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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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30-6 Climbing on the weekend @ Arapiles
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29-6 Wanted: cam lobes
29-6 Canberra Climbing Partner
29-6 Good winter climbing areas in the Grampians
28-6 What a ripper of a bloke.
28-6 Salewa Ergo Belay System
27-6 Trad and alpine gear clear out
26-6 Looking For Climbers 6/29-6/31
26-6 Melbourne / Araps return trip. First week of July.
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5/07/2015Werribee Gorge Wanna Have Fun!
Location: Falcon's Lookout, Werribee Gorge
Leader: Nha Nguyen
Details: "Girls just wanna have fun."
In the sun. At Werribee Gorge. Why?
Why not?
A chance to share some secret girl climbing business! Shhh!

Intermediate/advanced climbers preferred.
Numbers limited to 10 women.
Contact the Trip Leader, Nha, for details and to register your interest. [ More ]
10/07/2015VCC Movie Night
Location: Loop, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Leader: Helen McFadzean
Details: Get your mates together and join us at our special winter movie series this year with Reel Rock Tour and Loop Project Space & Bar Melbourne CBD.

Tickets from
$15 each
*Limited numbers available

REEL ROCK 1: First Ascent
Dosage IV

Date and Time: Friday 10 July 2015
5:30pm - 9pm (film starts at 7pm)

Loop Bar specials on the night:
$5 Beer
Discounted cocktails ;)
$8 pizzas [ More ]
19/07/2015Bayside Gym - Winter Trip!
Location: Bayside Rock
9 Network Drive, Carrum Downs, VIC
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: We are having an afternoon 'trip' to Bayside Rock. Come along and join us climbing on the expansive walls or develop your power with some great bouldering upstairs. It'll even feel like a daytrip if you live in the Northern or Western suburbs! If you haven't climbed at this fantastic gym, then now is your chance.
Come along and meet up with other VCC members.
The plan is to climb at Bayside from 2pm until it closes at 5pm.
The cost is $15 for VCC members (and even non-members on this 'trip'). You need to bring your own gear and your VCC Card. Gear can be hired for an extra $12 if needed.
A car-pooling spreadsheet will be used to facilitate travelling to Carrum Downs for those further away. Non-Members must contact Michael and register for this trip in order to receive the VCC discount entry.

If you haven't been to Bayside before, it is best that you arrive before 1:30pm so that you can complete the paperwork in time for the belay instruction/test at 1:30pm.
See you on the walls at Bayside!

Please contact Michael, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, to register your interest. We need to let the gym know numbers to facilitate belay instruction/test for climbers new to Bayside. [ More ]
to 26/07/2015
Mulled Wine and Mittens - Arapiles
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: A trip strategically conceived to keep you climbing and stay warm.
Bring an offering to the Mulled Wine pot once the sun goes down and spin a yarn or two in the comfort of your woollies. Let's have a cheer to the fact that summer is coming.
To make the most of the short day and to keep everyone moving, this trip is is open to intermediates and experienced climbers only.
Please contact Hywel, the Trip leader, if you are interested in joining in this winter fun. [ More ]
to 2/08/2015
Winter Camp - Federation Hut
Location: Mt Feathertop, Alpine National Park
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: Get the dust of your snow-shoes and pray for snow! We are hiking up Bungalow Spur or cross the Razorback (whatever ticks your fancy) and meet at Federation Hut for a fluffy snow camp.
If that's not enough for you, we can have a play with some mountaineering gear, build a Swiss pulley system, break through the cornice, cook some snow or light a fire in the pot-belly.

Winter is coming! DAH DA DUH DA DAH DUH DA DA DA (dadadadadadadadadadadadaadada)

Contact Philipp, the Trip Leader, to secure your place. [ More ]

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7/12/2013 The passing of John Ewbank.
The Australian climbing community has been shocked to learn of the passing away of John Ewbank on December 2, in New York as a result of tragic complications following emergency abdominal surgery earlier in the year.

John, the architect of the Australian Climbing Gra ... [ More ]

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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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