Author Archives: Derek Cheng

About Derek Cheng

Derek Cheng is a journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in publications in several countries, including the US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the UK. Since he discovered climbing about ten years ago, he has worked as little as possible so he can travel widely, chasing rock faces in all corners of the world - from stalactite-blessed limestone in China, to the alpine granite of the Bugaboos and the Sierra Nevada, to quartzite giants in Morocco. His work can be viewed at

Dirtbag Dispatches: The Totem Pole

Published in Adventure Magazine NZ, Dec/Jan, 2018/19 by Derek Cheng Photos by Derek Cheng, Matthieu Laloup and Chris Davis Trying to squeeze a right-angled block of rock hard enough to hold all of your weight is no trivial task. It … Continue reading

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