Rock Climbing In Victoria, Australia.
In association with Chockstone Photography
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.
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.
Hamish from Tassie rolling the dice on Lemmington (19), Arapiles. Photographer: Steve Toal
|End of Month @ Arapiles|
Location: Mount Arapiles - The Pines
Details: NO MORE NOVICES OR INTERMEDIATES for October trip.
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.
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 ]
|Learn2Lead Course #5 COURSE FULL|
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
The fifth and finalLearn2Lead Course for 2016is now FULL.The first L2L Course for 2017 will be advertised once the dates are finalised. Please contact Michael O'Reilly, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, if you are interested ina 2017 L2L Course.
The fifth Learn2Lead Course for 2016 is being organised to take place at Mt Arapiles in November. The VCC offers this course exclusively to members.
Take the next step. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely:
- Exclusive to VCC members
- 6 days qualified instruction
- All equipment provided
- A max 4 students per instructor.
What you will learn:
- Lead climbing using natural protection
- Setting up belay stations and descending from the cliff
- Multi-pitch considerations
- Protecting the second.
You should be able to safely belay and second a lead climber outdoors
You must be a currentVCC member
Total cost: $625 per person, including GST.
Note: Parks Victoria Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles ($5:10 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 $125 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the course.
Photos: Michael's rack and a hex placement. [ More ]
|12/11/2016||Cathedral Range Adventure Climbing North Jawbone|
Location: Cathedral Range State Park
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: This trip is now almost FULL - no more Novice or Intermediate Climbers. If you are an experienced trad leader, please contact Ollie as there may be room.
Please note the change of date. North Jawbone provides excellent climbing on high quality, chocolate coloured sandstone. Enjoy the excellent views and the long slabs on the first VCC rock climbing trip to the Cathedrals for a few years. It's time to polish up your footwork and to get slabbing.
Climbing in the Cathedrals can be quite an adventure, with the crags often being remote and access requiring walks through rugged terrain. However, there are many little gems that await those willing to make the effort. The North Jawbone Crag overlooks the Cathedral Valley on the Eastern side of the Cathedral Range. Despite its steep appearance, North Jawbone is a reclining slab of about 60 degrees. Many of its climbs are multi-pitch and over 100m long on quality chocolate sandstone. There are approximately 53 documented routes at the crag and they range in grade from 3 to 23. Some popular two and three star routes include: Speigals Overhang 130m (10), Junglescope 140m (13), Fruit Hustler 40m (17) and The Mice Were Furious 130m (17). This is the first club rock climbing trip into the Cathedrals for a few years and the trip will be capped at twelve, so make sure you get in early to secure a spot.
The trip is targeted at Advanced Climbers, with alimited number of spots available for Intermediate Climbers.
Contact the Trip Leader, Ollie Sherlock, to secure your place.
Photo: Delicate footwork (Michael O'Reilly Collection) [ More ]
|19/11/2016||Tough Mudder - VCC Team|
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: Tough Mudder is coming to town and wewill have a club team as a bit of a social event.
This is the first time Tough Mudder has come to Victoria and the event is only a short hop from Melbourne nearMyrniong and Bacchus Marsh. Registration will cost $159 and the event will last several hours if not the day.
For more information and to register go to the website here.
For instructions on joining the Victorian Climbing Club team once you have registered and paid, go here
New Awesome Venue, New Amazing Course
We're heading to an exciting new venue in 2016 and we're taking it to a whole new level. Get ready to come face to face with rolling hills, dark bush lands, scrubs and plenty of mud.
18-20 Klms, 18-20 Obstacles
Featuring all-new 2016 obstacles, this is going to be one event to remember. Gather your team-mates and commit now, your orange headband is waiting at Tough Mudder Melbourne Presented by Merrell.
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|End of Month @ Arapiles|
Leader: Book through eventbrite
Details: We hope you can make it? The last in the series of End of Month trips to Arapiles for this year. Arapiles needs no introduction, the climbing is sublime on relatively clean and varied rock.
Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Michael O'Reilly
Get in early if you are a beginner or don't lead climb, there are limited places. Or up skill on one of our learn to lead courses, learn more here. [ More ]
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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Jacqui has put together a PDF
guide to the new
in Melbourne. This is a free outdoor bouldering wall
built by climbers for climbers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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