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Last month Chris Sharma visited Australia and before heading around the country on his speaking tour he snuck in a few days climbing in the Grampians. I had the pleasure of catching up with Chris and producing this video for Prana, which they have now just released. It was great fun putting this together; I hope you enjoy it. For best effect, go full high-definition and full screen.
We had two days to film Chris climbing — in fact the footage of his attempt at The Wheel of Life (v15) “boulder problem” comes later the same day after sent the Groove Train (33)!
Massive thanks to the truly fantastic crew who helped me put this together: Gareth Llewellin (rigging and camera), Brett Williams (camera), John Binstead (editing), Stephen Bartlett (music production) and Darryn Rogers (graphics). You guys are awesome!
Well I’m stoked to announce that our World Climbing Calendar 2014 is available now. This year is special, we are celebrating 20 years of Onsight Photography and this is the 20th annual wall calendar that we’ve produced! I find that a rather strange thought, and it brings with it some mixed emotions. When I started getting serious about this stuff over 20 years ago some people’s predictions weren’t entirely encouraging. Honestly I didn’t expect to be in the game for particularly long, I just had a burning desire to create a certain sort of imagery and decided to give it a serious go. Keeping the wheels turning takes a lot more than just taking and selling climbing photographs, but despite the bump and grind I do consider myself lucky to have found a way to make it work in a fast changing world. I feel extremely fortunate to have followed my dreams; to explore my vision of climbing and capture climbers doing their thing in many spectacular places. Obviously, I couldn’t have done any of this without an incredible amount of help from many climbers — as well as the amazing support of the greater climbing community. Thank you everyone!
And so let me present our special 20th Anniversary Edition calendar – the World Climbing Calendar 2014!
Each calendar has a bonus Anniversary poster inside (measuring 550 x 295mm), showcasing a collage of 90 favourite photographs. The centre-spread can also be pulled out and used as a poster.
The calendar itself is 30 x 30cm and opens to 30 x 60cm (12 x 24″). Design is stylish and functional and includes international holiday dates and moon phases.
I’ve been on a bit of a whirlwind of trips lately, largely because I’m working on a new coffee-table photo book on Australian rock climbing. My 1998 book Rock Climbing in Australia has been out of print for several years, so a new book is well overdue. I’m really excited by this project, it’s a big challenge and I have been really really enjoying visiting and photographing some great Australian climbing areas that I haven’t been to for years.
So here’s a little, very overdue, report from a quick trip to the Moon a few months back. They just call it the Moon, it’s an appropriate name, but of course I mean Moonarie in the Flinders Ranges, about 5 hours drive north from Adelaide in South Australia. On the edge of the great Australian Outback, the Moon sure does feel a little out of this world…
So that’s really about it. I hope you enjoyed the photos and can understand why I think this is a very special place. Visiting climbers from overseas can be forgiven for not getting much past Arapiles, the Grampians, and the Blue Mountains, but for local climbers it’s kinda an obligatory part of the Australian experience. Actually, no, scrap that, the place sucked; we kinda enjoyed having it all to ourselves.
This is just a teaser of photos from the trip, look out for more in the World Climbing Calendar 2014, and the new coffee-table book which should be out later next year.
Finally a big shout out to fellow astronauts, Susy Goldner, Rob Saunders, Simon Wilson, Peter Matulich, Matthew Cojean and Anne-Katrin Haag. Thanks for the good times and help with the photos. Great sharing this brief adventure with you all!
Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy climbing!