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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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20-11 Solo grampians trip in Jan. Doable?
20-11 North Jawbone gear return 19/11
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15-11 Arapiles short film screening in Melbourne on Tues
  
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Touchstone Pictures Charlotte Durif (France) sending Touchstone Pictures ***28, Bundaleer. Photographer: Steve Toal

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02-Nov-2017:
Adelaide & Surrounds
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Hotham & Huts
01-Jun-2017:
Adventures High & Low

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25/11/2017
to 26/11/2017
EOM @ Araps/Djurite (November) & Cliffcare Working Bee
Location: Mount Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Paula Toal
Details: Warmer weather, wild flowers and still good friction what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin late Spring? Well, the opportunity to help for an hour or two on the second Cliffcare Central Gully Working Bee is another good reason. Come along andcruise upthe nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes in the sun. Or climb something new? Or head up into Central Gully right-hand side for some all day shade. 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 Leaders, Paula and Steve Toal,to register your interest. The Cliffcare Working Bee will involve helping on the redevelopment of the Central Gully Walking Track on Saturday morning. Spare an hour or two to move a few rocks down the track so that our Stonemason Walter can continue his work. No uphill trudge required. Meet at the top of Central Gully at 9:30am. Wear closed toe shoes. 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 Leaders Paula and Steve Toal; and The Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
02/12/2017
to 03/12/2017-8am
Bundaleer - Grampians
Location: Bundaleer
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: A favorite of mine, especially on those hotter days, Bundaleer has a rich climbing history following its discovery in 1964. It hosts a series of amazing lines established by the likes of John Ewbank, Henry Barber and Mike Law, to name only a few. To quote Glen Tempest, its the 'gritstone crag of the Grampians', and its a gem. It's best for those who can climb 20+ but there are also some classic climbs that fall in the grade 12-18 bracket. The trip is suitable for intermediate and advanced climbers only. The crag has morning sun and comes into shade for the afternoon making the crag a great choice in summer. [ More ]
05/12/2017-6:00p:00pm - Knot Night at Wilson Ave Boulder
Location: Wilson Avenue Bouldering Wall, Wilson Avenue, Brunswick (just off Sydney Rd)
Leader: Ben Wright
Details: Knots, bights, bends and hitches. So you have one or two knots to your repertoire? Want to know a few more? Or just dust off the cobwebs in your memory.   Watch demonstrations and practice building anchors, using prusiks and tying loops of all sorts.   The Wilson Ave Boulder was recently reset by the VCC with all new problems. Turn up earlier should you wish to have an informal climbing workout. [ More ]
09/12/2017
to 10/12/2017
Red Rocks, Mt Cole
Location: Red Rocks, Mt Cole
Leader: Ben Wright
Details:   Slaba Dabba Doo. Big granite slabs, 3 abseils required to access! Adventure climbing on long multi-pitch slab routes, sparsely protected with a mix of trad and bolts, both carrots and fixed hangers (no sport routes).   There are acres of solid granite and great views across to the Grampians, an easy approach (then three abseils) and some long run-outs. Good routes in the mid to upper teens. The trip is suitable for Advanced and Intermediate climbers only. Contact Ben Wright, the Trip Leader and VCC President, if you are interested in coming along on this trip.   Will be camping at Chinamans Campgrounds, Chinaman Road, Mt Cole.   [ More ]
16/12/2017
to 17/12/2017
Mt Arapiles/Djurite December Special
Location: Mount Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Cameron Abraham
Details: Great climbing and avoiding Xmas Parties what better reasons are there to visitMt Arapilesin December? Come along and enjoy the nearby classics in the Organ Pipes, or climb something new in the shade. Our experienced Trip Leader Cameron will lead the way in his first trip for 2017. Tap into his 'local knowledge' and wealth of experience. 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, Cameron Abraham,to register your interest. This trip is suitable for all abilities, however beginners are most welcome. If you are keen to come on this trip, please contact Cameron and send through some details about your experience and climbing gear. Photos: Trip Leader Cameron Abraham and his 'special friend'; and The Organ Pipes at sunrise.   [ More ]

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10/26/2017 New Nose record 2:19:44

http://www.elcapreport.com/content/elcap-report-102117-new-nose-record

New On Chockstone [ More ]
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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