Epic TV have been doing a fantastic job covering climbing news with their Climbing Daily program. I was honored to be interviewed for their show yesterday.
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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.
We have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help with some funding towards the book. Here you can pre-order Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed at discounted early-bird prices. There you can also get one of the special deluxe Limited Edition copies of the book (we are only producing 100 of these), the new World Climbing Calendar 2015, the Limited Edition Onsight Photography T-shirt, and more. Lots of big discounts to be had there. Go to Kickstarter –> here.
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 Standard Edition cover case is 32oz thick with a high gloss finish, it looks like this:
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:
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!
Please join us and pre-order the book now on Kickstarter –> here.
Thanks again! More soon. Simon
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.
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
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”…
Onsight Firstly tell us a bit about Read More
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.
The first time I saw high-lining Read More
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.
Had a nice surprise when opening my Post Office box on Friday. There staring up at me was the latest Rock and Ice Magazine – and with my photo on the cover! Had to look twice. Wasn’t expecting that. Was I dreaming? So I unwrapped it and had a closer look. Yes, it is for real, that cover is glued on there good and proper. Perfect reproduction and several shots of mine running inside too. Stoked!
I know, it’s probably funny, that after 20 years in the game I can still get excited about a cover — but I think that’s good – yeah? But Rock and Ice is not just any magazine. They have an awesome team who really know what they are doing and it’s no surprise to see the magazine is going great-guns. I’ve been a contributor for years and am always proud to get my work in there. As always, thank you Rock and Ice for publishing my work!
It’s a rhetorical question really — but we do think it is about time to unveil Elphinstone.
So what is this “Elphinstone” that we speak of? Well first, let’s be clear, we are not talking about the town of Elphinstone in Victoria, the County of Elphinstone in Queensland nor the reef of Elphinstone in the Red Sea. No, none of those — but Google Elphinstone and that’s mostly what you’ll find. Here we’re talking about the mega new (and mega hard) sports crag of Elphinstone (Elephant Stone) in the Blue Mountains!
Maybe you saw some “better than Taipan (Wall)” hype on Facebook but chances are you’ve probably not read too much about this place as yet. In typical Blue Mountains style, initial discovery and development was kept rather quiet, understandably. Word kind of just seeped out. But the Elephant is out of the bag now, so to speak. In fact, all of the currently available crag beta is now available on The Crag website here. The first two sentences there claim, and say, a lot:
This crag will prove to be the citadel of hard climbing in the Mountains. Pitches are generally around 30-35m, uncharacteristically sustained and pumpy, on bullet proof rock.
So let’s take a look at Elphinstone, it’s also an excuse for me to show you some new pics. Without further ado, may I present to you… (drum roll please)… ELPHINSTONE!!!
Looking from Cahills Lookout in Katoomba, Elphinstone is easily visible on the Radiata Plateau (which starts near Explorer’s Tree) to the north. So it is likely that climbers had gazed at the wall and at least considered the possibilities in the past. It wasn’t until Read More