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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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21/04/2018Camels Hump, Mt Macedon
Location: Camels Hump, Mount Macedon
Leader: Peter Upton
Details: Why not take advantage of the last of the 'Camels Hump Season' and the stable weather and join us at Camels Hump for a Saturday day trip? Camels Hump 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 of the climbs. The crag has a range of climbs suitable for most abilities and experience. If you are interested in joining the VCC on this trip, please contact the Trip Leader, Peter Upton, to secure your place and to find out more details. Beginner numbers will be limited.   Photos: Trip Leader Peter Upton and Jayden's trad rack in action on Grey Arte. [ More ]
26/04/2018-7:00p:30pm - VCC Club Nights @ Gravity Worx (April)
Location: Gravity Worx Indoor Climbing Gym
Leader: Mark Rippingale
Details: The VCC are holding regular Club Nights at Gravity Worx Indoor Climbing Gym. For 2018 these will be held fortnightly on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. In April we will be climbing on Thursday the 12th April and 26nd April. These Club Nights are relaxed and informal. The idea is that you can come along without a climbing partner and join in with other VCC members. It gives you the opportunity to meet other VCC members and find regular climbing partners. Or you could climb without a partner using one of the 16 auto-belays available. Perfect for those wanting to do some endurance training. Continuous climbing on these tall walls will certainly do the trick. Gravity Worx sets new routes very regularly, so it is an excellent venue for training your onsighting skills too. Mark Rippingale will be the official 'Trip Leader' on these VCC Nights. So find Mark when you arrive and have signed in. There is no need to contact Mark prior to these nights - just turn up ready to climb. For these VCC Nights, the cost of entry for VCC members is $15, plus gear if needed. This is a heavily discounted entry for VCC members. Beginners are most welcome. Photos: Trip Leader Mark Rippingale Michael O'Reilly using some fancy footwork on a Green 25 at Gravity Worx last year. Gravity Worx Climbing Gym: Phone:03 9350 1789 [ More ]
to 29/04/2018
End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - April
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Josh Davies
Details: Autumnal weather and great friction what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin late April? Come along andcruise upthe nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Or climb something new. Climb in the shade or in the sun depending on the temperature. Maybe try some long multi-pitches given the Autumn conditions. We will be camping in The Pines, close to the action. There is no better rock to fondle than the hard quartzite of Arapiles, so contact your Trip Leader, Josh Davies,to register your interest. This trip is intended for all levels of climbers, however Beginner spaces will be limited by the number of experienced leaders who come along. It is recommended that Beginners contact the Trip Leader as soon as possible. All intending participants must contact the trip leader prior to the trip. Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear and hopefully we'll see you there.   Photos: Trip Leader Josh Davies and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
05/05/2018-9:00amCliffCare Working Bee - Central Gully, Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Tracey Skinner
Details: WOD, brought to you by Cliffcare. None of the other Workouts of the Day give you warm fuzzy feelings, or brownies for that matter. Rock up, haul a rock or two, feel pumped, eat a brownie, go climb. Or sleep. Whatever. Let's do this people! (said in a deep, yelly and authoritative voice. But still a friendly voice:-) If you want that brownie, and you really do, please contact Tracey and let her know that you'll be there to help out. Or just turn up on the day. Cliffcare and Central Gully say thanks!   See the Cliffcare Facebook post here: [ More ]
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Van Diemen's Land - Grampians
Location: Northern Grampians
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: Warm up with a good walk, and perhaps even a stop off at Tribute Wall, and then go crush something hard at the true birth place of sport climbing in the Grampians, Van Diemen's Land.   To quote the climbing guide book: pockets, flakes, cracks, crimps and giant huecos and slopes all combine to create a varietal theme park for the sport climber.   You will need to be able to at least project Grade 22s. VD land involves very steep climbing and is not generally suitable for top-roping or seconding.   Warm up, climb hard and then recap the day with wine or beer in hand back at camp. On the Sunday we may head to a more accessible crag so that its easy to head back home. If you are interested in joining the VCC on this trip, please contact the Trip Leader, Hywel Rowlands, to secure your place and to find out more details.   Photos: Jill Gara leading the classic pumper Sisters of Mercy** (23) on Pocketed Wall at VD Land Trip Leader Hywel Rowlands styling up a technical arte. Steve Chapman leading the stunning Velvet Goldmine** (27) at VD Land.   [ More ]

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 Logan Barber does Aussie new hardest trad crack.
Australian climber Logan Barber has established the hardest pure crack climb in Australia, Japanese Deep Freeze (31/5.13d), at Mt. Buffalo, Victoria.

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