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Climbing News [ Earlier News Items | Add ]
16/09/2015 LittleHammer - revolutionises Nut Tools.
Chockstone is proud to announce that one of our members, TimP, has revolutionised nut tools with the invention of a spring loaded impact nut tool he has called LittleHammer.

Check it out here: LittleHammer spring loaded impact nut tool.

Stéphane Pennequin of Nuts Museum says of LittleHammer:
>“After the Ewbank’s open-ended grading system and the RP’s, would the LittleHammer be the next Australian climbing revolution…?”

Chockstone thread ... [ More ]
7/12/2013 The passing of John Ewbank.
The Australian climbing community has been shocked to learn of the pas ... [ More ]
19/08/2013 Australias 1st Grade 35
This is what Onsight said about the route;
Yesterday (18th August) 20-ye ... [ More ]
19/04/2013 Andrea Hah climbs Punks in the Gym (32)
Andrea Hah has climbed Punks in the Gym (32), for the seco ... [ More ]
11/04/2013 James Kassey flashes Sideways Daze at Font V13
Impressive flash of Sideways Daze by James at Font ... [ More ]
Upcoming Events [ Previous Events | Add ]
21/11 To 22/11/2015 Buffalo Aidfest - 21 & 22 November 2015.
A gathering of aid climbing afficionados at Mt Buffalo to celebrate the North Wall experience and share camaraderie of the rope, tips and tricks.
Chockstone thread with more details as they evolve.

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10/10/2015Mountain Ash Climbing Day - Tree Hugging 3.0
Location: Yarra Ranges, VIC
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: We're getting high - naturally. Really high!<br>On some scouting trips we identified a couple of 60m to 70m Eucalyptus Regnans and if the weather plays along, we will spend several hours above ground to get 50m or higher. If it doesn't, we can pick smaller trees and enjoy the pubs and wineries around Healesville.<br><br>Trip pre-requisites:<br>- You are experienced with SRT climbing and climbed 25m trees before.<br>- You have the intermediate tree-climbing gear: harness, helmet, suitable footwear, several long slings, several screw gate carabiners, ascenders and a suitable descender.<br>- You must be a VCC member.<br><br>Suitable for experienced intermediates and advanced climbers.<br>Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place.<br>This trip is not for beginners and it has a limit of 8 climbers. [ More ]
13/10/2015Knot Night and social at the Duke of Wellington, CBD
Location: Duke of Wellington, 146 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
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 tying loops of all sorts. This is a precursor for this weekends Self-Rescue Course.<br /> <br /> We'll be having a meal first (like we always do - we like food!). Join us if you'd like otherwise rock up for the rope work!<br /> <br /> Meal from 6.30<br /> Knots from 7.00 [ More ]
to 18/10/2015
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Andrew Clark
Details: Climb long enough and at one point or another getting stuck in a jam high up off the ground is inevitable: stuck ropes, a crucial piece of gear missing in action, wandering off-route into dicey terrain, or an injury that leaves a climber in need of help.<br>This course is designed to help you deal with these types of situations.<br><br>Prerequisites - all participants must be:<br>- VCC members<br>- lead climbers or competent seconds<br>- able to demonstrate competency in tying figure-of-eight bight and bend, water knot, double fisherman's and clove hitch.<br><br>The course runs over 2 days and the following techniques will be covered if time allows:<br>- Basics<br>- Emergency Procedures<br>- Rescue Knots such as Munter Hitch, Mule Hitch, Prusik Hitch, Autoblock, Klemheist, Bachmann, Garda and Mariner's Hitches<BR>- Escaping the (belay) system<br>- Belaying off the body and belaying off the anchor<br>- Raising the second<br>- Simple assisted hoist<br>- Descending & ascending (abseiling & prusiking) past knots<br>- Raising the injured<br>- Second pulley systems<br>- Makeshift chest harness<br>- Assisted abseil<br>- Ascending to a hurt leader (anchoring, prusik, solo, rope solo).<br><br>Please contact the Trip Leader, Andrew, to register your interest. Places are limited.<br><br>TRIP FULL - WAITING LIST OPEN [ More ]
to 3/11/2015
Mt Buffalo - Cup Weekend Crankfest
Location: Mt Buffalo, Mt Buffalo National Park, VIC
Leader: David Scarlett
Details: Mt Buffalo is the same distance from Melbourne as Mt Arapiles, but sees far less traffic due to the camping being much more restricted, and the plateau being covered in snow for 4 months of the year. Fortunately, we've got the camping covered with sites having been pre-booked and paid for, and we're pretty confident that it won't be snowing at this time of year.<br>The granite of Mt Buffalo's Gorge and its multiple peaks offer a variety of slab, crack and face climbing, in both sport and trad routes. For those who are particularly keen, there are even multi-pitch routes more than twice the height of anything to be found at Arapiles!<br>This is an intermediate to advanced level trip.<br><br>Limited places are available, and prepayment for camping will be required to guarantee a space.<br><br>Camping spaces are available Friday to Tuesday for a four-night long weekend, however participants are also welcome to come for shorter periods if they prefer.<br><br>It is essential that interested climbers contact David, the Trip Leader, as soon as possible, to join in this camping and climbing crankfest! Or is that a Slabfest? [ More ]
to 8/11/2015
Basic and Advanced Technical Tree Climbing
Location: City of Casey, VIC
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: Recreational tree climbing is a fairly new thing in Australia. It has been around for a while in the US and German speaking countries. However just in our back-yard are some of the biggest trees in the world. The mountain ashes in the Yarra Ranges have recorded heights of over 90m with all of the specimen still growing (if they are still alive). We're taking it easy and will be getting up a little tree.<br><br>This two-day trip is about learning basic SRT and preventing hurting yourself and the tree. On the second day we will go into basic aerial rescue practise which is the tree-version of rock-climbing self-rescue. This trip is organised in cooperation with Geocaching Melbourne who have their annual festival the next weekend.<br><br>Trip pre-requisites:<br>- You should be able to safely belay and abseil outdoors.<br>- You have the intermediate tree-climbing gear: harness, helmet, suitable footwear, several long slings, several screw gate carabiners, ascenders and cam-style descender (Petzl GriGri, RIG, I'D, Edelrid Eddy, isc D4).<br>- You must be a VCC member.<br><br>Suitable for beginners, experienced intermediates and advanced climbers.<br>Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place.<br>Beginner numbers may be limited and the trip has a limit of 8 climbers. [ More ]

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