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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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15-1 Japanese Deep Freeze - Australias Hardest Crack
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15-1 CCSA BOLFA magazine - club 50th anniversary!
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15-1 FS -* Near New* La Sportiva Mythos Size 36.5
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11-1 Best way to access Mt. Difficult  >|
11-1 Fit general labourers required for Grampians Trail
10-1 SOLD - Trad Gear Bonanza Clearout!
9-1 Don't Fear The Whipper
9-1 WTB - RP’s or little wires
8-1 Campsite space at Buffalo 26-28 January
  
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Touchstone Pictures Charlotte Durif (France) sending Touchstone Pictures ***28, Bundaleer. Photographer: Steve Toal

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23-Dec-2017:
Huts, Mountains, Water
02-Nov-2017:
Adelaide & Surrounds
20-Sep-2017:
Hotham & Huts

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23/01/2018
to 28/01/2018
Learn2Lead Course #1: January 20% OFF
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: This course is running and we are offering a one-off 20% DISCOUNT for the fourth participant.Please contact Michael ASAP if you're interested. Discounted price is only $556. The first Learn2Lead Course for 2018 will be offered at Mt Arapiles/Djurite in January. It will run from 23rd - 28th January, 2018. This first course also overlaps with the Australia Day Public Holiday and 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: $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.           [ More ]
03/02/2018
to 04/02/2018
Bundaleer
Location: Bundaleer, Central Grampians
Leader: Amber Blodgett
Details: Bundaleer is an old, historic cliff situated up high in the Central Grampians/Gariwerd. It provides some really stunning and atmospheric climbing. It hosts a series of amazing lines established by the likes of John Ewbank, Henry Barber and Mike Law, to name only a few. Bundaleer is a great cliff for those who can climb 20+andthere are also an array ofclassic climbs that fall in the grade 12-18 bracket.These climbsfollow stunning lines and features which make for verymemorable experiences. Bundaleer, in the higher grades, isoften sport or mixed, while the lowergrades are predominately trad and multi-pitch climbing.The craghas morning sun and comes into shade for the afternoon, making the ita great choice in summer.   In the terms of VCC Club Trips, you need to be an Intermediate or Advanced Climber. Places for Intermediate Climbers will be limited. Amber Blodgettis the trip leader. The total participant numbers on this trip will be limited, so even if you are an Advanced Climber, contact Amberto secure your place. She will forward on more trip details and camping information. [ More ]
11/08/2018
to 12/08/2018
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 ]

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1/13/2018 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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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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