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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 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:

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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:

Sample spreads

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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!

Please join us and pre-order the book now on Kickstarter –> here.

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

The photo is of Steve Moon climbing Pole Dancer (22) at the end of Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.

Rock and Ice cover

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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!

The photo is of Steve Moon climbing Pole Dancer (22) at the end of Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.

The photo is of Steve Moon climbing Pole Dancer (22) at the end of Cape Raoul, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia.

Lee Cujes making the first ascent of License to Climb Harder (7c), on The Face -- one of 2153 limestone karsts in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

Memorial Maria Luisa

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The Memorial Maria Luisa Photography Competition seemed like a good cause so I entered a few shots. I’m happy they both ended up with Highly Commended awards in the climbing category. Sweet!

See all the winning photos on their web site here.

Lee Cujes making the first ascent of License to Climb Harder (7c), on The Face -- one of 2153 limestone karsts in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

Lee Cujes making the first ascent of License to Climb Harder (7c), on The Face — one of 2153 limestone karsts in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

Doug McConnell leading, with Dean Rollins belaying, on The Ewbank Route (aka The Freed Route), which they freed at grade 27 in January 2009, on the 65 metre Totem Pole, at Cape Hauy, Tasmania, Australia.

Doug McConnell leading, with Dean Rollins belaying, on The Ewbank Route (aka The Freed Route), which they freed at grade 27 in January 2009, on the 65 metre Totem Pole, at Cape Hauy, Tasmania, Australia.

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Klettern calendar 2014

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For the third year in a row I’ve scored the cover of the German Klettern Magazine’s annual calendar; very stoked about that. They sent me some copies and it sure looks great — so be sure to get yourself a copy! Klettern’s is a massive poster sized wall calendar; props to them for producing something so big and unique.

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And some of my shots from inside… Read More

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World Climbing Calendar 2014

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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!

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Each calendar has a bonus Anniversary poster inside (measuring 550 x 295mm), showcasing a collage of 90 favourite photographs. Read More

Arapiles guidebook

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Well I’ve been busy… Since finishing the Grampians guidebook in February I’ve done trips to Spain and Moonarie, which I’ll have reports on soon, and in between trips have been beavering away in the office producing another guidebook. Thankfully this will be our last guidebook for a little while as I’ve got some exciting photography trips and projects coming up, but this was a good opportunity to finish producing something which I think will be a significant and popular guidebook to one of Australia’s premier climbing areas.

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So now I’m delighted to announce Arapiles, 444 of the Best. This is a very affordable, small-format, selected routes guidebook to Mount Arapiles. Read More

Ascent 2013

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Well I’m happy to have scored the cover of the 2013 Ascent magazine. This is only the third year that Rock and Ice Magazine have produced their beautiful Ascent annual. And, incredibly, this is the third year that I have scored the cover. Yep, a hat-trick of Ascent covers. Very cool! You can see my blog about the 2012 and 2011 covers here.

Also inside Ascent this year I have a lavish seven page photo feature on Queensland’s Wild Walls. There is a lot of good climbing and a great scene up in Queensland and I’m psyched to get some coverage for Aussie climbing in the international press like that. Many thanks to everyone up there who helped make this happen (Lee, JJ, Duncan, Rob, Sabina – to just name a few)!

Thanks Rock and Ice. Looks great.

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The photo is Olivier Michellod on the massive Typhoon (7c), in Crystal Cave on Telendos Island, near Kalymnos, Greece.

Grampians Guidebook

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Edit: Since publication of the guidebook author Neil Monteith has compiled this document detailing updates, corrections and several new routes.

This blog might have been a bit quiet of late but behind the scenes things have as busy as ever. Now I’m delighted to announce that our first project for the year is complete and will soon be released. It is an entirely new guidebook to one of Australia’s best climbing areas — the world class Grampians in western Victoria! The book is titled Grampians Climbing: Sport Crags. We decided to note “Sport Crags” in the title because the book covers the main sport climbing areas, however the book actually covers some 53 crags and the trad routes at those areas are also thoroughly documented.

This guidebook was personally a very satisfying project to work on. The Grampians has been one of my favourite places for climbing for the last 25 years and it has long been one of my favourite places anywhere for climbing photography. It was great to be able to use some of that photography (seen and unseen) in the book. This guidebook is long overdue and in the 11 years since the last Grampians guidebook many fantastic new routes have been climbed.

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The author of the book is Neil Monteith; he has established scores of new routes in the area and has his finger on the pulse. I really want to take my hat off to Neil here. It was Read More

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