Rock Climbing In Victoria, Australia.
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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.
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.
Chris Ferre on the first free ascent of The Reckoning (25) at Mount Arapiles. Photographer: Anna Yuill
|Black Ians Rocks|
Location: Black Ians
Leader: Peter Upton
Details: Black Ians Rocks is in the Black Range in The Grampians. It has a well deserved reputation for superb crack climbing in the intermediate grades, as well as a range of other styles of climbing. The crag now also has a number of mostly harder sport routes.
Black Ians is also a perfect winter crag, with most of the routes catching any available sunshine. But be prepared for a bruised ego while learning to climb cracks!
Learning to crack climb can open up a whole new world of inspiring climbing linesthat will take you up some of the best rock in the world. Not only that, a nice hand jam on a climb can give you a well-earned rest whilst others flounder and get pumped.
All levels of climbing experience are welcome, but Beginner numbers may be limited depending on the numbers of experienced climbers on the trip.
Prior crack climbing experience is not essential - Black Ians is a great place to learn. The sandstone at Black Ians is no where near as unforgiving as the rock at Buffalo or Mt Alexander.
Please contact Peter Upton, the Trip Leader, prior to the trip for more information.
Photos: A sample of an fist jam at Black Ians and Peter Upton, the Trip Leader. [ More ]
|End of the Month@Arapiles/Djurite Climbing and Tree Planting Working Bee|
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Adam Merrick
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 is an annual event and hopefully over time will make a real difference to the campground and its environs. While Ollie Sherlock has again lovingly grown these seedlings from local seed, he can't be there this year. In his place Adam Merrick will be co-ordinating the Cliffcare Tree Planting Working Bee. Please contact Adam to express your interest in both the Working Bee and in the climbing. It's important for planning purposes that the number of participants are known in advance. Please make Adam's task easier by emailing him now!
This year we have the following seedlings to be planted:
20 White Cypress Callitris glaucophylla Seed collected Declaration Crag Area
20 Buloke Allocasuarina luehmanii seed collected Natimuk Francis Road
20 Drooping Sheoak Allocasuarina stricta Seed collected Watchtower Area
20 Weeping Pittospermum Pittospermum angustifolium seed collected Natimuk Golf Links Road, Arapiles- Tooan SP
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.
This Working Bee is supported by Parks Victoria, Cliffcare, The Victorian Climbing Club and Friends of Arapiles. [ More ]
|Winter Camp 2019 - Mt Feathertop|
Location: Mt Feathertop
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: This year Game of Thrones will be back and we'll be back at Mt Feathertop. Together with the New Zealand Alpine Club we'll rock the Backcountry Event you really don't want to miss!
Youve done some rock-climbing and want to step it up? Youre thinking about doing a Technical Mountaineering Course? You want to climb the Himalayas? You're a seasoned mountaineer and just want to enjoy a great weekend in the snow? This is EXACTLY the right trip for you.
Hopefully you can join us hiking up Bungalow Spur, or across the Razorback (whatever ticks your fancy), and meet at Federation Hut for a fluffy snow camp. There you have the choice between:
Just enjoying winter wonderland and cooking some snow OR
Joining the mountaineers and practising self-arrest, building a Swiss pulley system and doing other weird things. For this option youll need an ice-axe, crampons and a climbing helmet at a bare minimum.
If you havent attended a previous VCC Mountaineering trip or Winter Camp, there will be a mandatory mid-week briefing in Melbourne prior to the trip.
This trip is suitable for all levels of experience, with limited spaces for beginners. The trip leaders - Anna, Matt, Petey and Philipp - have done all kinds of crazy stuff and some of them are also Alpine SAR Victoria members. You will be in safe hands.
If you're new to snow-camping, please get in touch with us. There are a lot of things to consider which we will address at the briefing, however it doesn't hurt to get a heads-up on the gear requirements.
More details regarding theMountaineering Season 2019 will be released once were done with the planning. Feel free to email us any questions in the meantime
Winter is coming.
DAH DA DUH DA DAH DUH DA DA DA (dadadadadadadadadadadadaada)
To secure your place self-register via this web-form:
Anna, Matt, Petey and Philipp [ More ]
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
New Moonarie Guidebook
Rob Baker and Josef Goding are stoked to announce the 2019 edition of the Moonarie - a rock climber's guide. See: https://www.moonarie.com.
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