Rock Climbing In Victoria, Australia.
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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.
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 (11 years old), having a ball at Bundaleer. The route is an unrecorded variation linking parts of Frog and Basilisk. Photographer: Karl Bromelow
|Queens Birthday Weekend Tree Planting and Climbing Trip|
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: The month of June is a fantastic time to climb at Arapiles and also an ideal time for planting, with cooler weather and a bit of moisture in the ground. Why not come along and support the VCC and Cliffcare in helping to give back to a place that gives us so much .
Plant your own tree at The Mount and watch it grow as you return in coming years! The Cliffcare Working Bee will happen on the Saturday morning, commencing at 9am. Once the trees are in the ground, watered and guarded we can head out and enjoy the climbing. We will be tree planting, mulching and tree guarding, with the locations yet to be determined. But most likely we will be planting some more trees and shrubs in the Pines campground, as well as in the and surrounds.
An old Greek Proverb says it all: A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
The good news is that most of us will get to sit in their shade. This is an annual Cliffcare Event, and hopefully over time will make a real difference to the campground and its environs.
The Trip Leaders are Ollie Sherlock and Tara Laursen. Ollie and Tracey Skinner, from Cliffcare, will co-ordinate the Working Bee, while Tara will co-ordinate the climbing side of things. To participate in this annual event, please contact Ollie.
Photos:Ollie and son Flynn with seedlings grown from local Callitris Pine, Yellow Gum and Casuarinaseeds. All seedlings have been grown by Ollie from locally collected seeds. Tara climbing well and focused on the 'sharp end'. [ More ]
|Learn2Lead Course #3: RESCHEDULED|
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
The third Learn2Lead Course for 2018 has been rescheduled. The course will now run at Mt Arapiles/Djurite in June. It will run from Saturday 9th - Thursday 14th June, 2018. These dates also include the Queens Birthday Long Weekend.
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 ($5:30 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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|Black Ians Rocks|
Location: Black Ians
Leader: Rhys Boyar
Details: Black Ians Rocks is in the Black Range in The Grampians. It has a well deserved reputation for superb crack climbing in the intermediate grades, as well as a range of other styles of climbing. The crag now also has a number of mostly harder sport routes.
Black Ians is also a perfect winter crag, with most of the routes catching any available sunshine. But be prepared for a bruised ego while learning to climb cracks!
Learning to crack climb can open up a whole new world of inspiring climbing linesthat will take you up some of the best rock in the world. Not only that, a nice hand jam on a climb can give you a well-earned rest whilst others flounder and get pumped.
All levels of climbing experience are welcome, but Beginner numbers may be limited depending on the numbers of experienced climbers on the trip.
Prior crack climbing experience is not essential - Black Ians is a great place to learn. The sandstone at Black Ians is no where near as unforgiving as at Buffalo or Mt Alexander.
Please contact Rhys Boyar, the Trip Leader, prior to the trip for more information.
Photos: A sample of an fist jam at Black Ians and Rhys Boyar, the Trip Leader. [ More ]
|Mountain Weekend July - VCC MTN 1|
Location: Victorian High Country
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: It's never too early to start mountaineering ... except if there's no snow ?however our statistics junkie figured out that this is the first weekend with guaranteed natural cover.
Join Matt, Petey and Philipp in this endeavourto find the little pockets of mountaineering adventures in Australia. We'll try to tackle some steep snow and ice in the beautiful Victorian backcountry.
Depending on weather conditions and how we fancy a long drive, there are a number of locations where we might end up. These include:
Bogong South Face
The Bluff North Face
Mt Buller West Ridge
Mt Feathertop Avalanche Ridge.
The general schedule will be the same: Camping at the base of the mountain on Friday night >> walk, climb and play on Saturday, establish camp Saturday night >> more playtime and return to Melbourne on Sunday.
This trip is only suitable for advanced climbers which means you own an ice-axe or preferably ice-tools, some crampons and a climbing helmet and know how to use them. On top of that you have to be a VCC member and be known to the trip leaders. Adequate skill and fitness levels are necessary. These are firm club requirements. We kindly ask everyone who signs up to commit 100%, since places are extremely limited.
Trip Leaders: Matt Scattergood, Petey Mason and Philipp Hammes
Contact Philipp, the Trip Leader, to secure your place or to get more information about mountaineering in the VCC. [ More ]
|Winter Camp 2018|
Location: Mt Feathertop
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: Although this year will be the year without Game of Thrones, snow will still fall and we'll be back on Mt Feathertop!
You've done some rock-climbing and want to step it up? You're thinking about doing a Technical Mountaineering Course? You want to climb the Himalayas? This is EXACTLY the right trip for you.
Hopefully you can join us 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 havent attended a previous VCC Mountaineering trip 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. The trip leaders - Anna, Matt, Petey and Philipp - have done all kinds of crazy stuff and some of them are also Alpine SAR Victoria members. 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.
*Youll need an ice-axe, crampons and a climbing helmet at a bare minimum. More details regarding theMountaineering Program 2018 will be released once were done with the planning. Feel free to email us any questions in the meantime. [ More ]
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Logan Barber does Aussie new hardest trad crack.
Australian climber Logan Barber has established the hardest pure crack climb in Australia, Japanese Deep Freeze (31/5.13d), at Mt. Buffalo, Victoria.
The short, power-endurance line, which has remained an open project since the 1990s, involves
... [ More ]
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