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Welcome to Chockstone fellow climbers. Within this site you'll find our on-line guide provides supplemental information about most Victorian climbing destinations including the major areas of Arapiles, the Grampians and Mt Buffalo. The gallery is chock full of images & video from all over the state and our interviews with local climbers has been a welcome addition to the articles section. A few pearls of climbing wisdom can be found in the tech tips, along with detailed photos of useful knots.

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Thorever Jessica Tam seconding pitch 3 of 'THOREVER' at Thor Head , Mt Vic, NSW. Blatant new route propaganda! Photographer: E. Wells

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to 3/05/2015
Autumn at Araps!
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: David Scarlett
Details: Wonderful friction and no more heat what better reason is there to visit The Mount in late autumn?
Take advantage of the walls, buttresses and gullies that face in all directions to find perfect climbing conditions. Ooze your way up the Watchtower slabs or bask in the warmth of the sun while climbing in the Northern Group.
Arapiles offers well over 2700 routes - theres something for you! Come along and venture away from the nearby classics and climb something new. Or climb the well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes.
There is no better rock to fondle than the hard quartzite of Arapiles, so contact David to register your interest.
Beginner places may be limited. [ More ]
17/05/2015Treehugging 2.0
Location: Little River Picnic Ground, Taggerty, VIC
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: Recreational tree climbing is a fairly new thing in Australia. It has been around for a while in the US and German speaking countries. However just in our backyard are some of the biggest trees in the world. The mountain ashes in the Yarra Ranges have recorded heights of over 90m, and those still alive are continuing to grow.

We will be taking it easy and getting up a little tree. This is about learning basic SRT and avoiding hurting yourself or the tree. Please bring your normal climbing gear except the rack.

Trip pre-requisites:
- You should be able to safely belay and abseil outdoors.
- You must be a VCC member.

Suitable for beginners, experienced intermediates and advanced climbers. Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place. Beginner numbers may be limited and the trip has a limit of 10 climbers. [ More ]
23/05/2015Werribee Gorge
Location: Falcons Lookout, Werribee Gorge State Park
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: Its that perfect time of year to visit the sun soaked cliffs at Falcons Lookout. Engage your fancy footwork, core and talons to scale 500 million years of geological history and then, if you feel so inclined, yell "yipeeee Im the king of the world!".
Suitable for beginners, experienced intermediates and advanced climbers.
Contact Hywel, the trip leader, to secure your place. [ More ]
to 10/06/2015
Learn to Lead Course
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: Take the next step. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely.
Exclusive to VCC members
6 days qualified instruction
All equipment provided
A max 4 students per instructor.

What you will learn:
Lead climbing using natural protection
Setting up belay stations and descending from the cliff
Multi-pitch considerations
Protecting the second.

Course pre-requisites:
You should be able to safely belay and second a lead climber outdoors.
You must be a VCC member.

The cost:$625 per person including GST

Contact Michael, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, as soon as possible to secure your place. [ More ]

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7/12/2013 The passing of John Ewbank.
The Australian climbing community has been shocked to learn of the passing away of John Ewbank on December 2, in New York as a result of tragic complications following emergency abdominal surgery earlier in the year.

John, the architect of the Australian Climbing Gra ... [ More ]

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23-May-2006 Jacqui has put together a PDF guide to the new Burnley Wall in Melbourne. This is a free outdoor bouldering wall built by climbers for climbers.
17-Feb-2006 Beechworth Bouldering Guide Paul Martin has contributed a guide to the Beechworth Bouldering Circuit. From a climber’s perspective, the Beechworth area is worth spending some time in as it is blessed with a large number of granite boulders upon which we may ply our trade. The bouldering in this guide covers only a small but popular area which lies within close proximity to the town centre.
15-Feb-2006 Dr Ron Farmer has contributed an article Protecting An Abseil: A Study Of Friction Knots. The aim of this study was to examine the suitability of various knots for protecting an abseil with a self-belay.
08-Dec-2005 At long last the Chockstone T-Shirts are finally happening! Belinda Rees of Makalu Mountain Equipment has kindly taken on the daunting task and financial cost of producing and selling them. Please support her efforts by placing an order via the fax details shown below. If you want to pick up a shirt before Christmas, you'll need to get your order in pronto.
17-Nov-2005 Neil has created a guide to Grahams Creek, Victoria Range, Grampians and well as another to Windjammer Wall, Mt Stapylton, Grampians. Both are also available in PDF.
08-Nov-2005 WIN THIS BOOK! World Climbing by Simon Carter WIN THIS BOOK! To celebrate the launch of Simon Carter's fabulous new photo book - World Climbing, Chockstone is hosting a competition - the prizes being signed copies of the book! Check out this topic on the forum for details on how to win.
04-Aug-2005 Bad Moon Rising Wall, Grampians.Neil has added a guide to a new crag in the Northern Grampians, at Hollow Mountain: Bad Moon Rising Wall. The routes and rock quality resemble Wall Of Fools at Summer Day Valley. The right side is home to several nice sport routes and the left has some of the best easy jug fests in the Grampians.
17-Jul-2005 James has updated the Mt Difficult, Grampians guide as a revised PDF. Also reviewed Slack Jaw DVD's Blood Sweat and Bagels, and Stick It, both of which I really enjoyed.
27-May-2005 Jacqui takes a rest on Invisible Fist (26), Taipan Wall. Added video of Jacqui Middleton leading The Invisible Fist of Professor Hiddich Smiddich (26) at the jewel of the Grampians, Taipan Wall. The scary traverse out right and back left to tag the finish is well above the last bolt. Video shot from two angles, including above and behind via an overhanging abseil.
18-Mar-2005 Neil has updated his Mt Stapylton Campground guide. Grab the PDF for the latest version. Includes 40 climbs within walking distance of the campsite. Areas: Mini Castle Crag, Warden Wall, Sentinel Cave & Wall, The Guardhouse, and Mt Pleasant.
01-Feb-2005 Simon Mentz Interview with Photos By Simon Carter. Completed the Interview with Simon Mentz. Local reader's will probably best know Simon's name as the co-author of those outstanding guide books Arapiles Selected Climbs, and Grampians Selected Climbs. Other's might have come across his name against numerous starred first ascents that are now considered classics in the Grampians, Mt Buffalo and deep in the heart of the Northern Territory. Simon's climbing life has taken him to more distance places like The Nose of El Capitan and the Matterhorn, but his nucleus remains the appealing country life of Natimuk.
25-Jan-2005 Dave Jones Interview with Photos By Simon Carter. Completed the Interview with Dave Jones. The man with a quiet voice and supernatural shoulders has a reputation for bold, run out, trad horror shows, including one such ascent captured on film during the making of the well known climbing movie "Hard Grit". With first ascents that include the hardest route at Mt Arapiles, Punks Addition (32), some scary stuff on Taipan Wall and a wealth of bold FA's and repeats throughout the world, it's a wonder Dave has time to earn a living.
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