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Welcome to Chockstone fellow climbers. Within this site you'll find our on-line guide provides supplemental information about most Victorian climbing destinations including the major areas of Arapiles, the Grampians and Mt Buffalo. The gallery is chock full of images & video from all over the state and our interviews with local climbers has been a welcome addition to the articles section. A few pearls of climbing wisdom can be found in the tech tips, along with detailed photos of useful knots.

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19-12 Abseil Station at top of Eurobin Falls?
19-12 Looking for partner Bouldering in Canberra on Jan
18-12 Ride available to/from Arapiles this weekend.
18-12 FS: Rab eVent one-piece suit XL
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17-12 Mt Arapiles - Camping fee booking changes 1st July  >|
17-12 Guessing competition thread, (climbing stuff ok?)
17-12 Blue Mountains - 18-24 december
17-12 VCC BBQ @ Burnley now till 8pm
17-12 Buffalo Aidfest November 2014.  >|
17-12 FS: Millet ProLight 45 alpine pack
17-12 FS: Mont Icicle Down Jacket
17-12 FS: Lowa Civetta Extreme 14 plastic boots
17-12 FS: Sportiva Nuptse 47 double boots
  
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Impulse Tom Semple during his onsight attempt of Impulse (24) at Frog Buttress. Photographer: Cameron Semple

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26-Nov-2014:
Kosciuszko & NSW
08-Oct-2014:
Mountains to Sea
25-Aug-2014:
Falls Creek & Gippsland

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See Also: Find Climbers, VCC or WVCC for upcoming trips.

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25/12/2014
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Mt Arapiles VCC Xmas Trip
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: Whether from overseas, avoiding family or just simply climbing crazy, come join this 4 day Xmas trip to Arapiles.
Come for all 4 days, or for part of the trip.
The trip is open to climbers of all ability and experience levels, but beginner numbers may be limited.

Camping at Mount Arapiles
If you are camping at The Mount, either in The Pines or The Gums, you need to book and prepay your camping fees before the trip. The cost is $5 per person per night.
To book, visit the Parks Victoria Booking website
http://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/mount-arapiles-tooan-state-park

Please contact Trip Leader Hywel Rowlands prior to the trip if you are interested
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11/01/2015Black Hill Day Trip
Location: Black Hill, near Kyneton.
Leader: Dan Miller (The Secretary!)
Details: What better way than slab climbing is there to improve your footwork and technique after the mindless laps of Burnley not looking at your feet! Not that there's anything wrong with improving your endurance on jugs... it's just that it won't help you at Black Hill. Come along and learn some technique and how to use your 'sticky rubber'.
The first Club Trip for 2015 is a day trip to the granite climbing area of Black Hill, near Kyneton. Dan Millar is the Trip Leader. The Club Secretary plans to show participants the climbs in the two areas around Milawa (17*) and Barefoot and Pregnant (19*) in the Upper Area of the Northern Group. Both areas offer great slab climbing.
Check out the available routes on the online Guide theCrag.

NOTE: Only 12 participants. [ More ]
8/02/2015Camels Hump Day Trip
Location: Camels Hump, Mt Macedon
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: The perfect February Day Trip for sun soaked Melbournians in need of a climbing fix. A great 'Summer Crag' with some shade possibilities and an easy walk in. The 1000m altitude also helps to lessen the heat of summer.
Climb routes on the lower cliff or head up the hill to the Omega Block and flex your muscles on the sport test pieces!
Climbs for everyone including cool chimneys, juggy aretes to thin and steep face climbs.
Suitable for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced climbers.
Contact Hywel Rowlands, the Trip Leader, prior to the trip to secure your place.
Beginner places may be limited. [ More ]

Climbing News [ More | 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 Gra ... [ More ]

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23-May-2006 Jacqui has put together a PDF guide to the new Burnley Wall in Melbourne. This is a free outdoor bouldering wall built by climbers for climbers.
17-Feb-2006 Beechworth Bouldering Guide Paul Martin has contributed a guide to the Beechworth Bouldering Circuit. From a climber’s perspective, the Beechworth area is worth spending some time in as it is blessed with a large number of granite boulders upon which we may ply our trade. The bouldering in this guide covers only a small but popular area which lies within close proximity to the town centre.
15-Feb-2006 Dr Ron Farmer has contributed an article Protecting An Abseil: A Study Of Friction Knots. The aim of this study was to examine the suitability of various knots for protecting an abseil with a self-belay.
08-Dec-2005 At long last the Chockstone T-Shirts are finally happening! Belinda Rees of Makalu Mountain Equipment has kindly taken on the daunting task and financial cost of producing and selling them. Please support her efforts by placing an order via the fax details shown below. If you want to pick up a shirt before Christmas, you'll need to get your order in pronto.
17-Nov-2005 Neil has created a guide to Grahams Creek, Victoria Range, Grampians and well as another to Windjammer Wall, Mt Stapylton, Grampians. Both are also available in PDF.
08-Nov-2005 WIN THIS BOOK! World Climbing by Simon Carter WIN THIS BOOK! To celebrate the launch of Simon Carter's fabulous new photo book - World Climbing, Chockstone is hosting a competition - the prizes being signed copies of the book! Check out this topic on the forum for details on how to win.
04-Aug-2005 Bad Moon Rising Wall, Grampians.Neil has added a guide to a new crag in the Northern Grampians, at Hollow Mountain: Bad Moon Rising Wall. The routes and rock quality resemble Wall Of Fools at Summer Day Valley. The right side is home to several nice sport routes and the left has some of the best easy jug fests in the Grampians.
17-Jul-2005 James has updated the Mt Difficult, Grampians guide as a revised PDF. Also reviewed Slack Jaw DVD's Blood Sweat and Bagels, and Stick It, both of which I really enjoyed.
27-May-2005 Jacqui takes a rest on Invisible Fist (26), Taipan Wall. Added video of Jacqui Middleton leading The Invisible Fist of Professor Hiddich Smiddich (26) at the jewel of the Grampians, Taipan Wall. The scary traverse out right and back left to tag the finish is well above the last bolt. Video shot from two angles, including above and behind via an overhanging abseil.
18-Mar-2005 Neil has updated his Mt Stapylton Campground guide. Grab the PDF for the latest version. Includes 40 climbs within walking distance of the campsite. Areas: Mini Castle Crag, Warden Wall, Sentinel Cave & Wall, The Guardhouse, and Mt Pleasant.
01-Feb-2005 Simon Mentz Interview with Photos By Simon Carter. Completed the Interview with Simon Mentz. Local reader's will probably best know Simon's name as the co-author of those outstanding guide books Arapiles Selected Climbs, and Grampians Selected Climbs. Other's might have come across his name against numerous starred first ascents that are now considered classics in the Grampians, Mt Buffalo and deep in the heart of the Northern Territory. Simon's climbing life has taken him to more distance places like The Nose of El Capitan and the Matterhorn, but his nucleus remains the appealing country life of Natimuk.
25-Jan-2005 Dave Jones Interview with Photos By Simon Carter. Completed the Interview with Dave Jones. The man with a quiet voice and supernatural shoulders has a reputation for bold, run out, trad horror shows, including one such ascent captured on film during the making of the well known climbing movie "Hard Grit". With first ascents that include the hardest route at Mt Arapiles, Punks Addition (32), some scary stuff on Taipan Wall and a wealth of bold FA's and repeats throughout the world, it's a wonder Dave has time to earn a living.
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