8 | HOBBIES
STILL CLIMBING MOUNTAINS Long-time Wimmera journalist Keith Lockwood, of Natimuk, has for many years provided quiet inspiration for many people. Retired from the hectic pace of a regional newsroom, Keith, now 64, continues to pursue his love of rock-climbing and exploring his many interests such as playing the piano. He happily shared his experiences of his new life in retirement.
caling a cliff face and desperately searching for an elusive finger or toe-hold with nothing but a rope and a lot of air between you and the ground is unlikely to be everyone’s cup of tea – at any age.
Yet rock-climbing provides a great opportunity for many people, some of them well into their 60s, to challenge themselves both mentally and physically. Former Wimmera newsman Keith Lockwood has spent a lifetime contemplating, planning, climbing and conquering ascents, most often at but far from isolated to his home-town ‘rock’ of Mt Arapiles. And at 64, it is something he is still doing and continuing to help others enjoy. While reaching retirement from the newsroom might have put an end to his days of sifting through reams of copy, it has far from stopped him pursuing his other primary occupation – climbing. He is also using his time to explore other interests. Keith, an international authority on rock-climbing, has used his knowledge to publish an in-depth book on Mt Arapiles, and is a nationally accredited rock-climbing guide. Through Chris Peisker’s business
Keith Lockwood The Climbing Company, he and other guides help people, young and old, pursue the challenging craft. Keith said he had no reason to stop his pastime, which combined as a hobby and part-time employment. “It’s second nature. I sometimes feel more agile while vertical on a rock than I do when horizontal,” he said. He also added, with tongue in cheek, that he could ‘still out-climb the young-uns’.
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