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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 27/10/2019
End of the Month @ Djurite/Araps - October
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Peter Upton
Details: Mt Arapilesin mid spring? So much better for climbing at Arapiles than winter! The warmth in the sun and longer daylight hours make for a great weekend of climbing. There will be a Cliffcare Working Bee on Saturday morning. We will help move some more rocks for Walter for the Upper Central Gully Track Project on Saturday morning. The benefits of participating in this type of Working Bee are obvious to any climber who has spent any time at Araps. See the separate post on the VCC Events Page on our website for more details. Spring gives us a mixture of weather and Arapiles provides us with a perfect range of cliffs to suit the conditions. You can get up earlier and enjoy the warming rays of the sun. Or you can climb late into the evening. 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, Peter Upton, to register your interest. These EOM@Djurite/Araps trips are intended for all levels of climbers, however Beginner spaces will be limited by the number of experienced leaders who come along. It is recommended that Beginners contact the Trip Leader as soon as possible. All intending participants must contact the trip leader prior to the trip. Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear and hopefully we'll see you there. Photos: Trip Leader Peter Upton and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
26/10/2019-9:00amCliffCare Working Bee - Upper Central Gully Walking Track
Location: Djurite/Mount Arapiles
Leader: Cameron Abraham
Details: There will be a CliffCare Working Bee on Saturday morning as part of the EOM@Djurite/Arapiles Club trip. Cameron Abraham will be running the Working Bee side of things on the trip. We will help move some more rocks for Walter for the Upper Central Gully Track Project on Saturday morning. The benefits of participating in this type of Working Bee are obvious to any climber who has spent any time at Araps. Saturday Working Bee Details: Meet at the top of the Central Gully Track at 9:30am, or in The Pines Campground at 9:00am ready for the walk up the track. We will be moving some rocks from the top of the track down the track a reasonably short distance. This should only take a short time to complete a great warm-up for Saturdays climbing. Photos: Smoking Ceremony for the Upper Central Gully Track Project and Working Bee Organiser Cameron Abraham.   [ More ]
to 05/11/2019
Blue Mountains with the Sydney Rockies
Location: Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales
Leader: Dave Scarlett
Details:   The Sydney Rockies have invited the VCC to join them on a trip to the Blue Mountains over the 'extended' Melbourne Cup weekend. This is a great opportunity for a short 'best of tour' of the Blueys. They are providing free camping accommodation at a members well located property and some climbing buddies to take us to their favourite classic Blueys spots. This will include Mt Piddington, Bell Supercrag and others depending on the weather and the sun.   Maximum climbing will be possible because the members of the Sydney Rockies are going to help us with transport. So the plan is for us to fly into Sydney Airport. They will help as much as they can with transport from the airport or train stations. If you are interested in joining this inter club meet, please contact the VCC Trip Leader, Dave Scarlett, as soon as possible.     Photos:   Sunrise from Katoomba Dave Scarlett leading Johnny's Jalopies (18), Celebrity Crags. Ben Wright on the traverse of Hotel California (22)   [ More ]
07/11/2019Midweek@the You Yangs
Location: You Yangs Regional Park
Leader: John Fells
Details:   These mid-week trips are for climbers who have the availability to get out for a day's climbing mid-week, but usually can't find a partner. Climbing in the Youies is a great introduction to climbing granite. Depending on the particular crag visited, there are often a few easy cracks which provide a good taste of crack climbing and several sport slab routes in the intermediate grades.   These short slabs are a great introduction to the fine art of 'slabbing' and are a perfect way to improve your footwork. You will learn to 'trust your feet'! Beginner numbers may be limited. The Trip Leaders, John Fells and Michael O'Reilly, will determine the crag to be visited close to the day. The choice of crag will depend on the skills and experience of the participants, the total number of participants and the weather forecast.Please contact the Trip Leader John Fells, prior to the trip, to indicate your interest. Then further information can be forwarded to you closer to the day.   [ More ]
10/11/2019Bouldering@Mt Beckworth
Location: Mount Beckworth
Leader: Ben Wright
Details: Boulder curious? Feeling uncomfortably tethered? Got a granite habit? Why not join us for a day of bouldering at Mt Beckworth, where perfect rock hosts problems great and small, simple and dastardly, traditional and new school. Mt Beckworth is a picturesque granite outcrop just west of Ballarat, about two hours drive from Melbourne. The Granite is fine grained and skin friendly, and well be tackling problems ranging from V0 V7.   Ben Wright and Evan Campbell are the Trip Leaders for this bouldering extravaganza. Please contact Ben prior to secure your place. Ben will also provide you more information and the meeting place and time.             The trip is open to all levels, but positions are limited. Please indicate your experience level when you contact Ben. The levels are listed below: Beginner: Have climbing experience, but have never bouldered outdoors before. Intermediate: Have bouldered outside before, and feel confident spotting. Expert: Have bouldered outside extensively, and feel confident spotting, identifying fall zones and placing pads. You will need a helmet you cannot climb without one. Were happy for you to share a helmet with a friend, but please organise this beforehand. You do not need to wear a helmet while spotting. You dont need your own mats, but if you do have mats please bring them; the more the merrier. If you want more info about Mt Beckworth you can checkout the online guide at theCrag. Hope to see you there.   [ More ]

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