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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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The Shining Path Martin Jackson on pitch 4 of “The Shining Path”, Grey and Green Walls, Mt Stapleton Amphitheatre, Grampians, Vic. Photographer: John Bentley

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Craigs Hut
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Following The Light
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Autumn Changes

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29/07/2016
to 27/11/2016
End of Month @ Arapiles
Location: Mount Arapiles - The Pines
Leader: Queries
Details: We hope you can make it? We will have anEnd of Month trip to Arapiles every month for the remainder of the year.Arapiles needs no introduction, the climbing is sublime on relatively clean and varied rock. 30-31 July - Sign Up Here-Trip Leader - David Scarlett 27-28 August - Beginners Trip - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Cameron Abraham 30Sept - 2 Oct - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Hywel Rowlands 29-30 October - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Ollie Sherlock 26-27 November - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Michael O'Reilly Get in early if you are a beginner, there will be limited places with the exception of the August trip. Or up skill on one of our learn to lead courses,learn morehere. [ More ]
30/07/2016
to 31/07/2016
VCC Mountaineering 2 - Introductory Snow Trip Mk II: TRIP FULL
Location: Victorian High Country
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: This trip is now FULL. Contact the Trip Leader if you'd like to be placed onthe waiting list. Theres a whole magical world out there: mountain life! We want to give you an idea of what mountaineering is about, where its beauty lies and why it is so addictive. Like climbing on rocks, mountaineering is an activity requiring a mix of skills. In the past many successful rock-climbers like Brigitte Koch, Alex Honnold and our own Andrew Lock transitioned into the challenging world of snow and glacier-covered mountains. Its time to go out there and learn some skills. During this trip we will cover things like movement on snow, navigation, snow camping and of course emergency management. Based in a safe environment we get prepared to venture out into more challenging terrain on the next trip. Snow and weather conditions will dictate the location of the trip. This is the second of three sections within the VCC Mountaineering Program. Attending this section is a prerequisite to attend the following section of the program. You will find the complete description as well as how to sign up in the news blogpost VCC Mountaineering Program. Please read the NEWS post regarding the whole VCC Mountaineering Program on our website before contacting Philipp, the Trip Leader. [ More ]
06/08/2016
to 07/08/2016
Winter Camp 2016 - TRIP FULL
Location: Mt Feathertop
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: TRIP FULL- Please contact the Trip Leader if you'd like to be added to the Waiting List. Remember the terrible weather we had on our snow trip last year? We neither! So we're doing it again! Get the dust off your snow-shoes and pray for snow! We are hiking up Bungalow Spur, or across the Razorback (whatever ticks your fancy), and meet at Federation Hut for a fluffy snow camp. If that's not enough for you, we can have a play with some mountaineering gear, build a Swiss pulley system, break through the cornice, cook some snow or light a fire in the pot-belly. This trip is suitable for all levels of experience including beginners. The guides have climbed 7000m peaks, camped three weeks on Denali, spent the night in a 100km/h snow-storm on top of Bogongand havenavigated for hours in a complete white-out. You will be in safe hands. Please contact the trip leaders, Philipp and Anna,if you never camped in the snow before. They can advise you on gear and other things. Winter is coming. DAH DA DUH DA DAH DUH DA DA DA (dadadadadadadadadadadadaada) Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place or get more information about snow camping. [ More ]
20/08/2016
to 21/08/2016
VCC Mountaineering 3 - Basic Mountain Experience - TRIP FULL
Location: Victorian High Country
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: Backup Date: 3 September 2016 - 4 September 2016 TRIP FULL- Please contact the Trip Leader if youd like to be added to the Waiting List. Theres a whole magical world out there: mountain life! We want to give you an idea of what mountaineering is about, where its beauty lies and why it is so addictive. Like climbing on rocks, mountaineering is an activity requiring a mix of skills. In the past many successful rock-climbers like Brigitte Koch, Alex Honnold and our own Andrew Lock transitioned into the challenging world of snow and glacier-covered mountains. You dont have to venture far to face a bit of a challenge: The Victorian High Country can be very interesting in winter. The goal of this years VCC Mountaineering Program is to summit one of the big mountains when everything looks like winter wonderland. Snow and weather conditions will dictate the location of the trip. This is the third of three sections within the VCC Mountaineering Program. Attending the previous section is a prerequisite to attend this trip of the program. You will find the complete description as well as how to sign up in the news blogpost VCC Mountaineering Program. Please read the NEWS post regarding the whole VCC Mountaineering Program on our website before contacting Philipp, the Trip Leader.   [ More ]
15/09/2016-7:30pmVCC Annual General Meeting
Location: The Retreat Hotel, Carringbush Room, 226 Nicholson Street Abbotsford
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: What: The usual AGM Reports, Voting for Committee, Speeches and theGolden Hex& Corroded Cam Awards forClimbing Photography. And this year the highlight will be the BIG Raffle for the Inaugural Trip Leaders Rewards Program. Optional: Dinner and drinkies. Possibility: Apple bobbing and Chandelier swinging. Definites: Dancing on tables and tall tales. Bring along your best climbing related pics on a disc or USB stick and compete for the Golden Hexand Corroded Cam Awards. It for some reason you cant attend, send them through to argus@vicclimb.org.au Trip Leaders need to have run at least two trips prior to this AGM to gain entry into the BIGRaffle. Contact Michael O'Reilly ASAPto get your trips up and running.   [ 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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New On Chockstone [ More ]
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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