15
Feb

Urban Youth Squad at Vic State Titles

This past weekend saw the Victorian State Lead Titles go off with a bang down in Melbourne. We saw the typical comp blur of route setting, psyche, whippers, tops, tears, and tantrums. All told, more than 100 competitors turned out to vie for the title across a range of categories. Three of the Urban Climb Youth Squad made the journey

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7
Feb

Rock climbing around Melbourne: Grampians (sport climbing)

Rock climbing around Melbourne: Grampians (sport climbing) Once you’ve sampled the boulders of The Grampians, you can’t help but look up and beyond. There’s kilometres of cliff-line, and it’s packed with some of the highest quality sandstone rock climbing in the world. To foreign climbers, the historic Taipan Wall features perhaps the best known rock climbing routes in Australia. With

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24
Jan

Rock climbing around Melbourne: Grampians (bouldering)

Rock climbing around Melbourne: Grampians (bouldering) Perhaps the only thing that could make Mt Arapiles a better rock climbing destination, is if there was world class bouldering and sport climbing within an hours drive. Oh wait… The Grampians are every bit as good at Mt Arapiles, if for different reasons. Better known among non-climbers, the Grampians is a holiday destination

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16
Jan

Mt Arapiles – Rock climbing around Melbourne. pt.1

Rock climbing around Melbourne: Mt Arapiles Traddie baddie, hex clangers can’t get enough of this place – and for good reason. Mt Arapiles is a world class, internationally renowned traditional rock climbing destination. Many monumental moments in Australian (and, really, world) rock climbing have taken place on this bullet hard sandstone. Wolfgang Gullich journeyed here in 1985 to climb the

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10
Jan

A day in the life of an Urban Climb route setter

How does a route setter take rock climbing movements, and put it onto the walls at Urban Climb? It goes a little something like this…   Caffeination A legitimate dose of caffeine is essential. The team gathers, the coffee appears, and the psyche accumulates. The reality is, route setting is physically demanding. By weeks end, the team is sore –

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