Wednesday 17 December 2014

Photo of the Day

It’s funny how sometimes climbing is not fun at all. TV and warm couch seems much more appealing then the next pitch. Then you get back home and instead of the TV you reach for a guidebook.

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Photo of the Day

No Tom don’t do it … Had a funny photo session last weekend in the Blueys. Thanks guys you rock!

Photo of the Day

Hey guys no pressure but there is just a few hours left to join the October print giveaway As always the registration is fast and easy and I am curious which photo is going to be your favorite this month

Sunday 2 November 2014

Final days to join the October Print Giveaway

Here we go again. Another month is gone and I hope it was a good one for you. The good news is that with the end of the month your chance to win a free print is getting closer. As always you are most welcomed to participate and if this is your first time details how to register are below.

What else has been happening on the OnTheRope front? I had an exiting time visiting my family in the Czech Republic. Of course I tried to squeeze some climbing in and catch up with some old friends of mine. Together we did a quick trip to Switzerland to check out if the Swiss keep the best chocolate for themselves. To tell the truth I am not sure about the chocolate but it is a shame that they cannot export their mountains or climbing crags instead. 

From Europe I headed to New York to attend the Eddie Adams workshop. To say I was blown away is an understatement. I met so many inspiring people and learnt so much that it will take me a while just to digest it all. I will definitely write a separate blog post about it so stay tuned. If you are a photographer though and want to try something exciting give it a go ... you have nothing to loose.

(c) Black Team - The Eddie Adams Workshop

And finally almost straight from the Sydney airport I headed to the Blue Mountains to cover the Australian Climbing Festival. The festival was restarted after long seven years of waiting and the three days were packed with talks, climbing comps, debates and inspiring movies from around the world. There is going to be an article by the masters of words from the Vertical Life magazine. In the meantime a gallery of photos from the festival can be found here.

Do not forget to vote to win a free print

The voting for the October photo duel is closing on Tuesday 4th November and as always I am curious to find out which one of these two black and white shots below is your favorite. The registration is fast and easy. Just click on one of the photos below or follow this link.

Stormy surfing (Newcastle, Australia)

Yosemite River (California, USA)

Last month winner

I am also very excited to announce the winner of the last month photo duel. This month the print will stay in Australia and will go to Louis Bhim who selected the following photo from my trip to Indian Creek last year.

Death of a Cowboy, Indian Creek, USA

Thursday 23 October 2014

Australian Climbing Festival

After long seven years of waiting the Australian climbing festival got restarted and took place in Katoomba last weekend. Three days fully packed with talks, movies, climbing comp and lots of fun on top of that. 

Big shouts out to Gemma Woldendorp and Natasha Sebire for organizing the event. I had heaps of fun and everyone I met and talked to seemed to really enjoy it too. So thanks for that!

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Final days to join the September Print Giveaway

I hope you have had a wonderful month packed with exciting events and another one ahead of you. Time seems to fly fast which means that the end of the September Photo Duel is knocking on the door again. 

The voting is closing on Thursday 2nd October and I am curious to find out which of the landscape shots below is your favorite. The registration is fast and easy. Just click on one of the photos below or follow this link for a chance to win a free print of your choice.

Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA
Yosemite National Park, California, USA

I am also very excited to announce the winner of the last month photo duel. The print will soon go to Vladek Zumr all the way to Zurich in Switzerland.  By the way Vladek has some amazing climbing shots on his google profile. Check it out if you have a spare moment. 

And as usual I saved the best for last. Here is the winning photo of the last month duel. A photo of Matthew Wade on Saigon which was taken on a very early morning at Buttermilks in Bishop. If you were interested in more pictures from this trip they can be found in the Action Gallery on my website.


Sunday 17 August 2014

And the winner of the July Print Giveaway is ...

I am very excited to announce that the winner of the July photo duel is Andrew Gott. It took me a while to get in touch with Andrew hence the quite late announcement. It all worked out in the end and Andrew has picked the following photo of the Milky Way above Grose Valley in Blue Mountains. The print has been ordered with the trusted folks at PixelPerfect Prolab and will soon go all the way to Kentucky in USA. Congrats Andrew!

I had an awesome response to the first round so big thanks to all of you who participated and don't worry if you were not lucky this time. The August photo duel is already opened and waiting for your vote

The two "competitors" this month are Matthew Wade on Saigon in Bishop and Michael Lawrence with Tye Godwin on The Sublime and the Beautiful from Blue Mountains. I am super psyched to find out which one is your favorite.
  If you are new to the OnTheRope Print Giveway you can find more information here.

Thursday 14 August 2014

Photo of the Day

One from the Sydney Vivid festival this year. It was a rather rainy week so we tried to stay somewhere dry ;-)

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Would you mind a free print?

A few more days to pick your winner of this month photo duel and get a chance to win a free print of your choice. It is quick and easy. More details on See you all there :-)

Photo of the Day

Cold and windy was the Saturday night … but the sky was too good to give up :-). One of the frames from a milky way timelapse above the Grose Valley in Blue Mountains

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Photo of the Day

Congratulations to all the finalists at 2014 Australia Lead Nationals. Especially to Lucy Stirling and James Kassay the winners of the Open A category. On this pic … Kumari Berry, last year champ and the third overall this year, during her unconventional endurance “training” in Bungonia gorge NP

Saturday 19 July 2014

Photo of the Day

One from the last weekend when the sun finally showed its power again. Hamish crimping hard on Almost almost at Bowens creek … Winter in the Blueys at its best ;-)

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Photo of the Day

Simon cruising through Pente (5.11-) in Indian Creek. This pic is one from the US roadtrip which made it to the latest issue of Vertical Life which is as usually full of amazing reading. You can find more info about the mag on their website

Monday 30 June 2014

Photo of the Day

For the last couple of weekends I seem to be having a bad luck for good rock climbing weather. Fortunately Blue Mountains is a great place to hang around with a camera when the weather goes nuts.

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Photo of the Day

I have been thinking for a while how to say thanks to all the amazing people I’ve been climbing with, taken photo of or who supported me on social networks. So here is a little attempt to give something back. Every month there is going to be one FREE PRINT for you. Full story on

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Photo of the Day

There is no better feeling than placing a cam that just fits pefectly ;-) Well if you are a climber and like trad and …

Sunday 22 June 2014

Photo of the Day

Indian Creek is famous for its rad trad climbing. It kept amazing me though how beautiful this place is too. This picture is from a few months back. I arrived late the night before and being it my first trip I was not quite sure what to expect. When I woke up the next morning the weather was stormy and cold but just enough sun was let through to brighten up the colors of the fall. I was sold and fell in love with this place straight away. I remember that for the next whole month I did not get much sleep there though as these morning just kept coming …

Thursday 5 June 2014

Photo of the Day

On the way home from Blue Mountains last weekend. What a nice ending of a somewhat rainy climbing day …

Monday 2 June 2014

Photo of the Day

Very nice surprise to see Simon Blair on the cover of the winter issue of Vertical Life. Great reading as usually so do not forget to check it out. The mag is available for download at

Thursday 22 May 2014

Photo of the Day

One from the last trip to Tasmania. Getting out of the Totem Pole. Cannot wait to get back …

Sunday 18 May 2014

Photo of the Day

It’s hard to have a proper restday and do nothing when climbing near Moab. The nature around is just “delicate” ;-)

Saturday 17 May 2014

Photo of the Day

Saigon … when I was in Bishop I fell in love with this amazingly looking arrete … fortunately for me other climbers seemed to feel the same way.

Thursday 15 May 2014

OnTheRope Giveaway is coming soon

Test strips just arrived … Super excited to see so many memories on paper and looks like I am not the only one :-). Working on the last finishing touches of this personal project to give something back to you dear followers. Stay tuned :-). It will be announced soon …

Sunday 11 May 2014

Photo of the Day

Another start of the Czech sandstone season missed. My heart and fear is with you guys :-) … Here is an oldie where Pavel Pecis Peciva demonstrates that sometimes you have to be a Jack of all trades to get to the top of these amazing sandstone towers …

Thursday 8 May 2014

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There is always time to chalk up … Sunny crusing through The Boy from Oz at Bowens Creek in Blue Mountains

Wednesday 7 May 2014

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Mathew Wade working Saigon (V6) before the Californian sun an temeratures gets too high, Buttermilks, Bishop

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Photo of the Day

This pic is from our super-quick trip to the Gramps roughly two years ago … Some people say friction is better at night but I think it’s just an excuse to have a nap on their beloved crashpads ;-)

Friday 2 May 2014

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Mum is gone Hongi …. It’s just me and you again. So let’s take it easy for a few weeks and don’t get injured this time … ;-)

Tuesday 29 April 2014

Photo of the Day

Who said there is just trad climbing in tasmania ;-) … Joe Haebel enjoying sunset at the somewhat elevated sport climbing sector at Bare Rock

Saturday 26 April 2014

Photo of the Day

I wonder if coming home always feels the same … no matter where you live and what your conditions are.