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4th Chockstone Gathering

12:36:58 PM
Lets start thinking about/planning the next Chockstone gathering. After all, the weather is becoming warmer, any suggestions??
5:27:18 PM
Sorry Damien, but this is the climbing forum, not a singles site.

Sounds like a great idea Neats - choice of venue? Needs to be somewhere easily accessable for not just Melbourne climbers and which has a short walk in so the BBQ trailer can make an appearance.

So far we have had Dog Rocks and Camels hump. Any other venues which meet those criteria with a good selection of grades for people to climb?

5:34:36 PM
Youies? Buffalo (bit of a drive) in the summer, beside lake catani? Black Hill?
12:29:13 PM
Hi Neats, Black Hill would be a great place to go. Not sure if thats good enough to suit all levels? Have you got any dates in mind?

12:42:11 PM
youies!!?? did someone say youies?? lol

warragul rocks maybe?

1:26:51 PM
On 22/09/2004 Damietta wrote:
>Perhaps we could get together over a nice red to discuss plans for the

Buy you did kinda leave the door very open, didn't you neats!
Nothing wrong with dating & climbing ... I met my wife in the Nati pub..!!

How about Warragul rocks? You'd have to check with the owner, but you can drive right to the top of the cliff for easy BBQ access, and it has a reasonable number of climbs at good grades?
7:53:13 AM
Warragul rocks (with Ron's approval) has my vote. Good access, fair range of climbs. Also Tenneriffe could be a possability. We would need to organise access with one of the adjacent land owners. October or mid December would suit me. I'll be away all of November.

10:48:39 AM
On 24/09/2004 Robin wrote:
>Warragul rocks (with Ron's approval) has my vote. Good access, fair range

Warraguls with the approval of the landowner would be good I think, given the drive up access. The more popular climbing on the top level would be within talking distance of where the barby could be setup above, making the whole lunchtime thing that much easier. Last two gatherings there was difficulty getting people off the rock long enough to eat more or less at the same time, especially at Camels where they had to walk back to the road. The only disadvantages I see are dirt road access (though good enough for the family sedan), and a possible lack of super easy grades for newcomers. And maybe not quite enough volume of routes? Though this might work in our favour making the event more social. Still if nothing else it will surely get Kent to finally tick his "Alan Parson's Project", what with 50 odd people screaming at him to "stick it man!". ;-)

Black Hill certainly has a lot more routes, but the climbing is more spread out, and the barby, if it is to make an appearence, would probably have to remain at the carpark.

Now if we could get everyone to drive as far as Black Ian's Rocks, we'd be onto a winner I think. You've got the shed if it rains, 5 min access from the (dirt) road and endless top ropeable routes all closely spaced making for a great social atmosphere. Plus some easy lines for beginners. The only downer would be the distance from Melbourne, making it almost impossible for a day trip.

1:03:22 PM
>Black Ian's Rocks ...The only downer would be the distance from Melbourne,
>making it almost impossible for a day trip.

But the allnight party could be pretty awesome!! Maybe with good weather coming up, a weekend gathering is a good idea?

2:12:17 PM
not a bad idea richard. i'd be up for a weekend rager.......i mean gathering........ :S in the gramps. it is a fair way to go for some though, but there is a lot at all grades for people. could be a definate goer.

and of course your excited mike! i know you have a little soft spot for black ians.....

10:43:45 AM
I haven't been to Warragul Rocks before, but it sounds great. Black Ian's Rocks sounds great also, but would peoples prefer a day trip or an over nighter for such a gathering?

Come on peoples, post some 'chockstone gathering' thoughts or ideas.

10:57:41 AM
Cup weekend is coming up - four days if you can get the Monday off.

1:01:00 PM
Australia day next year - A wednesday. Five days if you can get the monday and tuesday off !! Looks like their might be an epedemic sickness?

1:24:31 PM
Might be headed to Tassie for Melb Cup w/e!

1:26:14 PM
Black Ian's would be brilliant. Middle of nowhere, easy access to climbs. Might want to forwarn the farmer who made the campsite in case he thinks its a bunch of hooligans rolling up (as opposed to well behaved climbers ;-)
4:15:45 PM
Buffalo is a great idea, a lot more feasible for those in the north east of the state and you don't have to walk far for climbs and there is a pub. What more could you want?

4:19:15 PM
climb, swim in lake catani, pub, then camp! What a great combo!!

9:54:48 PM

3:32:44 PM
Buffalo would be great, but I am a realist and recognise the majority are Melbourne based.
Teneriffe would be feasible for me.

Perhaps those of us in the NE can car-pool?

7:52:57 PM
On 28/09/2004 A5iswhereitsat wrote:
>Buffalo would be great, but I am a realist and recognise the majority are
>Melbourne based.
>Teneriffe would be feasible for me.
Teneriffe would be a good compromise, Also camping at Buffalo costs $$$'s
>Perhaps those of us in the NE can car-pool?
Car-pooling is definantly doable! Plus cheaper!

So....Bec, Dan, Climbau, & A5iswhereitsat. One more and we have a North-East crew Straight outta tha Eeest Sieed!

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