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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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21:57 Buffalo Aid Weekend Nov 22-23 2014
21:39 Coroners report - Remarkables accident Aug 2013
18:25 John Ewbank - RIP  >|
17:59 Petzl Adjama harness
17:58 Leading abseiler falls unconscious. What to do?  >|
17:24 Any word on Blue Lake yet?  >|
15:26 Selling all my cams (c4s and metolius master cams)
14:49 weekend Arapiles climbing partners wanted
14:11 Off-topic: Climbers who ride MOTORbikes.  >|
12:57 Ground fall at St Peters monday night
10:47 Marmot Quasar Down Hoody
20-8 Mt Arapiles - Camping fee booking changes 1st July  >|
20-8 Bagging Nowra..  >|
20-8 Oh Nowra, how I love thee. Let me count the ways
20-8 Want to buy: rotary hammer drill
20-8 Trade My #1 Camalot for Your #2
20-8 Climbing Mediawatch  >|
19-8 Climbing up the bluies on weekdays /weekends
19-8 Looking for Blue Mountains climbing partner
19-8 Climbing/ travel buddy beginning of August
19-8 Climbing buddy for dirtbag settling in Araps
19-8 Partner wanted indoor and outdoor. Sydney.
  
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Objection Sustained David Focken hand jamming his way up the excellent Objection Sustained (18) at Black Ians, Vic. Photographer: Hywel Rowlands

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07-Jul-2014:
Mountain Huts & More
05-Jun-2014:
Victorian Mountains
07-Apr-2014:
Wilsons Prom

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13/8 To 27/08/2014 TODAY !! Andrew Lock: 'Summit 8000' The Tour.
Andrew Lock was the first and only Australian to summit all 14 of the world’s 8000m peaks. To celebrate the release of his thrilling new book SUMMIT 8000, Andrew will share a gripping account of his death-defying ascents at four exclusive events in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth.

More;
http://www.worldexpeditions.com/au/index.php?section=adventure_news&id=2187528

15/10 To 30/10/2014 Tim Macartney-Snape national speaking tour.
Tim Macartney-Snape is embarking on a national speaking tour in October to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Australian ascent of Mount Everest.
Starting in Canberra on October 15, the tour will take in Sydney, Katoomba, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle and Melbourne before winding up in Launceston on October 30.

More;
https://www.wild.com.au/news/article/everest-anniversary-tour
17/10 To 19/10/2014 The Australian Climbing Festival.
At Katoomba NSW.
(More detail pending, as it’s website is added to).

Chockstone thread for it is here.
See Also: Find Climbers, VCC or WVCC for upcoming trips.

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22/08/2014
to 31/08/2014
Frog Buttress
Location: Boonah, Qld
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: With a reputation for being the best crack climbing crag in Australia, Frog Buttress is a trad climbing venue with a conveniently located campground. Given its location and respective climate, August is a great time of year to climb in Queensland.
Those interested will need to be self-sufficient in terms of climbing and travel although we will seek to group and share car rentals as and if required.
Please email Hywel should you be interested in the trip. [ More ]
23/08/2014
to 24/08/2014
North Grampians Climb and Repair
Location: Summerday/Bark Wall area, Northern Grampians
Leader: Cameron Abraham
Details: With the reopening of a number of Northern Grampians climbing sites approaching, it's time for the climbing community volunteers to get stuck in and help out. Much of the track work has been done by contractors but there is still work to be done on climbing tracks and areas by clearing, hardening belay areas etc.
Help out on the Saturday and climb on the Sunday. Location for climbing to be determined.
Camping at Plantation campground - no fees will be incurred.
Lunch and snacks for the work day will be provided.

To register your support and interest in the trip please drop a line to Cameron Abraham at clubtrips@vicclimb.org.au and cc cliffcare@vicclimb.org.au [ More ]
11/09/2014VCC Annual General Meeting
Location: Carringbush Room (upstairs), Retreat Hotel, 226 Nicholson St, Abbotsford
Leader:
Details: Including the Golden Hex & Corroded Cam Awards.
The meeting starts at 7:30pm. [ 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 ]

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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