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Chockstone Gathering Part 2

4:04:23 PM
On 18/02/2004 AndyCJ wrote:
>You'll get another shot at Poxbow then Terry!
and hopefully that day the gods will be smiling.... anyone no any good prayers

11:32:31 PM
pity we can't bring the barbie (& beer fridge) trailer up the track(!).. bit less of a handy spot than the last gathering..
9:09:26 AM
not if you use the lower ambulance track rather than aproaching from above.... its a 2 min walk.....

9:33:04 AM
ambulance track eh? hadn't heard it called that before..
and ah call me lazy when there's beer and bbq around
12:37:39 PM
Not heard of the "Emergency Track!" man - it's the go for sure.

Go left from the carpark, past the nice VCC climbing sign and along the "Emergency Access Only" track (not the one down the hill). Leads you right to the bottom of Poxbow etc.

About the VCC motivational climbing sign there... am I right in assuming that guy's not climbing at Camels Hump in the picture? Looks like Granite? Odd.

12:45:37 PM
The route pictured is Pull the Ripcord (16) at Black Hill.

1:00:35 PM
ah no i certainly know the track just hadn't heard it called the "ambulance track" before.. I think you'd be hard pressed to fit an ambulance down there!
4:20:53 PM
The VCC construced the track about 4 or 5 years ago in conjuction with Parks Victoria. The SES wanted to carve a 4wd track to the base of the rock. They claimed it was for public safety but others thought it was so they didn't have to carry there gear in for training! The walking track was a compromise and was constructed for emergency access and also for general rock climber access. Unfortunately I know of at least one incident where the track was used to access an accident but fortunately the climber has since recovered.

Not hard to carry a BBQ in there now. Weather can be a bit unreliable at Camels in April although the last few years has been pretty good. Maybe a back up plan like Black Hill (or the Mt Macedon Pub) would be worth considering if the weather craps out. Could just leave a sign on the notice board if it is relocated.

4:28:33 PM
On 19/02/2004 Robin wrote:
>Not hard to carry a BBQ in there now.

Might be a tad tricky carrying the barbie trailer in though..

4:33:38 PM
I know we can make it! We will enough strong lads to drag anything in.
4:51:10 PM
Robin - not sure if you were at the last gathering, but we're not talking about just any old BBQ here.... the magnificent 6x8 foot BBQ/esky trailer was truly something to behold.... it ain't going past the carpark at Camels!!

7:11:47 PM
Hell, lets just ring the SES and get that 4wd track cut in there.

On the other hand, the grassed area to the West of the car park will be fine.

11:54:32 PM
Alright guys, BBQ trailer will be booked tomorrow. If we need to get up and down the ambulance track, i'll book he smaller one. Just need head count... how about it Mike? An unofficial registry????

9:05:05 AM
I was there last night - no way we can get the big one down that track. Bring the small one Timmy! (and fill it with gas this time!)

6:25:59 PM
will do...

12:33:09 PM
Will folks be able to donate to Safer Cliffs (Sponsor a Bolt :-) and Chockstone???

safer cliffs vic
12:42:45 PM
There will be a donation tin set-up for Safer Cliffs Victoria! Many of the routes at Camels have been re-bolted recently so it is a great way of seeing some of the better work that has been done.
1:17:16 PM
Rebolting and new chains up at the Hump is great - a very good idea about the donations I think.

6:18:24 PM
ditto andy, the rings on bop till you drop made me feel very safe when high above them.

also, to the safer cliff victoria representative on this site......theres a donation of some more drill bits in the mail next week, when i get time to get to the post office! bloody full time work!!

12:13:58 PM
don't forget to make arrangements (travel etc) to attend the gathering peoples... bring gear to sell/trade too :-)

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