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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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Olaf the Happy Snowman Graeme Dick on Olaf the Happy Snowman, The Solarium, Grampians. Photographer: Alex Trnovsky

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21/11 To 22/11/2015 Buffalo Aidfest - 21 & 22 November 2015.
A gathering of aid climbing afficionados at Mt Buffalo to celebrate the North Wall experience and share camaraderie of the rope, tips and tricks.
Chockstone thread with more details as they evolve.
See Also: Find Climbers, VCC or WVCC for upcoming trips.

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10/10/2015Mountain Ash Climbing Day - Tree Hugging 3.0
Location: Yarra Ranges, VIC
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: We're getting high - naturally. Really high!
On some scouting trips we identified a couple of 60m to 70m Eucalyptus Regnans and if the weather plays along, we will spend several hours above ground to get 50m or higher. If it doesn't, we can pick smaller trees and enjoy the pubs and wineries around Healesville.

Trip pre-requisites:
- You are experienced with SRT climbing and climbed 25m trees before.
- You have the intermediate tree-climbing gear: harness, helmet, suitable footwear, several long slings, several screw gate carabiners, ascenders and a suitable descender.
- You must be a VCC member.

Suitable for experienced intermediates and advanced climbers.
Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place.
This trip is not for beginners and it has a limit of 8 climbers. [ More ]
13/10/2015Knot Night and social at the Duke of Wellington, CBD
Location: Duke of Wellington, 146 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Leader: Ben Wright
Details: Knots, bights, bends and hitches. So you have one or two knots to your repertoire? Want to know a few more? Or just dust off the cobwebs in your memory. Watch demonstrations and practice tying loops of all sorts. This is a precursor for this weekends Self-Rescue Course.

We'll be having a meal first (like we always do - we like food!). Join us if you'd like otherwise rock up for the rope work!

Meal from 6.30
Knots from 7.00 [ More ]
to 18/10/2015
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Andrew Clark
Details: Climb long enough and at one point or another getting stuck in a jam high up off the ground is inevitable: stuck ropes, a crucial piece of gear missing in action, wandering off-route into dicey terrain, or an injury that leaves a climber in need of help.
This course is designed to help you deal with these types of situations.

Prerequisites - all participants must be:
- VCC members
- lead climbers or competent seconds
- able to demonstrate competency in tying figure-of-eight bight and bend, water knot, double fisherman's and clove hitch.

The course runs over 2 days and the following techniques will be covered if time allows:
- Basics
- Emergency Procedures
- Rescue Knots such as Munter Hitch, Mule Hitch, Prusik Hitch, Autoblock, Klemheist, Bachmann, Garda and Mariner's Hitches
- Escaping the (belay) system
- Belaying off the body and belaying off the anchor
- Raising the second
- Simple assisted hoist
- Descending & ascending (abseiling & prusiking) past knots
- Raising the injured
- Second pulley systems
- Makeshift chest harness
- Assisted abseil
- Ascending to a hurt leader (anchoring, prusik, solo, rope solo).

Please contact the Trip Leader, Andrew, to register your interest. Places are limited.

to 3/11/2015
Mt Buffalo - Cup Weekend Crankfest
Location: Mt Buffalo, Mt Buffalo National Park, VIC
Leader: David Scarlett
Details: Mt Buffalo is the same distance from Melbourne as Mt Arapiles, but sees far less traffic due to the camping being much more restricted, and the plateau being covered in snow for 4 months of the year. Fortunately, we've got the camping covered with sites having been pre-booked and paid for, and we're pretty confident that it won't be snowing at this time of year.
The granite of Mt Buffalo's Gorge and its multiple peaks offer a variety of slab, crack and face climbing, in both sport and trad routes. For those who are particularly keen, there are even multi-pitch routes more than twice the height of anything to be found at Arapiles!
This is an intermediate to advanced level trip.

Limited places are available, and prepayment for camping will be required to guarantee a space.

Camping spaces are available Friday to Tuesday for a four-night long weekend, however participants are also welcome to come for shorter periods if they prefer.

It is essential that interested climbers contact David, the Trip Leader, as soon as possible, to join in this camping and climbing crankfest! Or is that a Slabfest? [ More ]
to 8/11/2015
Basic and Advanced Technical Tree Climbing
Location: City of Casey, VIC
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: Recreational tree climbing is a fairly new thing in Australia. It has been around for a while in the US and German speaking countries. However just in our back-yard are some of the biggest trees in the world. The mountain ashes in the Yarra Ranges have recorded heights of over 90m with all of the specimen still growing (if they are still alive). We're taking it easy and will be getting up a little tree.

This two-day trip is about learning basic SRT and preventing hurting yourself and the tree. On the second day we will go into basic aerial rescue practise which is the tree-version of rock-climbing self-rescue. This trip is organised in cooperation with Geocaching Melbourne who have their annual festival the next weekend.

Trip pre-requisites:
- You should be able to safely belay and abseil outdoors.
- You have the intermediate tree-climbing gear: harness, helmet, suitable footwear, several long slings, several screw gate carabiners, ascenders and cam-style descender (Petzl GriGri, RIG, I'D, Edelrid Eddy, isc D4).
- You must be a VCC member.

Suitable for beginners, experienced intermediates and advanced climbers.
Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place.
Beginner numbers may be limited and the trip has a limit of 8 climbers. [ More ]

Climbing News [ More | Add ]
16/09/2015 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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23-May-2006 Jacqui has put together a PDF guide to the new Burnley Wall in Melbourne. This is a free outdoor bouldering wall built by climbers for climbers.
17-Feb-2006 Beechworth Bouldering Guide 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.
15-Feb-2006 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.
08-Dec-2005 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.
17-Nov-2005 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.
08-Nov-2005 WIN THIS BOOK! World Climbing by Simon Carter 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.
04-Aug-2005 Bad Moon Rising Wall, Grampians.Neil 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.
17-Jul-2005 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.
27-May-2005 Jacqui takes a rest on Invisible Fist (26), Taipan Wall. 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.
18-Mar-2005 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.
01-Feb-2005 Simon Mentz Interview with Photos By Simon Carter. 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.
25-Jan-2005 Dave Jones Interview with Photos By Simon Carter. 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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