Rock Climbing In Victoria, Australia.
In association with Chockstone Photography
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.
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.
Kai Seth Robertson. 10 Years Old. Climbing Deceit at Black Hill and wondering if anybody else ever climbs on Victorian Granite these days? Photographer: Unknown
|Winter Camp 2017|
Location: Mt Feathertop
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: This Club Trip is now full. Please contact Philipp, the Tip Leader, as the Waiting List is open.
We're back - Yes the VCC is running another Mountaineering Program in 2017 and we're still working on the details. However the traditional Winter Camp trip is already locked in.
Get the dust off your snow-shoes and pray for snow! We are hiking up Bungalow Spur, or across the Razorback (whatever ticks your fancy), and meet at Federation Hut for a fluffy snow camp. There you have the choice between:
Just enjoying winter wonderland and cooking some snow OR
Joining the mountaineers and practicing self-arrest, building a Swiss pulley system and doing other weird things.*
If you haven't attended last year's Mountaineering Program or Winter Camp, there will be a mandatory mid-week briefing in Melbourne prior to the trip.
This trip is suitable for all levels of experience, with limited spaces for beginners. Anna and Philipp, the trip leaders, have climbed 7000m peaks, camped three weeks on Denali, spent the night in a 100km/h snow-storm on top of Bogongand recently returned from a successful self-guided expedition to Ama Dablam. You will be in safe hands.
Winter is coming.
DAH DA DUH DA DAH DUH DA DA DA (dadadadadadadadadadadadaada)
Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place or to get more information about snow camping.
*You'll need an ice-axe, crampons and a climbing helmet at a bare minimum. More details regarding theMountaineering Program 2017 will be released once we're done with the planning. Feel free to email us any questions in the meantime. [ More ]
|End of the Month @ Araps (July)|
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Amber Blodgett
Details: Perfect friction and northerly facing cliffs what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin Winter? Come along andcruise upthe nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes in the sun. Or climb something new. Try the Northern Group, Watchtower Faces or sunny Mitre Rock for a bit of serenity and sunshine.
We will be camping in The Pines, close to the action. There is no better rock to fondle than the hard quartzite of Arapiles, so contact your Trip Leader, Amber Blodgett,to register your interest.
This trip is suitable for all abilities, however there will be limited spaces for beginners.
Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear and hopefully we'll see you there.
Photos: Trip LeaderAmber Blodgett and The Organ Pipes at sunrise. (Photo Credits: Michael O'Reilly) [ More ]
|05/08/2017||Werribee Gorge - Falcons Lookout|
Location: Werribee Gorge
Leader: Tara Laursen
Details: Come along and hopefully enjoy some late winter sunshine at one of Melbourne's popular 'day-trip' crags. Plenty of single pitch climbs with a range of grades - there's sure to be something to interest you. Werribee Gorge is also an excellent crag to learn or practice the art of 'crack climbing'.
Tara ishappy to have a bunch of less experienced climbers join her on this trip. (Beginner and Intermediate Climbers; see the link to VCC Levels below). Although the trip is limited to 12 participants, more independent climbers who are experienced leaders are welcome too as extra participants.
The minimum climbing equipment needed by all participants includes: climbing shoes, harness, helmet, screw gates and a safety sling.
Contact the Trip Leader, Tara Laursen, if you are interested in attending this Club Trip. Climbers MUST contact Tara prior to the trip to come along on the day.
Photos: Trip Leader Tara Laursen and crack-climbing at Werribee Gorge [ More ]
|Learn2Lead Course #5: August 2017|
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The fifth Learn2Lead Course for 2017 is being organised to take place at Mt Arapiles from 23th to 28th August.
The VCC offers this course exclusively to members.
Take the next step. Learn to lead climb using natural protection, have fun and get home safely:
Exclusive to VCC members
6 days qualified instruction
All equipment, including trad gear, provided
Only 4 participants are on the course.
What you will learn:
Lead climbing using natural protection
Setting up belay stations and descending from the cliff
Protecting the second.
You should be able to safely belay and second a lead climber outdoors
You must be a currentVCC member.
Total cost: $695 per person, including GST.
Note: Parks Victoria Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles ($5:20 per person per night), Food and Transport are not included in this price.
The course is organised by the VCC, and is run over 6 consecutive days by a qualified private provider.
Contact Michael OReilly, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, as soon as possible to secure your place. There are only 4 places available on this course. Your place on the course will only be confirmed upon payment of a non-refundable and non-transferrable $195 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least4 weeks prior to the start of the course.
Photos: Michael's trad rack and a hex placement.
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|16/09/2017||Art On @ ACCA|
Location: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: As part of theGreater Together Exhibition at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, the VCC is supporting the Melbourne based group Field Theory.These artists are preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best, and when it all goes down they want to be ready. Treating ACCA as an inner city survival bunker, the collective will be stocking and skilling up for the duration of the Greater Together Exhibition.
We will participate in theSurvival Session #6, run a knot tying workshop and demonstrate abseiling from the roof of ACCA. If you always wanted to do some legal urbex and do some odd-ball climbing activities, you'll be in the right spot!
Due to the nature of this trip it is only open to advanced members - preferably current trip leaders. Places are very limited. Please contact Philipp for more details and if you're interested in joining this trip.
Note: All VCC members are welcome to the Exhibition Opening, Friday 7th of July 6pm to 8pm. [ More ]
LittleHammer - revolutionises Nut Tools.
Chockstone is proud to announce that one of our members, TimP, has revolutionised nut tools with the invention of a spring loaded impact nut tool he has called LittleHammer.
Check it out here: LittleHammer spring loaded impact nut tool.
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|New On Chockstone
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Jacqui has put together a PDF
guide to the new
in Melbourne. This is a free outdoor bouldering wall
built by climbers for climbers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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