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13/12 To 15-Dec-2021 ACIC Top rope guide course at Arapiles
The Australian Climbing Instructors Association (ACIC) is holding a top rope guide course on Monday December 13 – Wednesday December 15. See for more details.
1/9 To 30-Sep-2018 Chockstone Photography Exhibition
For the month of September some of Michael's amazing landscape photography will be exhibited in the Bendigo Bank Central building, Bath Lane, Bendigo. There will be range of images on display, including three large framed prints and a dozen or more mounted and matted. The work, show casing our beautiful Australian mountains, coastland and countryside, will all be hand titled and signed by the photographer and available for sale after the exhibition period ... [ More ]
1-Jul-2018 test
23/3 To 25-Mar-2018 Clif Bar Open Lead and Speed Championships
Registrations are open for the Clif Bar Open Lead and Speed Championships at Hardrock Climbing and Gravity Worx on the 23rd to the 25th March.

Head to for more details on the selection policy for Open A Lead or register now for Speed, Open B and Masters.

It promises to be a fantastic show watching Australia's best fight it out for a place on the podium.

As always these events can't be held ... [ More ]
18-Mar-2018 Victorian State Speed Titles 18/03/2018
Have you ever asked yourself..........

"How fast can I run up a wall"?

Well now is the time to find out at the Victorian Speed Titles!!

Head to to sign up.

Event: Victorian Speed Titles 2018

Where: Gravity Worx, 182-184 Sussex St, Pascoe Vale

Sunday 18th March 2018

Competitor registration opens at 3pm

Volunteers are needed so if you're willing to help out please head to the link below or contac ... [ More ]
10-Feb-2018 Victorian State Lead Titles
Hosted by North Walls on the 10th of February, supported by Sport Climbing Victoria, Edelrid & Expedition Equipment.


This a climbing event for ALL AGES and ALL SKILL LEVELS.

REGISTRATION FEES / $40 (before 7th Feb) / $60

8am / Youth A, B, C, D and Junior Registration Opens (Close at 8:30)
8:30am / Youth A, B, C, D and Junior Athlete Briefing Followed by Fo ... [ More ]
21/11 To 22-Nov-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.
28-Aug-2015 The Living Rock: presented by Michael Meadows
With special guest Ian "Humzoo" Thomas.

When: 28 August
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Where: Mountain Designs 120 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley, QLD

Queries 07 3034 6601

Join Mountain Designs for a Fascinating & Enjoyable Evening.

MICHAEL MEADOWS was one of the early day contributors to the development of Mountain Designs with friend and founder Rick White ... [ More ]
8-Mar-2015 17 Down Under Book Launch
Steve and John Morris from Rock Hardware (who kindly sponsor this site) are launching their book 17 Down Under this Sunday (8/3/15) in the Pines picnic area at 9:00am.

17 Down Under is a coffee table book that celebrates the best moderate grade routes in Victoria.

There will also be free scones and jam to help celebrate its release.
17/10 To 19-Oct-2014 The Australian Climbing Festival.
At Katoomba NSW.
(More detail pending, as its website is added to).

Chockstone thread for it is here.
15/10 To 30-Oct-2014 Tim Macartney-Snape national speaking tour.
Tim Macartney-Snape is embarking on a national speaking tour in October to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Australian ascent of Mount Everest.
Starting in Canberra on October 15, the tour will take in Sydney, Katoomba, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle and Melbourne before winding up in Launceston on October 30.

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17-Aug-2014 Extreme Adventures
Just an hour session in Geelong (Sunday 17 August, 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm) as part of their non-fiction festival:

Andrew Lock is Australia’s most accomplished high altitude mountaineer and has climbed all fourteen “eight-thousanders”. Jono Lineen completed the first solo 2700-kilometre trek through the Western and Central Himalayas. Both men have written compelling accounts of their achievements and they discuss their experiences with motivational speaker Graeme Joy, t ... [ More ]
13/8 To 27-Aug-2014 Andrew Lock: 'Summit 8000' The Tour.
Andrew Lock was the first and only Australian to summit all 14 of the world’s 8000m peaks. To celebrate the release of his thrilling new book SUMMIT 8000, Andrew will share a gripping account of his death-defying ascents at four exclusive events in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth.


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12-Jul-2014 Performance Climbing workshop by L Cossey & A Hah
Performance Climbing – a workshop by Lee Cossey and Andrea Hah.

Learn from Lee (Physiotherapist) and Andrea (Exercise Physiologist) how to move better, train smarter and reduce injury. Workshops provide climbers with insights and skills to progress all aspects of their climbing.

Join two of Australia’s best climbers for 3 hours of fun, experimentation and climbing education.

More information at; ... [ More ]
The official ceremony and the scattering of the ashes will be at 1330 hours on top of Mount Solitary knife edge ridge. [Rain, hail or snow!!] At the same time people with crook knees and older less agile folk can meet at the main Dogface Lookout [Cyclorama Point] for a secondary meeting/ceremony.

We want everyone to bring a large piton or bong as a clap-stick!!

I think it best to meet at the Narrow Neck/Golden Stairs car park at 1000, bu ... [ More ]
24-Oct-2013 Brisbane book launch and massive slide show

Law unto Himself, a.k.a. The Liar's Book of Australian Climbing; by Mike Law

Thursday 24th October at 7pm.
University of Queensland Rugby Football Club,
Sir William Macgregor Drive,
St Lucia, Brisbane

Further information
1-Oct-2013 Sydney launch of Mikl's book.
In association with Sydney Rockclimbing Club.

The venue is:

Main Lounge, Wests Ashfield Leagues Club 115 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield, 2131.

Tue 1 October 2013 at 7:30pm.

29/3 To 1-Apr-2013 7th Annual Beulah Rock Festivus
Chockstone thread found here.
22-Aug-2012 Cass & Jonesy’s "Extreme South" Australian Tour
If you’re not familiar with these boys, they recently became the first and youngest to walk the 2,270km to the South Pole and back completely unsupported and they are now touring around Australia to share their adventure and to promote their new book and DVD release.

It’s sure to be an entertaining night with incredible stories and video footage from their expedition plus book signings and giveaways. It’s also a great way to support and inspir ... [ More ]
20-Dec-2011 Simon Carter's Rock Odyssey show (Melbourne)
Simon Carter is hosting a series of “slide show and book launch” evenings to celebrate the release of his new book: World Climbing: Rock Odyssey.

MELBOURNE: Tuesday 20th December, at "1000 £ Bend", 361 Little Lonsdale Street. Entry free! Come around 7.30 for an 8pm start to the actual show. More info is on Chockstone here.
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14-Dec-2011 Simon Carter's Rock Odyssey show (Canberra)
Simon Carter is hosting a series of “slide show and book launch” evenings to celebrate the release of his new book: World Climbing: Rock Odyssey.

CANBERRA — Wednesday 14th December, Hayden Allen Lecture Theatre (The Tank), ANU. Free. Come around 7.30 for an 8pm start to the actual show. More info is on Chockstone here.
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7-Dec-2011 Simon Carter's Rock Odyssey show (Sydney)
Simon Carter is hosting a series of “slide show and book launch” evenings to celebrate the release of his new book: World Climbing: Rock Odyssey.

SYDNEY — Wednesday 7th December at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, 117 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield. Free. Come around 7.30 for an 8pm start to the actual show. More info is on Chockstone here.
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28/10 To 30-Oct-2011 Nati Frinj 2011
Don't miss out on the FUN event of the year!
More details here!
25-Oct-2011 2011 "Reel Rock Film Tour" in Bendigo
ROCK HARDWARE presents: 2011 "Reel Rock Film Tour" in Bendigo.
You Tube: REEL ROCK Film Tour 2011 Trailer

Venue: La Trobe University "Visual Arts Centre" (VAC). View Street, Bendigo.
Date: Tuesday 25th of October 2011.
Show Time: 7.00pm
Tickets: $15.00 in advance from "Rock Hardware". (03 5441 8886)
Only 90 tickets available. (May be some left over for door sales on the night?)
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6-Aug-2011 Melbourne Premier of Smitten the Movie
We are hosting the Melbourne Premier of Smitten the Movie on Saturday 6th August...
5:30pm to 8:30pm, Tickets can be reserved at (will be up soon). 90 min of movie and about 50 min of extras. Tickets $10 each.

Dont know what smitten is??? Check it out here:
And here...

It's sure to be a great night of fun and action! So come in for a climb th ... [ More ]
30/7 To 31-Jul-2011 2011 Australian Climbing Nationals
Bayside Rock is hosting the 2011 Australian Climbing Nationals and also Round 2 of the Oceania Series! Hosted over 2 days (30th + 31st July) Heats will be one day and the finals will be the next.

There is still space for competitors (and we need more Victorians!) Not so keen on competing??? Feel free to head down to make some noise and watch the climbers battle it out for the Championship! More details can be found at ... [ More ]
12-Apr-2011 Backcountry film festival
Showing in Melbourne, next week April 12

The Backcountry Film Festival has been going since 2005 and aims to showcase films which clebrate the winter outdoors.

April 12
Films start at 8pm. Please feel free to arrive earlier to grab a drink.

At 303 (303 High street, Northcote), tram stop #32 on the #86 tram.
303 is a licensed bar.

Entry by donation. All funds raised will support Protect Our Winters. ... [ More ]
9-Apr-2011 Victorian State Titles - Bayside Rock
Bayside is hosting the Victorian State Climbing Titles next weekend (Saturday 9th April 2011)

First route comp in Victoria for many many years! Should be a great fun day of climbing. Will be the usual fun and relaxed atmosphere that you have come to love at Bayside Rock.

So come along, have a climb on some new holds from Uncarved Block and maybe even walk away with some great prizes form our sponsors, Black Diamond, Evolv and Beal.

Full details a ... [ More ]
3-Dec-2010 Freda Du Faur anniversary event (New Zealand).
Calling all Australian female mountaineers, and men as well, to consider doing something to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first female ascent of Mt Cook which happened on Dec 3, 1910.

The NZAC has been throwing around ideas to celebrate this anniversary . This may result in climbing camps/ instruction/ ascents/ talks- culminating in a get together on Dec 3 in Mt Cook village.

More details at ... [ More ]
Where: 1000 £ Bend Cinema
When: 15th November 6.30 bar opens. 7.15pm showtime
Details and tickets are available from Bogong. For details see

This year, REEL ROCK turns five, and they are celebrating by taking you on a global ride like never before. From death-defying speed link-ups of the wildest faces in The Alps, to Olympian displays of strength and tenacity on the hardest boulders ever climbed, REEL ROCK 2010 features a breathtaking journe ... [ More ]
8-Nov-2010 Climbing Mt Everest Movie/Photo Presentation
Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Social Event, Other @ RMIT Casey Plaza Theater (Building 10, Level 4, City Campus)

Description: John Kazanas is a former RMIT postgraduate student and climber/mountaineer who on May 25th 2010 climbed to the summit of Mt Everest. He has spent more than 15 years bushwalking, skiing, climbing and mountaineering.

In conjunction with ROC, John will hold a free photo/movie presentation in order to share his experienc ... [ More ]
19-Sep-2010 Round 3 Melbourne Bouldering Series - Bayside Rock
Bayside Rock is hosting the third and final round of the Melbourne Bouldering Series this Sunday the 19th.

2 hours... Top 8 problems (80 to 100 to choose from!)
Come along, have a great session with friends and you may even drive away with a prize (Beastmaker Hangboards, Exped Tents, Exped Air Mats... Heaps of spot prizes too!

More details here:

Hope to see some of you on the day!

Bayside ... [ More ]
18-Jul-2010 Lactic Factory Bouldering Comps
We’re beginning a series of inter-gym bouldering comps next month and it’d be great if you could put it up.

Round 1 – Melbourne Boulder Series 2010 (Inter-gym Bouldering Competition)
Sunday 18th July 2010 – at The Lactic Factory.
2hour Pumpfest format. – Juniors start at 9am, Adults from 11:15 and 1:30
For more information check out
Or become a fan of ‘The Melbourne Boulder Series’ on Facebook ... [ More ]
6-Jun-2010 Bayside Bouldering Bash and Vic State Bouldering
The Bayside Boulder Bash is a fun social Bouldering comp held at BAYSIDE ROCK. This year (as we also did last year) we have decided for the BBB to incorporate the Victorian State Bouldering Titles.

For those of you who don't like the sound of competing... It is going to be a fun and relaxed atmosphere where you can join in with other boulderers and sample some great new problems and even have the chance of walking away with some great prizes ... [ More ]
10-Mar-2010 Reel Rock & Film Tour
Come and join us at Bayside Rock for the Melbourne screening of the Reel Rock Film Tour. Being projected onto a 4.87m screen, you will be able to get up close to the action.

6:30PM Bayside Rock Climbing Gym, 9 Network Drive, Carrum Downs. See Here for Details.
28-Nov-2009 Bayside Boulder Bash
Bayside Rock is having another Bouldering Comp. This time it is the BAYSIDE BOULDER BASH which is incorporating the Vic State Bouldering Titles.

2 Hour Pump Fest! 28th November 2009 (Last Saturday of November) for all the details.

Hope to see you there!
Bayside Rock, 9 Network Drive, Carrum Downs, Ph: 03 9775 1557
17-Sep-2009 NZAC present: Stephen Venables' "Himalayan Odyssey
The New Zealand Alpine Club, with the help of the Melbourne Melbourne University Mountaineering Club and Bogong Equipment, will host one of the world's most distinguished mountaineers when it welcomes British climber and author Stephen Venables to Australia in September.

Venue: Elizabeth Murdoch Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne, Swanston
St, Melbourne
Time/date: 7:30pm Thursday 17th September (Doors open at 7:00pm)
Cost: ... [ More ]
28-Aug-2009 Casual Boulder Comp 2009
The Flashed Climbing and Uncarved Block Casual Boulder Comp 2009 at The Lactic Factory. For more details check out:
13-Aug-2009 Duncan Chessell presenting on Antarctic climbing
A reminder that we have Duncan Chessell popping in to Melbourne (in between his many trips guiding overseas) to give a presentation on Antarctic climbing based on his experience gained from five trips down to Antarctica.

What: Duncan Chessell presenting on Antarctic climbing, including
yacht-based climbing, flying into the interior for first ascents,
and a sea-to-summit ascent of Mt Vinson
When: 8pm (7pm for dinner/drinks) Thursday 13 ... [ More ]
4-Jul-2009 Red Chili Pump Fest
Final Round @ The Lactic Factory THIS SATURDAY - 4th July 2009 for more info check out
3-Jun-2009 The Road to Patagonia: A presentation by Lee Coss
PERTH 11th May at Mainpeak, Osbourne Park Ph: 08 92428600
KATOOMBA 21st May at The Carrington Hotel, Ph: Summit Gear 02 4782 3018
HOBART 25th May at Hadleys Hotel, Ph: The Climbing Edge 03 6234 3575 -
MELBOURNE 3rd June at Casey Plaza RMIT, Ph: Bogong Equipment 03 9600 0599 -
SYDNEY 10th June at The Red Room @ the Bowlers Club, Ph: Mountain Equipment 02 9264 5888
Brisbane and Adelaide dates to come!
Tickets $20 See: Flyer

Over the ... [ More ]
29-May-2009 Red Chilli Pumpfest Round 2 (Geelong)
The Rock Adventure Centre Pakington Street Geelong. Registration starts Friday 29th May on 52213101 or Email.
Two sessions 10am and 12:10pm. More info here.
2-May-2009 Red Chili Pump Fest Series Round One
Round One of the Red Chili Pump Fest will be held at Bayside Rock. More details of the series is available here.
Thursday 11th Dec - 6.30 onwards
We supply the bbq, BYO meat and drinks
CliffCare Raffle drawn on the night
19-Nov-2008 NZAC Meeting Melbourne
What: NZAC Australian Section social meeting
Topic: See Rob's latest photos from his climb of Denali, the highest mountain in Alaska, and hear the story of this sub-artic adventure. The photos capture the beauty and scale of this breathtaking mountain - and were recently honoured in this year's NZAC photo competition!
Who: All welcome; members, friends and interested parties
When: 8pm Wed. 19th Nov. (7pm onwards for pre-presentation beers or
Where: T ... [ More ]
6-Nov-2008 Sea To Summit Climbing Expo
Tim Macartney-Snape presents an evening of Inspiration, Information & Gear Demonstrations. Featuring Brands : Evolv, Black Diamond, Beal.
Venue/Dates: Adelaide - Vertical Reality Climbing OCT 28th, Brisbane – Urban Climb NOV 5th, Melbourne – Cliffhanger Climbing Gym NOV 6th, Sydney – Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym NOV 11th, Perth – Rockface Climbing Gym NOV 12th.
Bookings Essential! Free Admission! Door Prizes + Giveaways! See: ... [ More ]
18/10 To 19-Oct-2008 Australian Bouldering Nationals
This year the Australian Bouldering Nationals will be hosted by The Pitch Climbing Centre in Sydney over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of October. The competition is open to all climbers with a full range of Youth and Junior catogories, A & B grade Opens and Masters. All categories will have a 2 hour worked session (pumpfest) as a qualifier for the finals, with at least 4 finals problems for every division. We have a large pool of gear and gift voucher pri ... [ More ]
18-Sep-2008 VCC Social Meet - Best of Goatfest film festival
Show starts 8pm, Thursday 18th September. (if you want dinner, 7pm). Retreat Hotel 226 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford. (round the cnr from Lactic Factory). Members & Non members welcome
17-Sep-2008 NZAC Australian Section Social Event
Damien Gildea will be presenting on his many climbing adventures in Antarctica. More Info
When: 8pm Wed. 17th Sept. (7pm for dinner)
Where: The Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford VIC 306.
31-Jul-2008 VCC Club Meet - Beyond Seven Years in Tibet
Location: Gemmological Association, 380-382 Spencer Street, Melbourne.
Details: Simon Wallis will present "Beyond Seven Years in Tibet: The life of Heinrich Harrer", to co-incide with the publication in English of his autbiography. Members and Non-Members Welcome
16-Jul-2008 NZAC Australian Section social meeting Melbourne
What: NZAC Australian Section social meeting
Who: All welcome; members, friends and interested parties
When: 8pm Wed. 16th July (7pm onwards for pre-presentation beers or
Where: The Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Topic: Peter Campbell will present on ski mountaineering the Haute Route
(High Route) of the Western European Alps between Chamonix, France
and ... [ More ]
7/6 To 9-Jun-2008 6th Anniversary Celebrate Chockstone Gathering.
Chockstone website celebrates 100,000 posts and 3000 registered members in this its sixth year of ongoing service to the climbing community.

6th anniversary of Chockstone is on 6/06/2008, weekend commencing the Friday of Queens Birthday long-weekend (except WA). Celebrate Chockstone by Gathering to meet / greet / and climb at Arapiles.

For more information as it evolves see link and go to the last page/s.

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1-May-2008 Movie: To The Limit
To The Limit - a rock climbing documentary about the Huber brothers speed climbing the El Captain wall in Yosemite Park. It will be screening at The Nova Cinema in Carlton from May 1st 2008. 'To The Limit' is from the same director who did 'Hell on Wheels' - the cycling film (which was one of our most successful releases). Here is a youtube link to the trailer - ... [ More ]
18-Mar-2008 Mountainfilm on Tour Festival
Melbourne University Mountaineering Club (MUMC) will host the Mountainfilm on Tour Festival.

The festival will feature world class films about rock climbing, mountaineering, white water paddling, conservation and loads of other exciting activities.
This is the one and only melbourne screening of the festival.
Come along and enjoy.

Date: Tuesday 18th March
Time: 7:30pm
Place: Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre
Melbourne Uni
Parkville Campus
Cost: Adult $20
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26-Feb-2008 Presentation 1st Aus ascent Annapurna Andrew Lock
I am Australia’s most accomplished High Altitude Mountaineer with successful ascents of twelve of the world’s fourteen 8000 metre peaks, including Mt Everest, twice. In February and March 2008, I shall be conducting a national Audio Visual presentation tour of my 2007 First Australian Ascent of Annapurna 1, the most dangerous of the 8000ers. Please see the attached flyer. I shall also be talking about my 2006 ascent of Kanchenjunga and Shi ... [ More ]
23/2 To 24-Feb-2008 Serpentine 20th Anniversary Weekend
The dates are locked in for the celebration of the year...20 years since Serpentine on Taipan Wall was first climbed..the 23/24th of February, 2008. Location...Camping at Stapylton campground, camping up the back left when you enter the campground. Climbing both days on the legendary Serpentine...BOTH pitches!! The first ascencionist (Malcolm HB Matheson) and his belayer (Steve Monks) will be re-enacting the legendary first ascent. Anyone interested in comin ... [ More ]
21-Feb-2008 Burnley Wall VCC Meeting
Come along and discuss the fixing and refurbishment of our favorite plastic climbing wall. This is the official meeting to discuss cleaning and re-setting the well loved routes. Meeting starts at 8pm.
21-Nov-2007 Henry Barber Canberra Presentation
Hosted by the ANU Mountaineering Club. Manning Clarke Theatre 1, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM. See here for details.
21-Nov-2007 NZAC - End of year Slide Night
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford - Melbourne.
Note: For this meeting the room has changed to the one on the right of the corridor on the upper level. End of year Slide Night on Chamonix climbing - French Alps, by Jem Richards. Further info, email
15-Nov-2007 Henry Barber Sydney Slide Show
The Sydney Rockclimbing Club and Mountain Equipment are proud to present a slide show and talk by the man who changed the nature of Australian climbing and put Mount Arapiles on the international map, Henry Barber.

Date: Thursday 15th November, 2007, Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Red Room, Level 1, The Bowler's Club of NSW. 99 York St. Sydney.

Tickets are $15.00 - request a Booking Information Form by email: or purchase your ticket at ... [ More ]
20/10 To 21-Oct-2007 Vic. State Bouldering Comp.
The Victorian State Bouldering Comp will be held at The Lactic factory this year. It is the qualifier for the National Bouldering Competition to be held in November. Any interested Volunteers please call me on 0417 529 723. This comp. is an SCA sanctioned event. The SCA are the peak body for competition climbing in Australia. Many thanks to Christian for his help so far. Rich Melder
17-Oct-2007 Next NZAC Australian Section Social Meeting - Melb
Topic: The adventurous life of Heinrich Harrer in photos - of 7 years in Tibet and The White Spider fame. Simon Wallis, Australian Section NZAC committee member, who has published the English translation of the book, Beyond Seven Years in Tibets, will be giving this talk.

Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, Wednesday 17th October 7:30 for an 8pm start. (come early for meals and drinks). Email: for mor ... [ More ]
16-Oct-2007 Glenn Robbins Slide Show Bendigo
WHO: Glenn Robbins (Climbing Icon of the 80's)

WHAT: "Slide Show Theme", Double Rope Technique, Sea Cliff Climbing in Wales, England & Ireland, International Rescue

WHERE: La Trobe University Bendigo, Edwards Road, "Iron Bark Centre", Bendigo, Room 1.02

WHEN: Tuesday the 16th of OCTOBER 2007, 7:00pm

Cost: Gold coin donation at door. (Basically Free!)

CONTACT: Steve Morris, Rock Hardware, 5441 8886, 0427 418 886. Bookings encouraged, howeve ... [ More ]
16-Aug-2007 Ozy Direct Winter Ascent, Slideshow in Katoomba
August 16th, 8pm @ Tresiles (sp? the one next to the train station) in Katoomba.
Presented by Summit Gear.

Dave Gliddon & Julian Bell are doing a slideshow on their winter ascent of Ozy Direct last week. Footage & photography by Dave, Julian, Macciza Macpherson & Josh Caple. Live local music afterwards.
Entry is free, however donations towards their 2009 Kyrgyzstan expedition would be very greatly appreciated.

If you don't know who Julia ... [ More ]
28-Jul-2007 Lactic Factory Third Round
Final round of 3 - Saturday July 28th

Prizes supplied by Mountain Designs, Scarpa and Edelrid for placings in each round as well as overall prizes for participation in multiple rounds.

Those of you who came last year know how much fun these comps can be and those that haven't tried it yet should. It's a great day's climbing with friends in a relaxed, cooperative and motivated environment - and it ends up being one of the best training sessions you'll ever have! ... [ More ]
26-May-2007 Lactic Factory Second Round
Round 2 of 3 - Saturday May 26th

Prizes supplied by Mountain Designs, Scarpa and Edelrid for placings in each round as well as overall prizes for participation in multiple rounds.

Those of you who came last year know how much fun these comps can be and those that haven't tried it yet should. It's a great day's climbing with friends in a relaxed, cooperative and motivated environment - and it ends up being one of the best training sessions you'll ever have!

... [ More ]
14-May-2007 Lincoln Hall
April 2006 he died on Everest. May 2007 he's in Bendigo promoting his book Dead Lucky. Foundry Hotel Complex. 7pm. $15 per person, finger food provided. Booking essential. Phone 03 5443 4695. See PDF.
17-Apr-2007 Arno Ilgner – Mental Training For Climbing Clinic
Held at Cliffhanger, 6pm-10pm $69 per person, maximum 8 people – one night only. All details from Cliffhanger Website or at the gym
7/4 To 8-Apr-2007 Australian Climbing Festival 2007
The Australian Climbing Festival will bring together climbers from our little corner of the globe, and our not so little climbing community, to be inspired with the voices and images of those impassioned by the pursuit, to celebrate the many dimensions of the climbing life, and to meet new and old friends. See:
31-Mar-2007 Lactic Factory Bouldering Series March 31st
Round 1 of 3 - Saturday March 31st

Prizes supplied by Mountain Designs, Scarpa and Edelrid for placings in each round as well as overall prizes for participation in multiple rounds.

Those of you who came last year know how much fun these comps can be and those that haven't tried it yet should. It's a great day's climbing with friends in a relaxed, cooperative and motivated environment - and it ends up being one of the best training sessions yo ... [ More ]
8-Mar-2007 Patagonian Winter Climbing Presentation
Bogong presents Tim Billington & Mat Farrell who will present their breathtaking images from their attempt to climb Mt Fitzroy, Patagonia, in winter 2006. Thursday 8th March 6.30pm At Bogong store. 374 Lt Bourke St Melbourne. Entry: By donation
1-Feb-2007 VCC Lactic Factory Get-Together
Here's a chance to improve your climbing technique and have some fun in a social atmosphere at the same time, so come along and join in. Test your self against problems of various difficulty, receive technique tips from our secret gurus, and see what you learn and if you improve. Also, some food and drink will be available, as well as the chance to purchase VCC Guidebooks (discount to members). When: 7.00 pm. The lactic Factory, 1 Studley St Abbotsford. ... [ More ]
12-Dec-2006 VCC Xmas BBQ at Burnley
This years BBQ is being held at the Burnley bouldering walls, come along for some Christmas cheer, a
bit of bouldering, and if your lucky you may win some extra Christmas presents in the drawing of the
cliffcare raffle. Starts at 6pm. BYO food and drink. BBQ supplied.
8/12 To 10-Dec-2006 TOTAL FIRE BAN in Victoria this weekend
A word of advice. This weekend we should all remember that its a TOTAL FIRE BAN in Victoria. That
means we shouldn't lighting anything (including fuel stoves). This is really important to head as we
already have lost half of the Grampians to fires last year. One small fire in the Vic Ranges or Stapylton
and it could be th end of ANY Grampians climbing for quite some time. PLEASE dont light fires - and if
you see anyone doing it make sure you tell ... [ More ]
3-Dec-2006 Gathering in recognition of Freda Du Faur
You are invited to attend a gathering in recognition of Freda Du Faur, an Australian pioneer of early New Zealand mountaineering. Join us to unveil a memorial stone in her honour which will also mark Freda's final resting place in the Manly Cemetery. We gather to demonstrate our appreciation of Freda's outstanding mountaineering achievements on what will be the 96th anniversary of her ascent of New Zealand's highest peak -Aoraki/Mt Cook, the first ever ... [ More ]
29-Nov-2006 NZAC Melbourne Social Meeting
With special guest presentation from Matt Nielsen on “Mountaineering in the Pacific North West of North America”, including The Cascades and The Sierra Nevada.

When: On Wednesday 29th November at 8:00pm for an 8:30 start
Where: Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, Melbourne.
More info: email
21-Nov-2006 Everest - Not Quite A Highway
Andrew Lock will be giving a free slideshow - 'Everest - Not Quite A Highway. The real story behind commercial climbing'
Date: Tuesday the 21st of November 2006
Time: starting at 7pm.
Location: Trek & Travel, 447 Kent Street Sydney
RSVP: or phone (02) 92613435
9-Sep-2006 The Aust. Climbing Nationals...
...are on this Saturday at Sydney Indoor Glimbing Gym. Info and entry forms can be down-loaded from the "Sport Climbing Australia" web site here.
7-Sep-2006 Andrew Lock's ascent of Kanchenjunga
On Thursday evening, 7th September, Andrew Lock will be presenting a FREE slide show about his recent epic ascent of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain at 8,596 metres in Nepal. Venue: Trek & Travel Sydney - 447 Kent Street, Sydney. To attend, please RSVP on (02) 9261 3435.
6-Sep-2006 Book Launch: Anzac Day on Mount Everest
Peter Maiden’s story of the tragedy and triumph of the Army Alpine Association’s 2001 expedition to Mount Everest. Federal Golf Club, Gowrie Drive, Red Hill, Canberra. Commencing at 1800 hours. RSVP: By 23 Aug 06 by email to Up to six Australian Everest summiteers will be present.
2-Sep-2006 Lactic Factory Bouldering Series 06 - Final Round
Relevant info at
24-Aug-2006 VCC General Meeting: The Burning of Bundaleer
On the long weekend in June this year climber Richard Melder had the chance to visit the yet-unopened Bundaleer region of the Grampians. Come along and hear his talk about the devastation that the January bush fires have brought to this significant cliff line. 8:00pm (note: 1 week earlier than the usual meeting date). Australian Gemmological Association 380-382 Spencer Street, Melbourne
16-Aug-2006 NZAC Australian Section - Canberra Meeting
Come to the inaugural NZAC meeting in Canberra, with guest speaker Jonathon Clearwater - Mountaineer and film maker. Jonathon will screen some of his exciting award winning film, Southern Faces, which includes climbing footage and interviews about the seven best NZ South Island areas. The film is about Kiwi climbers in their element pushing their personal limits. Shot on location in New Zealand. 7.30 pm - Doors open at 7.00 pm. Lecture Theatre - Lowe ... [ More ]
16-Aug-2006 Meeting of NZAC Melbourne group
John Carmody will be presenting slides of his recent expedition to Chulu West in Nepal, describing the team ascent and once descent by ski. Meet at 7:30 for an 8:00 start, at the Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford
23-Jul-2006 Burnley Barbeque and Boulder
VCC Barbeque at Burnley - Sunday July 23rd, commencing 12.30pm.

Come one, come all for a barbeque and a boulder! The Victorian Climbing Club will have barbeque facilities at Burnley. We invite everyone to come along (BYO barbeque food items, and beverages). Please refer to the Burnley PDF Guide for directions. See you there!
22-Jul-2006 Lactic Factory Bouldering Comp -NOTE NEW DATE-
The three divisions have been separated so it should be less crowded and that means new start times for all.

Junior 9:30am-12:30pm
Intermediate 12:30pm-3:30pm
Open 3:30pm-6:30pm

Get out of the cold and rain for a super fun training session and have the chance of winning a prize too.
For more detail see the Lactic Factory website.
12-Jul-2006 Australian Section NZAC - Melbourne Branch meeting
Mike Totterdell will be presenting slides of his expedition to Patagonia. Should be sensational, so try to be there! 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford - Melb VIC
25-May-2006 VCC presents the Best of Goatfest
Goatfest is the annual Short Film Festival of the Arapiles Community Theatre. Climbing related films were presented and shown during the Easter weekend at Natimuk. For those that missed this extremely acclaimed event, the VCC has arranged a re-run at the May meeting. Come and join us! - non-VCC members are most welcome.
Gemmological Society Association Rooms
380-382 Spencer Street, Melbourne
8pm 25 May 2006
24-May-2006 Jonathon Clearwater Presentation
The first ascent of Severance Ridge, Trango II Pakistan in August 2005. Jonathon will be presenting in Sydney, in the lead up to the Wanaka Mountain Film Festival. 8pm, Physics Lecture Room 5, Physics Road University of Sydney, Camperdown. Entry $5, NZAC members FREE. Email for more details.
6-May-2006 Lactic Factory Bouldering Series 06 -Round 2
For more details, go to The Lactic Factory .
6/5 To 7-May-2006 Routesetting on 45 degree wall at Burnley
Routesetting will take place on the 45 degree wall at Burnley this weekend. Accordingly, it is expected that this wall will be open for traffic late on Sunday afternoon. The 30 degree wall remains unaffected by this work, and climbers can climb on it without disruption.
15-Apr-2006 Goatfest Film Festival
Annual Arapiles Community Theatre (ACT) fundraising film night held on Easter Saturday evening in the Soldiers Memorial Hall, Main Street Natimuk.
Doors will open at about 7pm.
More details here
7/4 To 8-Apr-2006 2006 Youth Nationals
(Australian Youth Team Selection) are being held at Hardrock in Nunawading (Vic) on the 7-8 April (Friday & Saturday). Entry Form
30-Mar-2006 Launch of the New Mt Buffalo Guide
The launch will be held at BLVD, 6 Queensbridge Square, Southbank Vic 3006 Phone: +613 9686 6610. It will be on Thursday, 30th March from 7.30pm onwards. There will be lots of Mt Buffalo old timers who would be more than happy to answer questions and talk for ages. See PDF for more details and Word Doc for menu.


The Victorian Climbing Club is proud to announce that the new Mt Buffalo Rock Climbing Guidebook is now available. Kevin Lindorf ... [ More ]
25/3 To 9-Apr-2006 Workshops for Climbers by Garth Miller
25.3.06 Hangdog, Wollongong.
1 & 2.4.06 Climbfit, St Leonards.
8 & 9.4.06 Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym, St Peters.
For more information and bookings contact Garth on 02 47 82 26 59 or email are filling fast so book now to avoid disappointment!
15-Mar-2006 NZAC social meetings
Melbourne (Wednesday 15th Mar '06 at the Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson St. Abbotsford. VIC at 7.30pm ) and Sydney (Friday 31st March '06 at the Rugby Club, Sydney, 7pm - guest presentation from Sue Fear). Email or
4-Mar-2006 The Lactic Factory bouldering Series. Round One
The Lactic Factory is running a 4-round pumpfest style bouldering comp.

Placings in each round add together to determine the 2006 series champion.

Competitors Handbook with more details is now available on The Lactic Factory website.
23-Feb-2006 A chat with a living legend: Geoff Gledhill
To promote the new guide, Geoff Gledhill is giving a talk about his adventures on Mt Buffalo, amongst other areas, at the VCC's general Meeting, being held this Thursday (23rd Feb), at 8.00 PM at the Australian Gemmological Association 380-382 Spencer Street, Melbourne.

Geoff has lots of history with Ozy and recently accompanied Lee Cossey and Phil Sage on Lee’s ground-up free ascent. Phil is a photographer and has provided all of his photos of th ... [ More ]
2-Feb-2006 Climbing Mt Everest by Vince Waters
VCC member Vince Waters will give a talk on his recent attempt to climb Mt Everest, via the Noth ridge, and other peaks in the Himalayas. Check out the VCC web site for more info.
26/1 To 29-Jan-2006 Mt Buffalo, here we come!!
The new guide will soon be available to test out on this trip, which is sure to be heaps of fun! Check out the VCC web site for more details and trip contacts.
14-Dec-2005 Simon Carters World Climbing Slideshow
Over five years in the making, World Climbing: Images from the Edge is an extensive photographic work featuring over ninety different climbers in action at twenty-nine climbing areas from twelve countries. It covers climbing from its easiest to its hardest but above all its best. Without Hollywood tricks Carter gives us a good, hard honest look at modern climbing at its finest...

MELBOURNE - Wednesday 14th December, Casey Plaza Theatre (RMIT, Building ... [ More ]
28-Nov-2005 Book Launch & Slide Show with Simon Carter
The new book World Climbing: Images from the Edge by Aussie photographer Simon Carter will be officially "launched" with a couple of shindigs - comprising a book signing, drinks and short behind-the-scenes slide show.

SYDNEY - Monday 28th November, Shelbourne Hotel, Altitude Bar, 6.30pm.
KATOOMBA - Tuesday 6th December, The Carrington Hotel, 7pm.
CANBERRA - Wednesday 7th December, Copland Theatre, 7pm.
MELBOURNE - Wednesday 14th Decemb ... [ More ]
26-Nov-2005 Australian Bouldering Nationals
Climbfit - St Leonards
The last SCA event of the year. Information and entry forms here
Metro Theatre 624 George Street, Sydney. 2.00pm and 7.00pm. Special Guest PETER HILLARY. Films; BEYOND EVEREST, SILENT ROAR, etc. Meet Everest Summiteers, Peter Hillary and Sue Fear : Auction of rare Everest photographs and
books. Tickets: $30.00.
8-Nov-2005 Jon Muir 3 Poles
Australia's most extraordinary adventurer relives his expeditions to the earths 3 poles. Melbourne 8th Nov, Sydney 3rd Nov, other cities too. Tickets $25. 7pm. Call 1300 720 000 to register.
28/10 To 30-Oct-2005 The Nati Frinj Festival
For those Arapiles bound during Melbourne Cup weekend. Exhibitions, installations, music, films, puppets, performers, museums, side shows, Hay and Thespian mardi gras, markets, food and Cirque de Silo - the Saturday night spectacle on the Natimuk grain silos that will turn the Natimuk community into the most fantastic circus. See:
19-Oct-2005 Trekking and Mountaineering with BRIGITTE MUIR.
FREE INFORMATION EVENING Cowes Cultural Centre, Heritage Centre Building, 89 Thompson Avenue, Cowes. Starts at 7pm. See: world expeditions
14-Oct-2005 Next NZAC social meeting for SYDNEY
6:30pm at the Sydney Rugby Club - Rugby Place (Off 31A Pitt Street), Sydney . There will be a special guest presentation by reknown Australian mountaineer, Greg Mortimer, on expedition logistics and mountaineering/climbing opportunities in Antarctica. For more info, email
6/10 To 9-Oct-2005 OCEANIA CUP 2005
Australia / NZ international event being held in Sydney. Info and entry forms here
30/9 To 2-Oct-2005 AUSTRALIAN CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2005 (Difficulty event)
Urban Climb – 2/220 Montague Rd West End QLD
For further information contact the venue, Urban Climb: (07) 3844 2544 or email Tiffany Melius at


Open and Masters heats and semis are on Friday September 30, Juniors heats and semis are on Saturday October 1, and all categories’ finals are on Sunday October 2.

All categories will have two ... [ More ]
7-Sep-2005 Australian Lectures by Paul Rogers.
"Paul's tales of expeditions around the world... are aptly supported by his beautiful photographic images, and his c--kney banter make for a fully entertaining show" 7th Sep, Casey Plaza Theatre. RMIT Bowen St, Melbourne. 7.30pm. Also in Sydney on 6th Sep at 7pm at The Bowler's Club Function Room, 95-99 York Street. See Adventure Consultants
3-Sep-2005 Tim Macartney-Snape on Australian Mountaineering
A talk about "Where it's been and where it is going". Mountain Goat Brewery, Corner of North and Clark Sts, Richmond, Melbourne. NZAC members $5 - non-members $10.
1-Aug-2005 Free Brigitte Muir Presentation in Bendigo
Venue: The Theatrette, Bendigo Library 7pm. Registrations Essential. Phone: 1300 720 000. Brigitte was the first Australian woman to climb the Seven Summits. See: Wolrd Expeditions for more details.
30-Jul-2005 World renowned Mountaineer Doug Scott on tour in Australia
Mountain Goat Brewery, Corner of North and Clark Sts, Richmond, Melbourne. See here for more details.
15/7 To 16-Jul-2005 Victoria State Difficulty Titles
SCA has not forgotten about the Victorian round of comps! To be held at Hardrock in Melbourne. For more details check out theSCA web site, for entry details and the competition calender.
9/7 To 17-Jul-2005 VCC Club Trip: Nowra and Point Perpendicular, NSW
Anyone up for sports and adventure climbing? See the VCC web site for more details and contacts.
4-Jul-2005 NZ Climbing Movie Premieres in Sydney
A NZ film called Southern Faces is having its premiere at the Valhalla Cinema (166 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, Sydney). See this thread.
1-Jul-2005 New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) meeting in Sydney
Including special guest presentation by Lincoln Hall. Friday 1 July 2005, at 19:00. The Bishop Barry Centre - 51 Druitt Street Sydney. All welcome, lucky door prizes, and entry is FREE! More info:
28-Jun-2005 BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Adventure climbing and expeditions, check out the exciting and wild places visited! Check out :BANFF web site, for the links to the Australian tour, dates and ticket info.
20-Jun-2005 Stefan Glowacz Slideshow
Stefan Glowacz is coming out to Australia in June and doing a slideshow in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Melbourne: 20th June, info from Bogong Equipment. Sydney: 14th June, info from Mountain Equipment. See this thread for more details.
23/5 To 13-Jun-2005 SA Bouldering Series
Come and join in the comps, guarantees to be loads of fun. Check out the newly amalgamated:SCA web site, for entry details and the competition calender.
7-May-2005 NSW Bouldering Series Round 3
Come and join in the comps, guarantees to be loads of fun. Check out the newly amalgamated:SCA web site, for entry details and the competition calender.
28-Apr-2005 VCC General Meeting featuring Robin Holmes
Robin Holmes is giving a presentation on the development of Tenneriffe and other 'new' crags at the Gramps. Photos have been supplied by Davo Blair, Darryl McConnell, Jill Gara, Kaz Anwin and Will Monks. See the VCC web site for more details.
23-Apr-2005 ACT State Bouldering Titles
Come and join in the comps, guarantees to be loads of fun. Check out the newly amalgamated:SCA web site, for entry details and the competition calender.
9-Apr-2005 NSW Bouldering Series Round 2
Come and join in the comps, guarantees to be loads of fun. Check out the newly amalgamated:Sports Climbing Australia web site, for entry details and the competition calender.
31-Mar-2005 VCC General Meeting featuring John Stone
John Stone gives a insight into the climbing he has done, at some memorable places like NSW's Warrenbungles. See the VCC web site for more details and the updated activity calender.
26-Mar-2005 Natimuk Film Night
A film night will be held at the Natimuk Soldiers Memorial Hall on Easter Saturday the 26th of March. There will be climbing films, food, and drink. This is a fund raiser for the Arapiles Community Theatre. See: This Thread.
19-Mar-2005 Nail Removal (Burnley Project)
This is your chance to take your place in history and help bring the new Burnley Bouldering Wall to life! We have been asked by Parks Victoria to mobilise on some preparatory activities. One such activity is preparing a collection of plywood we have. See: This Thread.
12-Mar-2005 NSW Bouldering Series Round1
Its that time of year again!! Come and join in the comps, guarantees to be loads of fun. Check out the newly amalgamated:Sports Climbing Australia web site, for entry details and the competition calender.
24-Feb-2005 Euorpean Sport Climbing!
You have read about it, now come and hear the story and see the photos. Neil Monteith will talk about the recent adventures of himself and six other Australians during their two months travelling around some of the best sport crags of Europe, at the next VCC meeting.
See: Here for more details.
29/1 To 30-Jan-2005 The Mt Bufallo Guide Trip!
The VCC is in the process of reproducing the rockclimbing guide to the Mount Buffalo area. If you would like to join the VCC on their pre-booked campsites, and help out with taking photos (anyone with a decent digital camera is very welcome!), checking general access and specific routes, your help would be appreciated!! See: Here for more details.
Come and join Santa in Pipemakers park, on the banks of the Maribyrnong River (Melways Ref 28 B-10). There is a 200m long wall for bouldering, so toss in your booties and well as your beverage of choice and something to throw on the BBQ. Meet from 6:30pm.
See: Here for more details.
27-Nov-2004 The 3rd Chockstone Gathering is here!!
Venue: Mt Teneriffe
Join in for a day of fun climbing, a lunch time BBQ and meeting other climbers. Refer to this thread. All climbers and non climbers welcome!
24-Nov-2004 Mountaineers Alert: AMIN to meld with NZAC? A meeting of interested mountaineers in Sydney will be held to discuss the formation of an Australian Chapter of the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC). 6:30 PM start at Mountain Designs Sydney, 499 Kent Street Sydney. See: This Topic. If you are keen in attending the Sydney meeting, please register your interest and/or support to this initiative by sending Carolina Roman (or 'Romfrantic') a private message here with your full name and email addr ... [ More ]
17-Nov-2004 ARON RALSTON "Between a rock and a hard place" book signing
Venue: Readings Bookshop, 309 Lygon Street, Carlton. From 6:30pm.
The American climber who had to cut off his arm with a cheap pocket knife after being pinned by his arm for five days in a remote Utah canyon. Aron will be in Melbourne promoting his new book. This is a great chance to meet up with a true survivor!
30/10 To 31-Oct-2004 ASCF MD Bouldering Nationals is on again! Venue: Summit Indoor Climbing Centre, Blacktown, NSW. Check out the ASCF website for more information and entry forms.
30-Oct-2004 VCC Annual Dinner. Spit roast & entertainment. Melb Cup long weekend, Mt Arapiles. $30 per head. RSVP before the 15th.
28-Oct-2004 Mountaineers Alert: AMIN to meld with NZAC? A meeting of interested mountaineers in Melbourne will be held to discuss the formation of an Australian Chapter of the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC). 8.00 PM Start at the Australian Gemmological Association Building 380-382 Spencer Street, Melbourne. See: This Topic.
26-Aug-2004 CliffCare 2004 Raffle will be drawn at the VCC General Meeting. 1st Prize: $600 outdoor gear from Bogong. Bag yourself a ticket by emailing
14-Aug-2004 ASCF Victorian/Tasmanian Bouldering Titles 2004. Victoria Ranges: 40 Mt Alexander Rd Flemington 3031 VIC Ph: (03) 9372 2500. Entry Form (PDF)
17/7 To 18-Jul-2004 VCC Cliffcare Arapiles Repair Project is on again. Starting 9.30 each day. Lunch provided. The Project is revegetating old walking tracks in the grasslands between the Pines and the Atridae. Saturday: swing a pick to loosen the soil ready for sowing the native grass seed. Sunday: lay the grass seed. Contact Ant: or to tell us that you'll be there!
14-Jul-2004 Download FlyerDr Julian Saunders of Athlon Sports Medicine will be holding a seminar in Melbourne about injuries in climbers and how it correlates with training, principally based around the idea of training smartly and avoiding injury. 7pm at Victoria Ranges in Flemington. If you are interested in attending please email Julian or download the PDF Flyer. See also this forum thread. ... [ More ]
10/7 To 11-Jul-2004 Australian University Championships Rockclimbing is being held down in Melbourne this year, hosted by La Trobe University. On Saturday 10th July, there will be an onsight technical climbing competition held at the Cliffhanger climbing gym in Altona. And on Sunday, there'll be a pump-fest style bouldering competition at Vic Ranges gym in Flemington. See forum thread for more details.


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