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New Rock Mag
mikllaw
16/07/2013
5:51:27 PM
6/10 (points slashed for the 'foreign' articles) but good otherwise.

Firstly the front cover, nice, but if you can see any muscles on Andy R, it's not 22.

I liked Bruce Cameron's guest editorial, get as many points of view I say.
(I like articles about Australian climbing or Australians having epics overseas).

I liked Simon Weil's Squamish boulderfest, bouldering is so intense and body wrecking it's always good for a laugh. As was Bruces boot smellathon, the weirder the better.

The McMahon tributes were interesting, it always amazes me that we keep getting older and dying. And every amazing person is gonna go.

There are few articles which I don't think of as Australian climbing artricles, the pieces on Norway, Vietnam, and Ha Long Bay are competent travelouges, but don't really say much about Australian climbing.

The photos in the articles are much better than the photo gallery, I know people are out there snapping away. Where are their shots?

shortman
16/07/2013
7:55:48 PM
On 16/07/2013 mikllaw wrote:

>The McMahon tributes were interesting, it always amazes me that we keep
>getting older and dying. And every amazing person is gonna go.
>
Amen.
maxdacat
16/07/2013
8:05:59 PM
Seems odd to ignore destinations that are relatively close to us and Vietnam fits the bill in that respect. If it pushes a few people to explore things over there I don't see it as a bad thing.

It would take a lot for me to buy a climbing mag these days but one thing i would pay good money for is pdf's of back copies. Climb fit had a whole bunch of old Rocks from the 90's then they inexplicably got rid of them. Mostly just for the news to see what was put up when and how things evolved, but I imagine this is not part of their offering.

IdratherbeclimbingM9
16/07/2013
8:41:00 PM
On 16/07/2013 maxdacat wrote:
>It would take a lot for me to buy a climbing mag these days but one thing
>i would pay good money for is pdf's of back copies. Climb fit had a whole
>bunch of old Rocks from the 90's then they inexplicably got rid of them.
> Mostly just for the news to see what was put up when and how things evolved,
>but I imagine this is not part of their offering.

I have almost every issue. I am missing the first three editions (1980, 1981, & 1982) due being overseas myself at that time and not knowing the publication had started up, ... though later got the 'anniversary first edition' as an insert in the anniversary issue.

If you want to scan them (insert M75 type voice here), we should get our people to talk to each other (end M75 voice) ...

I also have full sets of some other Aussie climbing mags that came out for various numbers of editions in competition with Rock over the years...

They certainly don't lose their reading interest-value over time as far as I am concerned.
dalai
16/07/2013
10:07:56 PM
On 16/07/2013 mikllaw wrote:
>There are few articles which I don't think of as Australian climbing artricles,
>the pieces on Norway, Vietnam, and Ha Long Bay are competent travelouges,
>but don't really say much about Australian climbing.

I gave up on buying Rock mag years ago, but like the fact they are finally publishing articles about overseas destinations. For quite some time all they posted was about Australian crags - and after awhile you got tired of reading another article about THE Araplies...
mikllaw
17/07/2013
7:00:05 AM
On 16/07/2013 dalai wrote:
>...(I) like the fact they are finally publishing articles about overseas destinations.

It's good that others like them, my dislike is a personal view only
jdb
17/07/2013
9:57:16 AM
I concur with Dr Craw

The pity is, I saw some absolutely stunning Simon Carter photos (of Oz crags) in Rock and Ice (from memory) the other day. Nuff said
maxdacat
17/07/2013
10:28:30 AM
On 16/07/2013 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>On 16/07/2013 maxdacat wrote:
>>It would take a lot for me to buy a climbing mag these days but one thing
>>i would pay good money for is pdf's of back copies. Climb fit had a
>whole
>>bunch of old Rocks from the 90's then they inexplicably got rid of them.
>> Mostly just for the news to see what was put up when and how things
>evolved,
>>but I imagine this is not part of their offering.
>
>I have almost every issue. I am missing the first three editions (1980,
>1981, & 1982) due being overseas myself at that time and not knowing the
>publication had started up, ... though later got the 'anniversary first
>edition' as an insert in the anniversary issue.
>
>If you want to scan them (insert M75 type voice here), we should get our
>people to talk to each other (end M75 voice) ...

That sounds like quite a collection....I think it might be a little too much for my flatbed scanner but thank you. My point remains that Rock has so much cool history in their archives but they don't seem to do much with it. A select back copy news page from the 80's or 90's each month might generate a bit more etraffic for their site and help drive subscriptions.
mikllaw
17/07/2013
12:41:05 PM
On 17/07/2013 maxdacat wrote:
> A select back copy news page from the 80's or 90's each month
>might generate a bit more etraffic for their site and help drive subscriptions.

What's news 30, 20, and 10 years ago. And in print I think
plus a small 'fashion faux pas from the past' shot each issue

maxdacat
17/07/2013
12:57:30 PM
On 17/07/2013 mikllaw wrote:
> a small 'fashion faux pas from the past' shot each issue
>
>
Now that I can definitely relate to :p
One Day Hero
17/07/2013
1:15:47 PM
On 17/07/2013 mikllaw wrote:
>What's news 30, 20, and 10 years ago.........
>
30yrs ago - Bolts sunk into Arapiles and Cosmic, much dogging produces high quality routes in the upper 20's

20yrs ago - Bolts sunk into Nowra and Grampians, much dogging produces very high quality routes in the upper 20's and low 30's

10yrs ago - Bolts sunk into Blue Mountains, much dogging produces medium quality routes in the low to mid 30's

Present - Bolts sunk into B, C and "Wtf?"-grade Illawarra sandstone and the long ignored scraps of the Blue Mountains and Grampians, much dogging produces low quality routes in the low to mid 20's

Wow, isn't progress awesome?

jkane
17/07/2013
1:21:19 PM
This was my last issue. I'm not going to renew because they did a deal with Zinio for online subscriptions. I thought this was good move until I discovered that they are not publishing Rock for the iPhone version of the Zinio app (you can get it on a PC though). They (Zinio) claim that they are slowly adding more content to the iPhone version but I've given up waiting. Sounds like this was a pretty bad deal for Rock because they have lost at least one subscription because of this. :-(

I may renew if and when Rock finally turns up in the zinio shop on my iPhone

E. Wells
17/07/2013
4:52:33 PM
ODH, you seem to underrate the qaulity of low-mid 30's, name a few you have done?
One Day Hero
17/07/2013
6:07:31 PM
I haven't tried any of them, I don't climb that hard. However, I've heard rumours that hard routes in the Blueys are all pretty sharp, shit, and made of glue..............obviously I don't support such slanderous negativity, but that's the word on the street.

E. Wells
17/07/2013
6:21:59 PM
Neither do I, but you may have a point there. When you get into those grades though Im not sure about the 'sharp' bit, as that implies some degree of positivity to the holds!

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