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Climbing News [ Earlier News Items | Add ]
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 Grading System, was instrumental in putting up many iconic climbs in this country that one contributor refers to as;
The Blue Mountains, and indeed the whole country, is so peppered with Ewbank routes ... [ 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 ]
4/11/2012 Wiz Fineron climbs a new hardest route at Arapiles
Wiz Fineron has capped off his Oz trip with the ... [ More ]
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23/05/2015Werribee Gorge
Location: Falcons Lookout, Werribee Gorge State Park
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: Its that perfect time of year to visit the sun soaked cliffs at Falcons Lookout. Engage your fancy footwork, core and talons to scale 500 million years of geological history and then, if you feel so inclined, yell "yipeeee Im the king of the world!".
Suitable for beginners, experienced intermediates and advanced climbers.
Contact Hywel, the trip leader, to secure your place. [ More ]
to 10/06/2015
Learn to Lead Course TRIP FULL
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: A second Learn2Lead Course is being organised for late winter/spring. Check here for updates.

Take the next step. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely.
Exclusive to VCC members
6 days qualified instruction
All equipment provided
A max 4 students per instructor.

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 VCC member.

The cost:$625 per person including GST

Contact Michael, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, as soon as possible to secure your place. [ More ]
to 8/06/2015
Mt Arapiles Queens Birthday Weekend
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Nha Nguyen
Details: Seize the Freeze!
Once upon a time there was a magical far, far faraway land called Arapiles. It was nestled away from mortal eyes and cloaked in climbing anonymity until 1963. Behold! Once earthy eyes discovered its hidden treasures, the lure of its mysterious wonders became irresistible. Beware! Like the Sirens calling to the Illiad, anyone falling under its charm becomes a mortal imprisoned by its intoxicating spell. Weak men and women will falter or perish; only the strong will survive and maybe even thrive at Arapiles - in the Winter of June.
Contact Nha to find out more.
Beginner places may be limited. [ 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 ]
to 16/08/2015
Sport Climbing 101
Location: Sport Crags, Victoria Range, Grampians National Park
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: AKA - An Introduction to Sport Climbing

This Club Trip is designed as an introduction to Sport Climbing for Trad Climbers! Yes, you can place wigglies and lead the Organ Pipes classics at Arapiles, but why not come along and learn some of the dark secrets of sport climbing. Learn to lead to the melodic sounds of grunts instead of hexes! This trip will be an introduction to the basic skills of sport climbing including falling.
Well be teaching and demonstrating clipping bolts with quickdraws, ways of stick-clipping, threading anchors, pulling on gear, falling, soft catches and sports belaying, stripping a route, avoiding back-clipping, using a draw to pull through a crux and working a route. We might even manage to demonstrate some clean, free climbing too!
Come along and learn the many techniques of sport climbing with The Yerba Crew.

Are you ready for the transition? Prerequisites:
1. If you can lead outdoors already, and can climb the steeper walls in gyms, then this trip is for you. The minimum is that you need to be able to climb in the grade range 18 20 on the steeper walls at Nunawading Hardrock Gym or the AME Wall at Altona Cliffhanger Gym.
2. You will also need to be leading, not seconding. And be prepared to have a go!
3. In the terms of VCC Club Trips, you need to be an Advanced Climber.
Please contact Michael to register your interest in this trip. Trip numbers may be limited. [ More ]

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