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Rock Climbing In Victoria, Australia.
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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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Nindja Mei-ying Liew finishing the last moves of Nindja (*15), Peking Face, Eastern Wall Grampians while Michael O'Reilly belays Jill Gara on The Killing Fields (**17). See Also: Photo 2 Photographer: Steve Toal

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to 19/04/2020
Moonarie@Easter CANCELLED
Location: Moonari, Flinders Ranges
Leader: Rhys Boyar
Details: All VCC club trips and events have been cancelled. Please see the post on the News page of the VCC website for more information. The VCC are off to Moonarie this Easter for an extended climbing trip. Moonarie provides great 'adventure climbing' in the Flinders Ranges, in South Australia. And Easter is prime climbing season at Moonarie. The trip is planned from the 10th April until the 19th April. These dates include the Easter break (Good Friday is 10th April). You can join the trip for the whole time, or part of the time, depending on your availability. This trip is only suitable for experienced Advanced climbers. Use the Find Your Level link below to check your suitability. In short, this means that you must be an experienced lead climber and you need to be confident using trad gear. Either way, you will need to discuss your experience and skills with Rhys prior to being accepted onto the trip. If you are interested in this extended trip, please get in contact with the Trip Leader, Rhys Boyar.   Photos: Trip Leader Rhys Boyar and Moonarie (from [ More ]
to 10/05/2020
An Arapiles Trip - Passive Protection Only! CANCELLED
Location: Djurite/Mount Arapiles
Leader: Peter Upton
Details:   All VCC club trips and events have been cancelled. Please see the post on the News page of the VCC website for more information. A visit to the recently opened Natimuk climbing museum got me thinking one Sunday afternoon on the long drive back to Melbourne. Our forefathers and sisters of the 70s and 80s climbed some hard climbs with some interesting gear, in the early days of sticky rubber and making somewhat dubious fashion statements: Colourful tights? Tights really? In the late 70s and 80s it was pretty simple, there was a rack of nuts, wires and hexes with a few weird shaped things that would pass as protection and would be eagerly stuffed into any available space on a climb by the leader. There were no camming devices. Camming devices, or rather 'Friends', were a recent development, were expensive and sort of rare, so most people climbed without them. There was a climbing life before camming devices. Time has moved on (significantly) and like most others a life before camming devices has long faded from memory and indeed there are some amongst us that have never known a life before camming devices. These days climbers are cam happy and if not placing at least half a dozen cams on any given climb something is not right. For most racks, larger hexes dont even make an appearance these days. I got all nostalgic and thought about a weekend of climbing without camming devices. Looking to turn the clock back a little and get back to the basics of trad climbing The trip is open to ADVANCED climbers only. Climbers will be asked to check in their camming devices on arrival to the Pines (or leave them at home) and no form of spring-loaded camming device will be allowed on your rack. If you feel the need to wear colourful tights and Dunlop volleys, thats up to you, but not mandatory. All intending participants must contact the trip leader prior to the trip. Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear, without cams, and hopefully we'll see you there.   [ More ]
16/05/2020Bouldering@Mt Beckworth CANCELLED
Location: Mount Beckworth
Leader: Phil Neville
Details: All VCC club trips and events have been cancelled. Please see the post on the News page of the VCC website for more information. Boulder curious? Feeling uncomfortably tethered? Got a granite habit? Enjoyed bouldering at a bouldering gym? Can't tie knots? Haven't got a belayer? 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.   Phil Neville is the Trip Leader for this bouldering extravaganza. Please contact Phil prior to secure your place. Phil 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 Phil. 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, but it can be useful. You dont need your own mats, but if you do have mats please bring them; the more the merrier. Mats can also be hired. For example, Northside Boulders in Brunswick has bouldering mats for hire. 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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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 New Moonarie Guidebook
Rob Baker and Josef Goding are stoked to announce the 2019 edition of the Moonarie - a rock climber's guide. See:

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