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.
Martin Jackson contemplating the path to easier ground during the final runout on Work The Meat (20), Black Hill. Photographer: Steve Toal
|26/07/2017-7:00p||:30pm - VCC Club Nights @ Gravity Worx|
Location: Gravity Worx Indoor Climbing Gym
Leader: Mark Rippingale
Details: The VCC are holding regular Club Nights at Gravity Worx Indoor Climbing Gym. Initially these will be held fortnightly on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. For this month, the nights will be Wed 12th and 26th July.
These Club Nights will be relaxed and informal. The idea is that you can come along without a climbing partner and join in with other VCC members. It gives you the opportunity to meet other VCC members and find regular climbing partners. Or you could climb without a partner using one of the 16 auto-belays available. Perfect for those wanting to do some endurance training. Continuous climbing on these tall walls will certainly do the trick.
Mark Rippingale will be the official 'Trip Leader' on these Wednesday Nights. So find Mark when you arrive and have signed in. There is no need to contact Mark prior to these nights - just turn up ready to climb.
For these VCC Nights, the cost of entry for VCC members is $15, plus gear if needed. This is a heavily discounted entry for VCC members.
Trip Leader Mark Rippingale
Michael O'Reilly using some fancy footwork on the Green 25.
Gravity Worx Climbing Gym:
Phone:03 9350 1789
http://www.gravityworx.com.au/ [ 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 ]
|06/08/2017||Werribee Gorge - Falcons Lookout TRIP FULL|
Location: Werribee Gorge
Leader: Tara Laursen
Details: This trip is now FULL for Beginner and Intermediate climbers. Members who are Advanced Climbers/Experienced Trad Leaders can still contact Tara to join the trip.
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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|End of Month @ Araps (Aug) with Tree Watering and Mulching|
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Tara Laursen
Details: The month of August is a perfect time to climb at Arapiles and also an ideal time for watering and mulching our newly planted trees in The Pines. Why not come along and support the VCC and Cliffcare in helping to give back to a place that gives us so much .
Nurture the new trees in the Campground and watch them grow as you return to the Mount in coming years! The tree watering and mulching will happen on the Saturday morning commencing at 0900. Once the watering and mulching of the trees is finished, we can head out climbing.
This is a combined event involving the VCC, Cliffcare, Parks Victoria and Friends of Arapiles.
For the climbing organisation, please contact Tara Laursen, who will be your VCC Trip Leader. For the tree watering and mulching, please contact Ollie Sherlock.
Phone: 0409 155 106
Ollie next to one of the newly planted trees in The Pines.
The Organ Pipes at sunrise.
Trip Leader Tara Laursen.
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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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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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