The Living Rock
The Invention of climbing in Eastern Australia
By Michael Meadows
Telling stories of postwar climbing in Queensland, The Living Rock provides a comprehensive history of climbing in Australia, covering inspirational and educational tales of rock and mountain climbing. During the 1920s and 1930s, the first mass climbing movement in Australia emerged in southeast Queensland, along with a small, active cohort in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. One significant element of the Queensland-centred movement was the high participation rate by women – a feature unparalleled anywhere else in the country at the time.
- Part I explores the earliest known European ascents in Australia and the emergence of rock climbing as a recreation before World War II.
- Part II focuses on climbing in postwar Queensland until about the late 1980s.