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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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Flake Crack Hugh Walker reaching for the jug at the end of the crux on flake crack (18) a BGR at Mount Piddington, Blue Mountains. Photographer: Andrew Crow

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11/02/2016-4:30p:00pm - Twilight Camels Hump at Mt Macedon
Location: Camels Hump, Mt Macedon
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: Why not take advantage of the long summer days, daylight savings and climb in the evening and the coolness of Camels Hump? The plan is to start in the late afternoon and climb until dark at Melbourne's premier summer crag. We will be climbing routes on both the Lower Cliff and up on the Omega Block at Camels Hump. It is quite a user friendly crag in terms of the area at the base of the climbs and the ability to set up top-ropes on some, or most of the climbs. If you intend to lead, bring along a few bolt plates as some of the routes still have some carrots for protection. While the Omega Block is home to plenty of harder sport routes, the Lower Cliff has a range of intermediate climbs. If you are interested in joining the VCC on this trip, please contact the Trip Leader, Michael O'Reilly, to secure your place. Beginner numbers may be limited. [ More ]
14/02/2016Girls Trip Camels Hump
Location: Camels Hump
Leader: Nha Nguyen
Details: Yep! Quite simply this is a trip for us girls, sorry boys. We are heading to Camels Hump to smash some climbs together and share some climbing thoughts and ideas. We will take advantage of the altitude at Camels Hump during the warmer months and enjoy that breeze that seems to prevail through the tree tops. Sport, trad, whatever takes your fancy. All abilities are welcome but there will be limited places for beginners. [ More ]
27/02/2016-4:30pmFree Outdoor Concert by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO)
Location: Sydney Myer Music Bowl
Leader: Wei Chen
Details: Its MSO and its free, what more do I need to say?! Bring a picnic blanket (or a camping mat if thats more of your style), wine, cheese, ham, BBQ chicken and/or whatever you fancy, and enjoy The Tang of the Tango a Spanish-South American program brought to you by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra that includes tangos by Astor Piazzolla, a Concerto for two guitars by Joaquin Rodrigo, and works by Ginastera, Falla and Gershwin (I dont know whom they are either, but I am sure they are good). If you are new to town, this is the BEST outdoor event in Melbourne (apart from other wonderful events)! If you have been here for a while or your whole life but always missed out, this is your chance to enjoy it with fellow climbers and discuss what climbing and music have in common - I am sure there are some, just havent quite figured out what they are yet. Gates open at 4:30pm and concert starts at 7:30pm. It runs for about 2 hours and includes a 20 minute interval. Entry is on a first in, best dressed basis, and it does get full so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Bring as many friends/climbing buddies/housemates/family/relatives/in laws as you like. And dont worry, I will not ask you for your emergency contact details or sign for a helmet. Bear in mind that the following items are not permitted in the venue: Chair or table more than 20cm off the ground, glass drinking glasses, long bladed kitchen knives, Eskys see website for full details. http://www.mso.com.au/whats-on/2016-season/2016-sidney-myer-free-concerts/   [ More ]
28/02/2016You Yangs Classics - North West Outcrop
Location: You Yangs
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: TRIP FULL The North Western Outcrop is host to a number of the You Yangs classics that will require a range of technical abilities. The easier grades are old school off widths, the mid grades are intimidating crack lines and the higher grades are intense face climbs. Does this sound exciting? then you are clearly mad and this will bea great trip for you. The trip is not suitable for beginners and it is advised that you can climb at around grade 18-20 or harder. For the harder lines (21+) that may have poor protection we may place a few top ropes. The trip is capped at 8 people given that this is a relatively small crag. [ More ]
12/03/2016
to 14/03/2016
Return to 'Dreamtime' (aka Sport Climbing 303)
Location: Dreamtime, Serra Range, Grampians
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: Dreamtime provides a really different climbing experience to that found in other parts of the Grampians and Mt Arapiles. ?There are numerous easy and mid-grade sport routes, as well as some harder ones. Dreamtime also has some of the longest sport routes in Victoria. The climbing itself is varied, from blocky walls to stunning artes. Dreamtime holds are often facing the "wrong way", leading to engaging climbing and quite thoughtful cruxes. As with the Sports 101 and 202 trips last year, the focus will be on leading, not seconding. This trip is about taking the next step and pushing your leading on sport routes.?In the terms of VCC Club Trips, you need to be an Advanced Climber. This long weekend trip will provide ample time for you to "work" a more challenging route and then hopefully "tick it" on the trip. We will be "bush camping" near the crag. BYO water and shovel. The Trip Leaders, Michael O'Reilly and Ross Timms, will be joined by Josef Goding, the main developer of the crag. Josef will act as our personal guide to Dreamtime. Numbers on this trip will be limited, so contact Michael O'Reilly early to secure your place. [ More ]

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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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