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AUC Rockclimbing 2004 - July 10th/11th

4:31:47 PM
Just to let all you university climbers out there know that the Australian University Championships Rockclimbing is being held down in Melbourne this year, hosted by La Trobe University. The comp will be on the weekend of 10th - 11th July, which is one of the weekends that almost all Uni's have in common for holidays - so it's a good excuse to come down and climb at Arapiles (or the Grampians ... or even that must-visit granite super-crag, the You Yangs).

On Saturday 10th July, there will be an onsight technical climbing competition held at the Cliffhanger climbing gym in Altona. And on Sunday, there'll be a pump-fest style bouldering competition at Vic Ranges gym in Flemington - yes, for the first time in years you'll actually have the chance to compete in AUC bouldering - hoorah!

The official circular (with more info about how to enter, and how the divisions and everything else work) can be found on the unisport page here:

It will be heaps of fun, there'll be prizes, and socialising, and climbing, and a free set of steak knives!! What more could you want? If you have any questions you can contact either me ( or Megan (

--- Alex Cohen
--- La Trobe University Mountaineering Club

4:36:11 PM
do you have to be a member of a uni club to compete or just be going to uni?

4:38:57 PM
You just need to be enrolled as a student at a university. Talk to your sports union about entry. (most universities will cover entry cost and subsidise transport etc to AUC events).

4:43:29 PM
This is my last semester. Can I compete?

4:46:36 PM
Probably, my last uni semester as a student was the first half of last year and I was just able to compete in the AUC which was in the middle that year. I believe you are usually able to compete in AUC events up until August.
Heres the Eligibility Rules(pdf).
5:11:14 PM
any idea of the standdards of the beginner, intermediate, open, catergories?

5:19:37 PM
From memory, for the climbing it's something like:
Beginner Female: up to 16
Beginner Male: up to 18
Intermediate Female: 17 - 21
Intermediate Male: 19 - 23
Advanced Female: 22+
Advanced Male: 24+

5:21:38 PM
hey joe, me thinks you be beginner??? You've never climbed before have you?
5:33:10 PM
Hey Megan,
just checked out your website. Very cool. Your little musings diary is very clever and funny...keep up the good work
6:01:51 PM
Hey Joe,

You don't have to be part of a club, just a current student. Your uni will probably have a set process for participating in an AUC event.

I seem to recall that you were an RMIT student - am I remembering correctly? Two years ago I took a team up to Newcastle when the AUc event was on up there. We had a great time. I am interested in liasing with sport and rec again to set up a team for this event. In fact I might drop in tomorrow morning. The outdoors club will probably have lots of interested people also. Email me know if you are interested.


11:48:09 PM
i'm sure all the melbourne clubs will be queueing up to take the 'granite' away from those undeserving N.S.Welshmen ;)

(the granite is the name of the trophy for the winning uni)
5:28:54 AM
hey gerrard, whatever stories happened in newcastle stay in newcastle :)
--donīt you still owe me money from that trip :)

well, enjoy the comp, wish i was able to be there.
10:29:37 AM
Hi Ben,

What stories? You mean playing top gun while you climbed your way into thrid place? Or do you mean the road trip with the infamous 'blame hour' and 'praise hour'? Ah, memories!

How is Mexico these days? Say hi to Rosea from me.

As for the money, if we could work out the amount then I am happy to give it to you.

Keep well,
12:40:33 PM
What are the conditions at Araps like in July? Is it stupidly cold?

UNSW will be there, btw...

12:45:11 PM
short days, cold wet and disgusting (it is like that at the moment and it won't get better for months).
12:50:31 PM
Hmm, sounds inviting! Anywhere else near Melbourne that would be good for a day trip/overnight trip with a bunch of climbers with various experience levels?

12:54:39 PM
Hey, it's not always that bad at Araps in Winter! I've had a few really nice Winter trips there - sunny days, no wind, and just cool enough that the rock was nice to climb on, without being so cold that you had trouble making your hands do anything. And there's hardly anyone else there, so you can always get on the climbs you want. You can be unlucky with the weather though, and the days _are_ too short :(

1:06:19 PM
Thats right Meags! We had a great winter trip there last lear. It is fairly rare that it rains all day and you cant get a climb in, usuallly rain comes in the form of passing showers, and allows time for single pitch etc. But it is still usually clear, and less windy than in summer.

Lets go eat some pie (megan will understand)
12:18:06 AM
dont worry about that money, spend it on borak...

mexico is good, i will email you. (does the rmit one still work?)

10:14:57 AM
*bump* :)

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