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Where to buy climbing gear?
10:10:18 PM
Hi all,

I am moving back to Australia after a few years in Europe. I'm trying to decide whether its cheaper to buy gear (mainly rope and quickdraws) in the UK before I leave, or wait until I get back. Can anyone point me in the direction of where the best places around the Melbourne/Ballarat/Bendigo areas are to buy climbing gear?

Thanks in advance for any help!

6:43:27 AM
In Melbourne, if I want to eyeball the item or try it on, I go to Bogong Equipment in Little Bourke St. Alternatively, if it's something Bogong can't get and I'm comfortable buying it online, then Rock Hardware in Bendigo ( is my fallback. Both have excellent service and product knowledge.
10:09:34 AM
In Bendigo definitely Steve and John Morris at Rock Hardware, they have been my go to shop for about 15 years now.

11:01:51 AM
I also like Bogong in Melbourne and there are a few other stores in that same street.
For your research on prices, as well as Rock Hardware, have a look at Climbing Anchors (Sydney). I have made at least one online purchased from them and had no issues.

11:17:36 AM
Rock hardware. I have no affiliation with them whatsoever, but Steve is awesome on the customer service side and customer loyalty / reward. It's a no brainer ...

5:17:27 AM
I second (third or fourth) Rock Hardware as being the bees knees. I have used Steve a few times and he (along with the rest of the employees) are more than happy to discuss solutions and even offered training for a particular need that I had once. I will definitely be going back when I need to upgrade and recommend that everyone at least consider shopping there.

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