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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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Lemmington Hamish from Tassie rolling the dice on Lemmington (19), Arapiles. Photographer: Steve Toal

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08/12/2016-5:30p:00pm - Pre-Opening VCC Trip to Gravity Worx Gym
Location: Gravity Worx Indoor Climbing Gym
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: Gravity Worx is a new indoor rockclimbing gym opening in mid December in Coburg. The VCC have been kindly given the opportunity to run a pre-opening, members-only VCC Club trip to the gym. Come along and check out Melbourne's newish gym. Where: 182-184 SUSSEX STREET COBURG Phone:03 9350 1789 This trip is only available to current VCC members. Please bring your currentVCC Membership Card along on the night. If you've yet to receive your new membership card, please print off your membership receipt. Non-members will need to join the VCC prior to this night. The cost of the night is a token$5:00 (Cash only at this stage). So, just turn up on the night, pay your money, read and sign the waiver form* and do a belay check. Then get climbing!The full gym will not yet be available for climbing, but there will be walls aplenty for everyone to enjoy. *It is recommended that you go to their webpage prior to the nightto complete the waiver online. Itwill save time on entry and paper on the night. You can even sign the waiver digitally. NOTE: As this trip is at a commercial business, there will be no need to signthe officialVCC Trip Register on the night.   [ More ]
10/12/2016Sports Climbing at Mt Macedon
Location: Back Wall, Camels Hump, Mt Macedon
Leader: Tara Laursen
Details: This trip is now FULL for Novice/Beginnerand Intermediate Climbers. Advanced climbers are welcome to come along, but please contact Tara prior to the trip. Ever wanted to try Sports Climbing but the grades are a little out of your reach? Then this is the trip for you. We will be venturing into the Tall Wet forests of Mt Macedon to have a play on a hidden little gem of a crag called Back Wall. With 20 or so listed climbs on a 20 metre high cliff, the Back Wall has something for everyone, with Sports Climbs ranging in grade from 9 through to 22. You can choose to lead these climbs, or simply top-rope them. Please contact Tara, the Trip Leader, for details and to secure a spot on this trip. Places are VERY LIMITED. This trip is suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers, but beginner numbers are strictly limited. This crag is ideal for those beginning to lead sports climbs.   Photos are from the VCC Club Trip to Back Wall, Mt Macedon, earlier this year. [ More ]
to 27/12/2016
Xmass @ The Pines
Location: Arapiles
Leader: Hywel
Details: Avoid those awkward Christmas gatherings and use your passion as an excuse, why not head for Arapiles. It has become an annual event and a favourite amongst non-natives whose families live overseas. Come and cruise your favourite climbs on Christmas Day and settle down for thde most tranquil day at The Pines you will see all year. This trip is suitable for climbers who have regularly climbed outdoors. Please email with your experience and whether you have a rope or trad rack. [ More ]
19/01/2017Twilight @ Camels Hump, Mt Macedon
Location: Camels Hump, Mount Macedon
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: Why not take advantage of the long summer days, daylight saving and climb in the evening and the coolness of Camels Hump? The plan is to start in the late afternoon and climb until dark at Melbournes premier summer crag. Some might even start climbing earlier. We will be climbing routes on both the Lower Cliff, and up on the Omega Block, at Camels Hump. It is quite a user friendly crag in terms of the area at the base of the climbs and the ability to set up top-ropes on some of the climbs. If you intend to lead, bring along a few bolt plates as a few of the routes still have some carrot boltsfor protection. While the Omega Block is home to plenty of harder sport routes, grades 21 and above, the Lower Cliff has a range of intermediate climbs.   Michael O'Reilly and Ross Timms are the trip leaders. If you are interested in joining the VCC on this trip, please contact the Trip Leader, Michael OReilly, to secure your place. Beginner numbers will be limited. Photos are from the 2016 Twilight VCC Trip to Camels Hump: Jayden leading Grey Arte. [ More ]
to 29/01/2017
Learn2Lead 2017 - Course #1
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The first Learn2Lead Course for 2017 is being organised to take place at Mt Arapiles from 24th 29th January. The VCC offers this course exclusively to members. Take the next step. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely: - Exclusive to VCC members - 6 days qualified instruction - All equipment, including trad gear, provided - Only 4 participants 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 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 $125 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the course. Photos: Michael's rack and a hex placement. [ More ]

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16/09/2015 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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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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