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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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10/12/2016Sports Climbing at Mt Macedon
Location: Back Wall, Camels Hump, Mt Macedon
Leader: Tara Laursen
Details: This trip is now FULL for Novice/Beginnerand Intermediate Climbers. Advanced climbers are welcome to come along, but please contact Tara prior to the trip. Ever wanted to try Sports Climbing but the grades are a little out of your reach? Then this is the trip for you. We will be venturing into the Tall Wet forests of Mt Macedon to have a play on a hidden little gem of a crag called Back Wall. With 20 or so listed climbs on a 20 metre high cliff, the Back Wall has something for everyone, with Sports Climbs ranging in grade from 9 through to 22. You can choose to lead these climbs, or simply top-rope them. Please contact Tara, the Trip Leader, for details and to secure a spot on this trip. Places are VERY LIMITED. This trip is suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced climbers, but beginner numbers are strictly limited. This crag is ideal for those beginning to lead sports climbs.   Photos are from the VCC Club Trip to Back Wall, Mt Macedon, earlier this year. [ More ]
24/12/2016
to 27/12/2016
Xmass @ The Pines
Location: Arapiles
Leader: Hywel
Details: Avoid those awkward Christmas gatherings and use your passion as an excuse, why not head for Arapiles. It has become an annual event and a favourite amongst non-natives whose families live overseas. Come and cruise your favourite climbs on Christmas Day and settle down for thde most tranquil day at The Pines you will see all year. This trip is suitable for climbers who have regularly climbed outdoors. Please email with your experience and whether you have a rope or trad rack. [ More ]
19/01/2017Twilight @ Camels Hump, Mt Macedon
Location: Camels Hump, Mount Macedon
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: Why not take advantage of the long summer days, daylight saving and climb in the evening and the coolness of Camels Hump? The plan is to start in the late afternoon and climb until dark at Melbournes premier summer crag. Some might even start climbing earlier. We will be climbing routes on both the Lower Cliff, and up on the Omega Block, at Camels Hump. It is quite a user friendly crag in terms of the area at the base of the climbs and the ability to set up top-ropes on some of the climbs. If you intend to lead, bring along a few bolt plates as a few of the routes still have some carrot boltsfor protection. While the Omega Block is home to plenty of harder sport routes, grades 21 and above, the Lower Cliff has a range of intermediate climbs.   Michael O'Reilly and Ross Timms are the trip leaders. If you are interested in joining the VCC on this trip, please contact the Trip Leader, Michael OReilly, to secure your place. Beginner numbers will be limited. Photos are from the 2016 Twilight VCC Trip to Camels Hump: Jayden leading Grey Arte. [ More ]
24/01/2017
to 29/01/2017
Learn2Lead 2017 - Course #1
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The first Learn2Lead Course for 2017 is being organised to take place at Mt Arapiles from 24th 29th January. The VCC offers this course exclusively to members. Take the next step. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely: - Exclusive to VCC members - 6 days qualified instruction - All equipment, including trad gear, provided - Only 4 participants 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 currentVCC member. Total cost: $695 per person, including GST. Note: Parks Victoria Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles ($5:20 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 $125 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the course. Photos: Michael's rack and a hex placement. [ More ]
14/04/2017
to 23/04/2017
Point Perpendicular
Location: Point Perpendicular
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: FULL - Reserve List - if sufficient interest a second house may bebooked. The aptly named Point Perpendicular sits chiselled and proud above Jervis Bay. The steep cliff assures that climbing is sustained and exciting. The setting above the crashing waves is exhilerating and the shear white rock makes for plenty of photo opportunities. Point Perpendicular is primarily a trad climbing area but there are also mixed routes and many harder sports climbs. Access requires a rap down from the cliffs edge before starting to climb. The rock climbing quality varies from very good to very poor, the 'Climb Point Perp' guide book by Robert Dun provides good guidance. The trip is ideal if you are leading up to grade 18 and/or seconding at a similar grade. There is some easier but equally exhilerating climbing at hand. Given the nature of the cliff the trip is suitable for advanced and intermediate climbers who can look after themselves with confidence. The ability to use prussicsand/or ascenders will be an essential. The trip will be held over a 10 day period including 2 travel days. Accommodation will be in a shared house for 9 nights at a cost of approximately $20-30 a night, numbers dependent, but is will likely be closer to $20. You will need to share rooms with others unless you are a couple. You will need to bring your own linen and towels. A deposit of $150 will be required to assure your place. Numbers will be limited to 9 people in terms of accommodation at the house. As access to Point Perpendicularis both weather dependent and dependent on access through the Beecroft Weapons Range, climbing at the point can not be assured. On such days a trip to the sports crags at Nowra would be likely. [ More ]


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