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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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to 30/04/2017
End of the Month @ Araps (April)
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Dave Scarlett
Details: Perfect friction and climbing conditions what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin Autumn? Take advantage of the walls, buttresses and gullies that face in all directions to find perfect climbing conditions. Arapiles offers well over 2700 routes theres something for you! Come along andcruise upthe nearby classics and well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Or climb something new. We will be camping in The Pines, close to the action. There is no better rock to fondle than the hard quartzite of Arapiles, so contact your Trip Leader, Dave Scarlett,to register your interest. This trip is suitable for all abilities, however there will be limited spaces for beginners. Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear and hopefully we'll see you there. Photos: Trip LeaderDave Scarlettrugged up at Araps in winter and The Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
to 18/05/2017
Learn2Lead Course #3 COURSE FULL
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: This course is now FULL. If you are interested in the upcoming 4th Learn2Lead Course, then please contact Michael. The third Learn2leadCourse for 2017 is being held at Mt Arapiles from 13th - 18th May. The VCC offers this course exclusively to members. Take the next step. Learn to lead climb using natural protection, have fun and get home safely: Exclusive to VCC members 6 days qualified instruction All equipment, including trad gear, provided Only 4 participants are on the course.   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 and non-transferrable $195 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least4 weeks prior to the start of the course.     Photos: Michael's rack and a hex placement.           [ More ]
to 21/05/2017
Summerday Valley Weekend Escape with Cheese and Wine - Trip FULL
Location: Summerday Valley, Grampians and Mt Zero Log Cabins
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: This trip is now FULL. Please contact Ollie if you'd like to be added tothe Waiting List. Summerday Valley is a popular climbing area of the Grampians providing a range of single pitch Beginner and Intermediate grade climbs which are protected using Trad gear. Most of the area is now open to the public after the fires, so we will have a range of areas to climb including Back Wall and Wall of Fools. Not only is the Grampians a world class climbing area, it is also home to one of Australias most historical and acclaimed wine regions. Since when in Rome, one must do as the Romans do, we have organised this trip to bring you the best of both worlds Climbing and Wine. Some experts even believe that the antioxidants in wine help you to live longer and climb harder! Some climbers believe that red wine is the best liquid for rehydration! To enjoy the best of both the wine and the cheese, we will be staying at the Mt Zero Log Cabins. Leave some room after dinner, bring some cheese and wine and join us for a Saturday night social gathering. There is no better way to relax after a full day of climbing than to chill out by the campfire with some well earned cheese and wine. Accommodation: Mt Zero Lodge - approximately $27 per person per night for a 6 person share cabin. The Trip Leaders for this climbing and social extravaganza are Ollie Sherlock and Helen McFadzean. Please contact Ollie prior to the trip to secure your place. Full payment for the accommodation in advance will be required to secure your place on this trip. Places on this trip are very limited. Beginner places and non-leader places arealso limited. Top Photo: Ollie performing at Bayside Rock. [ More ]
to 28/05/2017
End of the Month @ Araps (May)
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Ben Wright
Details: Perfect friction and climbing conditions what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin late Autumn? Come along andcruise upthe nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes in the sun. Or climb something new. We will be camping in The Pines, close to the action. There is no better rock to fondle than the hard quartzite of Arapiles, so contact your Trip Leader, Ben Wright,to register your interest. This trip is suitable for all abilities, however there will be limited spaces for beginners. Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear and hopefully we'll see you there. Photos: Trip LeaderBen Wright and The Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
to 12/06/2017-9:00am
Queens Birthday Weekend Tree Planting and Climbing Trip
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: The month of June is a fantastic time to climb at Arapiles and also an ideal time for planting, with cooler weather and a bit of moisture in the ground. Why not come along and support the VCC and Cliffcare in helping to give back to a place that gives us so much . Plant your own tree in the Campground and watch it grow as you return to the Mount in coming years! The tree planting will happen on the Saturday morning commencing at 0900 and once the trees are in the ground, watered and guarded we can head out climbing. An old Greek Proverb says it all: A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. The good news is that most of us will get to sit in their shade. This will be an annual event and hopefully over time will make a real difference to the campground and its environs. Photos: Ollie and son Flynn with seedlings grown from local Callitris Pine, Yellow Gum and Casuarinaseeds. All seedlings have been grown by Ollie from locally collected seeds. [ More ]

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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.

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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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