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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 ]
  
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01/07/2016
to 10/07/2016
VCC Crackers 5 - Frog Buttress (Queensland)
Location: Frog Buttress, Mount French
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: This is a 10 day trip toFrog Buttress, the crag boasts the best crackclimbing in Australia, it is simply outstanding and set within a national park. This is the fifth andfinal trip in the VCC Crackers climbing series.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, Frog Buttress being one such place.Most of the climbs are steep, it is recommended that you are able to climb grade 18 outdoors or greater although you may not necessarily lead at this grade. The trip is in Queensland and there are a few logistical items for each trip participant to consider: Flight to Brisbane - A flight departure around lunchtime Friday from Melbourne to Brisbane will give you time to travel and shop for food beforearriving at Frog Buttressin the evening. Arriving in Brisbane between 4pm and 5pm would be ideal in terms of meeting others and sharing car hire vehicles. Flights are typically $300 to $400. Note that this is a school holiday period and flight prices can be much higher closer to the date, Return flight - The trip intends to return from Brisbane airport on Sunday afternoon on the 10 July, Shared car hire - Participants will need to groupfor car hire purposes. A group of 3-4 people isideal. The drive isless than 2 hours, and Book Camping - You will need to book a camping spot at Frog Buttress - Mount French. [ More ]
02/07/2016
to 03/07/2016
Cathedral Ranges Scramble
Location: Cathedral Range State Park
Leader: Mark Sokacic
Details: This two day-walk and scramble up and around The Cathedral Range and The Razorback Ridge is part of the VCC Mountaineering Program - it is a Hiking and Mountain Preparation Trip. Melbourne's best weekend scramble for aspiring mountaineers. Approx 23 km. Depending on the group's experience and comfort levels, well go up the infamous Cave Wells Track, requiring some delicate and exhilarating steep scrambling and teamwork to get past the 100 metre long cave section near the summit of Sugarloaf Peak. Well continue along the Razorback Ridge, scrambling most of the way for the next few hours until we hit the Farmyard Campsite for a well earned rest. Sunday will see us walk and scramble to the Northern end of the range, with some great views of the countryside, as we head back to the cars and a pub meal. [ More ]
04/07/2016-6:00p0:00pm - VCC Social Night with Guest Speaker
Location: Loop Project Space & Bar
Leader: Helen McFadzean
Details: The VCC is proud to present Scott Blackford Scheele, a climber and alpinist who has spent the last nine years traveling the world seeking out rocks, ice, mountains, and adventure. He will take you on a journey with tales of excitement in the New Zealand Southern Alps, the high Nepal Himalaya, and to our own Mt. Buffalo. It hasnt been all summits for Scott, as he has also required himself to be rescued during his last major overseas trip. Despite the fact that a PLB was utilised, it was thanks to the creativity and map reading skills of his climbing partners that ensured his efficient rescue in remote Nepal. Come and join us as Scott takes us through his extraordinary journeys and life experiences, with beautiful photography at Loop Project Space & Bar. This is a great opportunity for you to meet other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and become inspired and excited for your next outing. Food and drinks start@ 6:00pm. Beers start at $5, Pizzas start at $8. Scott's Presentation starts at 7pm. This event is free of charge and open to VCC members and their family and friends. Nevertheless, we encourage you to make a donation to the Australia-based Asha Foundation: https://www.ashafoundation.org.au 100% of all donations go to Nepal and the Children of Nepal. [ More ]
16/07/2016
to 17/07/2016
VCC Mountaineering 2 - Introductory Snow Trip Mk I: TRIP FULL
Location: Victorian High Country
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: This trip is now FULL. Contact the Trip Leader if you'd like to be placed onthe waiting list. Theres a whole magical world out there: mountain life! We want to give you an idea of what mountaineering is about, where its beauty lies and why it is so addictive. Like climbing on rocks, mountaineering is an activity requiring a mix of skills. In the past many successful rock-climbers like Brigitte Koch, Alex Honnold and our own Andrew Lock transitioned into the challenging world of snow and glacier-covered mountains. Its time to go out there and learn some skills. During this trip we will cover things like movement on snow, navigation, snow camping and of course emergency management. Based in a safe environment we get prepared to venture out into more challenging terrain on the next trip. Snow and weather conditions will dictate the location of the trip. This is the second of three sections within the VCC Mountaineering Program. Attending this section is a prerequisite to attend the following section of the program. You will find the complete description as well as how to sign up in the news blogpost VCC Mountaineering Program. Please read the NEWS post regarding the whole VCC Mountaineering Program on our website before contacting Philipp, the Trip Leader. [ More ]
29/07/2016
to 27/11/2016
End of Month @ Arapiles
Location: Mount Arapiles - The Pines
Leader: Queries
Details: We hope you can make it? We will have anEnd of Month trip to Arapiles every month for the remainder of the year.Arapiles needs no introduction, the climbing is sublime on relatively clean and varied rock. 30-31 July - Sign Up Here-Trip Leader - David Scarlett 27-28 August - Beginners Trip - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Cameron Abraham 30Sept - 2 Oct - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Hywel Rowlands 29-30 October - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Ollie Sherlock 26-27 November - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Michael O'Reilly Get in early if you are a beginner, there will be limited places with the exception of the August trip. Or up skill on one of our learn to lead courses,learn morehere. [ More ]


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Welcome to our newest member Caro from Victoria, Australia who joined us on 26/06/2016.

 

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