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Andrew ‘Squib’ Cubbon, Simply the Best (28), The Star Factory, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania.

2014 — through the lens

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Photography gives us such a wonderful way to reflect on the past, and perhaps gain a hint of where we are are going. I thought I’d start the new year off here with a quick reflection on my photography from 2014. I’ve selected 12 of my favourite images from 2014 to share with you.

Looking at the images, two things really stand out to me…

Firstly, 2014 was an incredibly busy year. My major project for the year was to complete my new book Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed, the culmination of many years work. I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard for so long. I am immensely proud of the finished result and what we achieved with this book; I think it is fair to say, at the least, that this is a significant documentation of Australian climbing. Because that project so dominated the year it meant that some other projects were neglected or put on the back burner. I barely had time for any work on this web site, for example, so that’s something that will be rectified this year. I’m super excited about our plans for — among other things — this site and our email newsletter. The email newsletter already has over 1800 subscribers; it’s our main platform for sharing news and images (and freebies), so ensure you are subscribed to our newsletter –> here (we do not spam, you can unsubscribe anytime).

The other standout from 2014 is how much I have to be grateful for. I am very lucky to do creative and interesting work, at to some of the most spectacular places on the planet, with great friends and some of the nicest, most positive and inspiring people that I know. Whether it’s the climbers or others who have helped with photography, the 80 authors who contributed stories and text for Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed, the 100’s of people who supported our new book Kickstarter campaign, and everyone else who has supported our work in some way, or just connected with us on Facebook or Instragram and being positive about what we are doing… well, I’ve really felt the love — and I feel so very grateful for that. Thank you so much everyone.

So here are 12 highlights from 2014. And here’s cheers to 2015!

Andrew ‘Squib’ Cubbon, Simply the Best (28), The Star Factory, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania.

Andrew ‘Squib’ Cubbon, Simply the Best (28), The Star Factory, Freycinet Peninsula, Tasmania.

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Monique sends Tiger Cat!

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Great news! On 27 December 2014 Monique Forestier sent Tiger Cat (33, 8c, 14b) at Elphinstone, here in the Blue Mountains.

Monique on the last hard move of Tiger Cat.

Monique on the last hard move of Tiger Cat.

Monique is the first Australian woman to climb routes graded 31, 32 and 33 and this is her second route at grade 33. Monique has written about the send and the process she went through to finally nail this project; check that out on her blog –> here. She doesn’t talk about the injuries and distractions along the way, but none of that matters now. I’m super psyched for her and proud that she stuck to her guns. As her belayer that day it was great to see the send; perfectly executed and an electric moment at the end. A great achievement. Congratulations Monique! Be sure to follow her on Instagram –> here.

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World Climbing Calendar 2015

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2015. Boom! It is here. Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all have a truly wonderful year. I’m super excited about all the things we already have planned for 2015, looks like it’s going to be another big one. The last few months have been manic here and along the way there is something that I’ve missed mentioning here…

…and that’s the World Climbing Calendar 2015!

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Cover photo: Keith Ladzinski

A bit of background: It all started 21 years ago with the Australian calendar for 1995. And then it transitioned to a World calendar in 2002. Every year for the last 20 years I have produced a calendar exclusively featuring my photography. It has been a great way of sharing my work and over the years the calendar has built up a strong following.

Some years ago, for the 2007 calendar, I did something a bit different: in addition to producing my normal World Climbing Calendar 2007 exclusively using my photography (which was widely distributed internationally), I also produced an Australian Climbing Calendar 2007 using the work of several Australian photographers (and distributed locally). There were a few reasons why I did this: Firstly, I thought it would be a good thing for the Australian climbing scene if we had an annual Australian climbing calendar again (my one regret when I’d switched my personal focus to producing a World calendar). Secondly, I thought I’d be nice to support some other Australian climbing photographers. I was curious how much support there would be for a specific Australian climbing calendar. The result? Unfortunately there was actually a decline in sales in Australia that year. I was surprised, I thought the industry and consumers might have gotten behind it but clearly not enough people cared. An interesting lesson. I was a little disappointed; not for myself but for the scene here. Since the extra work and expense in producing a second calendar featuring other photographers work could not be justified, it was easier to continue working on my own exclusive calendar — which has continued to sell strongly through a number of outlets around the world.

Fast forward a few years… For the World Climbing Calendar 2015, our 21st annual calendar, we decided it was time for a change again. So firstly, we completely redesigned the format (which incidentally had the benefit of allowing significantly cheaper postage rates without reducing size of the writing space). And secondly, I decided to reach out to three of the World’s best climbing photographers to see what we could produce in collaboration. Samuel Bie, Keith Ladzinski, and Lukasz Warzecha are three super hard-working guys who are dedicated to the craft, they travel widely and I admire their work immensely. So I was very stoked and honored when they all agreed without hesitation to work with me on this. It was a delight to sift through all the work that they submitted, and really tough to narrow it down to a final selection. The World Climbing Calendar 2015 is the result.

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported the calendar over the years — especially to those of you who have purchased it year after year. If you have any feedback on our new format calendar for 2015, I’d love to hear it.

UPDATE: We have SOLD OUT, as have many of our overseas distributors. Copies may still be available from Mapiberia in Spain, JeGrimpe in France and Ruheabteil Gear in Switzerland.flyer-spreads

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Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed

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Hi Everyone

Things have been quiet on the blog front, as you can see; my apologies for that. It is because I have been working on a new coffee-table book on Australian rock climbing called Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed. This book is the result of many years work and the last six months have been some of the busiest of my life as we’ve worked hard to complete it.

At last, I’m delighted to announce that production of Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed is progressing well – and if all goes well, it should be available around the end of October. This post will give you a quick preview of the book, and I’ll use it to provide updates on the books availability.


UPDATE:
We have received delivery of the book and it can now be ordered from –> here. There you will also find a link to our stockists and distributors list.


Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed is a hard-cover coffee-table book. Featuring 350 images, it is an exciting photographic journey to 21 Australian climbing destinations.

In addition to the images, this book contains text written by 80 individual authors, giving an insight into the heart and soul of Australian climbing. The emotive and often humorous stories, along with the spectacular imagery, make this a true celebration of Australian climbing that will inspire every climber.

The book is 192 pages and will be printed on high-quality 170gsm Lumi Silk Art Paper (European plantation stock). The Regular Edition cover case is 32oz thick with a high gloss finish, it looks like this:

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Limited Edition

We will also producing a special deluxe edition of the book — limited to only 100 copies. Each of these Limited Edition copies will be individually numbered, feature a ribbon page marker and will come boxed. Most significantly, the Limited Edition cover will feature a five-layer lenticular mosaic design with 75 flickering images, debossed into a 40oz matt black scuff-resistant case. The lenticular will look like this:

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Thanks everyone

I just want to finish with a word of thanks to everyone who has helped me and supported this project. This book is the result of a massive collaborative effort. Hundreds of climbers have helped out with the photography over the years. Some 200 individual climbers feature in the book, and there is also the belayers and many others who helped along the way. Also, eighty climbers have contributed text. I feel very honored to have received such support. Thank you so much everyone!

For news, updates and more of my work, subscribe to my email newsletter –> here. And let’s connect on Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks again! More soon. Simon

Chloé Minoret, Le Denti (7c+), Goudes, Les Calanques.

Les Calanques, France ~ gallery

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Two things:

I’m sending out another email newsletter today. I’m psyched about these and have had a great response from them. Many thanks to everyone who has subscribed. If you haven’t already, and would like to get an exclusive look at some of my best recent work, and much else besides, then please subscribe –> here. It’s free, and you can unsubscribe anytime.

And I’ve just added a photo gallery of the beautiful Les Calanques which overlooks the Mediterranean in France. After putting that together, I’m frothing for a holiday there! See the gallery –> here.

Thanks for visiting my site! More soon.

~ Simon

Chloé Minoret, Le Denti (7c+), Goudes, Les Calanques.

Benno Wagner, leading pitch 13 (crux) of Manara-Potsiny (8a), 600m (18 pitches) on Tsaranoro Be, Tsaranoro, Madagascar.

Tsaranoro Madagascar ~ gallery and beta

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Visiting, and trying to climb on, the massive granite domes of the Tsaranoro Massive in the Southern highlands of Madagascar, was without doubt one of the most memorable climbing trips I’ve ever done.

So I’m delighted to present a new feature gallery on Tsaranoro. And words by Monique Forestier to help get you inspired — plus some beta to help get you started on your adventure, should you ever be keen. But even if this is a place that you’ll never visit, it sure is worth knowing about. Biggest quality walls in the Southern Hemisphere and all. And the lemurs!

Be sure to check out the gallery here –> www.onsight.com.au/gallery/madagascar-tsaranoro

Benno Wagner, pitch 10 of Manara-Potsiny (8a), 600m (18 pitches) on Tsaranoro Be, Tsaranoro, Madagascar.

Daniel Fisher on the opening moves of Attack Mode/White Ladder at Nowra, Australia.

Daniel Fisher ~ interview

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The first time I saw Daniel Fisher climbing was in the 2012 Australian Nationals, lead competition, when he put on an impressive display, blitzed the field, and took the title. It was obvious that he was one of Australia’s best up and coming new generation climbers. But then things went a bit quiet (at least to me), until recently, when at the end of January Daniel made the second ascent of White Ladder at Nowra – Australia’s first grade 34 route — which was established some 10 years ago and had gone without a repeat ascent until now (it’s discussed in our interview with Chris Webb Parsons here).

Given that Daniel is one of only a handful of Aussie climbers to crank that hard, I thought it could be interesting to find out what makes him tick, chew the fat and get some tips. So we put some questions to him and found out just what might be his “special sauce”…

Daniel Fisher on the opening moves of Attack Mode/White Ladder at Nowra, Australia.

Daniel Fisher on the opening moves of Attack Mode (32)/White Ladder (34) at Nowra, Australia.

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James Short stridently striding the length of a mega-long line, somewhere high above the Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains.

Goddam slackers!

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Goddam Slackers! Don’t they know I have work to do? But that’s right, “I’m a photographer”. And what better “excuse” to “slack off” for a bit — and get out and capture some of the sweet slack-line action that I’d been hearing about. This was a little get together of like-minded slackers — and it was right here in the Blue Mountains.

Of course, slack-lining is easy-peasey. Set that tape up just one foot above the ground, and I too have no trouble walking it like a boss for all of at least 0.57 seconds. But no. We’re talking about the long and high pant-pooping version of slacklining here — highlining.

James Short stridently striding the length of a mega-long line, somewhere high above the Megalong Valley, Blue Mountains.

James Short stridently striding the length of a mega-long line, somewhere high above the Megalong Valley, in the Blue Mountains.

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Evan Stevens, The Siege of Thermopylae (6c+), sector Spartacus, Kalymnos, Greece, with Telendos Island in the background.

Kalymnos Greece ~ gallery and beta

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Over the last 20 years I’ve been lucky to have photographed at dozens of climbing areas around the world. Keep your eye on this web site as we will be regularly releasing new photo galleries here. Along with my photos, there will be some information and beta about each area.

First up, lets take a tour of Kalymnos in Greece – one of the world’s great climbing holiday destinations. See the gallery –> here.

To stay in touch, and get bonuses (including computer wallpapers for images like this one below), be sure to sign up for our newsletter –> here.

Evan Stevens, The Siege of Thermopylae (6c+), sector Spartacus, Kalymnos, Greece, with Telendos Island in the background.

Evan Stevens, The Siege of Thermopylae (6c+), sector Spartacus, Kalymnos, Greece, with Telendos Island in the background.

Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed is here Order now!