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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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Nindja Mei-ying Liew finishing the last moves of Nindja (*15), Peking Face, Eastern Wall Grampians while Michael O'Reilly belays Jill Gara on The Killing Fields (**17). See Also: Photo 2 Photographer: Steve Toal

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Learn2Lead Course - Janauary 2020
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: A VCC Learn2Lead Course has been organised at short notice for late January 2020. The course will run at Mt Arapiles/Djurite from Wednesday 22nd - Monday 27th January, 2020. There are only FOUR places on this course.This course has been organised so that climbers with time in January can complete one of these courses. The course dates overlap with the 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 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: $880 per person, including GST. Note: Parks Victoria Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles, 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. Trad climbing gear is provided for participants without their own rack. Contact Michael OReilly, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, as soon as possible to secure your place. There are only 4 places available on any Learn2Lead Course. Your place on the course will only be confirmed upon payment of a non-refundable and non-transferrable $280 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made as soon as 4 participants are confirmed.     Photos: Michael's trad rack and a hex placement.           [ More ]
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End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - January Long W/End
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Matt Brooks
Details: Mt Arapilesin the middle of summer? A long weekend at Arapiles? Arapiles in late January can provide some excellent climbing. Enjoy the cooler and shady gullies or the routes on the left side of Central Gully. Get up early and enjoy the sun's rays on the nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Maybe explore some new areas. All those famous walls and prominent buttresses of Arapiles have shady gullies nearby! These gullies sometimes have cool breezes emanating from the 'bowels of Araps'. Certainly plan to have a rest in the shade in the middle of the day! Then when the sun has disappeared over the back of the Mount, head out for a late evening climb in the shade. With a 3 day long weekend, you've plenty of time so you can rest in the heat and still gets lots of climbing done.   These EOM@Araps/Djurite trips are intended for all levels of climbers, however Beginner spaces may be limited by the number of experienced leaders who come along. It is recommended that Beginners contact the Trip Leader as soon as possible to secure their place. All intending participants must contact the trip leader prior to the trip. Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear and hopefully we'll see you there.     [ More ]
30/01/2020-6:30pmAnnual Golden Hex Photo (and Video) Competition and Social Night
Location: Maori Chief Hotel, South Melbourne
Leader: Phil Neville
Details: Save the date!!! The Annual Golden Hex Photo (and Video) competition and Awards will be held on Thursday 30th January 2020 at the Maori Chief Hotel in South Melbourne. Come along for dinner and some drinks, meet some new people and share your best and worst climbing photos and videos to have a chance to win amazing prizes. Submit your photos via email to Phil Neville at least 48 hours before the night. (Phil's email link is below.) All photos and videos need to have been taken in the time since the 2018 VCC AGM.   Videos will need to be brought along on the night on a USB. But email Phil to let him know the details of your video, including the length.   Where: Maori Chief Hotel 117 Moray Street, South Melbourne. (Corner of Moray Street and York Street.) When: Thursday 30th January at 6:30pm     [ More ]

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