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CRUX Magazine Issue #1 launch! 2-Oct-2006 At 3:31:52 PM The Keeper
Sounds like a little rippa, by crikey! This is a bold run-out move to the crux in true Aussie fashion! May I, in fine insurgent fashion , suggest you contact Mountain Equipment Co-op in Vancouver and see if you can get it distributed Up Over via their chain of stores across the great white north. This is important for the future of Aussie climbing ;), I recall vividly, no, really bloody vividly , the light-headed and orgasmic feeling when I stumbled across "ROCK" in the Vancouver MEC store back in 2001. Who then would have thunk -- a real Aussie climbing mag! Flicked through the thing, even with a few pages stuck together with very old vegemite, and was simply floored by the content - most importantly a pic of the legend "Ace" hanging way, way off the deck on some fearsomely heinous Tassie crag. It was like discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls.
It was a deep insight into the true meaning of Queen'sland matilda starch. The event certainly enhanced a certain degree of Aussie delinquency with this lad. MEC stores usually contain a good selection of climbing guides (the now moulderin Araps Select and Grampians Guides not to mention the blue bible from Katoomba - that Monique is rewriting top down. They also stock a number of climbing mags - ROCK, the Alpinist,
Gripped, Rock & Ice, Climbing, etc. MEC would be a good place to peddle some of this terrorist Aussie material - the downside - you will get more really shy, innocent, introverted Canadian climbers down under - even a couple with bolt guns to liven things up a bit in starchy Queen'sland!

I will pick up a copy via my mates Onsight outlet - otherwise if none dispersed on this side I will pick up copies when I return in 2008 and commit to reading them around the campfire under a clear Aussie night sky as the dingoes serenade kangaroos, on the Nullabor. Once digested cover to cover, I will donate them to the trucker's reading lounges on the Great Eastern Highway as a contribution to upgrading the literary diet of these blokes from it's more primal foci.

As for contributions from this wee lad, you just never know - there is a certain salient potential in the upcoming first VFA (vegemite free ascent) of "Stairway to Aussie Heaven" - Australia Mt. You might have to outbid Aussie Geographic for the right to break that scandalous story but with a few free VB I might be more pliable. The photo docs pertaining to the deep sounding of Aussie climbing history on that glorious peak, will have Paris Match in the deepest of envy. Going to be a slice into the past - maybe to rival the discovery of the Temple of Knossos, or Macchu Picchu, or water at Alice Springs. ;)

In a more serious vein, best of luck with this - It is sure to reduce Chalkbag's concern that Aussie climbing is moribund. Au contraire!

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