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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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Little Red Riding Hood Carrie near the top of Little Red Riding Hood, Point Perpendicular, NSW. Photographer: John Drake

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14/05/2016
to 15/05/2016
Summerday Valley Weekend Escape with Cheese and Wine - TRIP FULL
Location: Summerday Valley, Grampians and Mt Zero Log Cabins
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: THIS TRIP IS NOWFULL. Contact Ollie to place your name on the waiting list. Summerday Valley is a popular climbing area of the Grampians providing a range of single pitch Beginner and Intermediate grade climbs which are protected using Trad gear. Most of the area is now open to the public after the fires, so we will have a range of areas to climb including Back Wall and Wall of Fools. Not only is the Grampians a world class climbing area, it is also home to one of Australias most historical and acclaimed wine regions. Since when in Rome, one must do as the Romans do, we have organised this trip to bring you the best of both worlds Climbing and Wine. Some experts even believe that the antioxidants in wine help you to live longer and climb harder! To enjoy the best of both the wine and the cheese, we will be staying at the Mt Zero Log Cabins. Leave some room after dinner, bring some cheese and wine and join us for a Saturday night social gathering. There is no better way to relax after a full day of climbing than to chill out by the campfire with some well earned cheese and wine. Accommodation: Mt Zero Lodge - $27 per person per night for a 6 person share cabin. The Trip Leaders for this climbing and social extravaganza are Ollie Sherlock and Helen McFadzean. Please contact Ollie prior to the trip to secure your place. Full payment for the accommodation will be required to secure your place on this trip. Places on this trip are limited. Beginner places may also be limited. [ More ]
21/05/2016-9:30amVCC Crackers 1 - Werribee Gorge
Location: Werribee Gorge
Leader: Nha Ngyuen
Details: This is a day trip to Werribee Gorge with a focus on crack climbing. Learning to crack climb can open up a whole new world of inspiring climbing linesthat will take you up some of the best rock in the world. Not only that, a nice hand jam on a climb can give you a well-earned rest whilst others flounder and get pumped. The VCC has brought you a crack climbing series where you can learn to crack climb, fine tune your skills or jam like a pro and share some tips with others. Our proposed events are as follows: - VCC Crackers Movie Night - Wide Boyz - 14 April - Helen McFadzean - VCC Crackers 1 - Werribee Gorge - 21 May - Nha Ngyuen - VCC Crackers 2 - Black Ians - 27-29 May - Ben Wright - VCC Crackers 3 - Dog Rocks - 4 June - Hywel Rowlands - VCC Crackers 4 - Arapiles - 11-13 June - Josh Bassett - VCC Crackers 5 - Frog Buttress (Queensland) - 1-10 July - Hywel Rowlands All trips will focus on climbing crack lines, however advanced climbers are welcome to join any trip and climb what they please. All levels of crack climbing experience welcome from novice to the well-versed. It is recommended that crack climbing novices are able to climb grade 17 outdoors or greater although you may not necessarily lead at this grade. [ More ]
27/05/2016
to 29/05/2016
VCC Crackers 2 - Black Ians - TRIP FULL - WAITLIST OPEN
Location: Black Ians
Leader: Ben Wright
Details: This is atrip to Black Ians with a focus on crack climbing. Learning to crack climb can open up a whole new world of inspiring climbing linesthat will take you up some of the best rock in the world. Not only that, a nice hand jam on a climb can give you a well-earned rest whilst others flounder and get pumped. The VCC has brought you a crack climbing series where you can learn to crack climb, fine tune your skills or jam like a pro and share some tips with others. Our proposed events are as follows: - VCC Crackers Movie Night - Wide Boyz -14 April- Helen McFadzean - VCC Crackers 1 - Werribee Gorge - 21 May - Nha Ngyuen - VCC Crackers 2 - Black Ians - 27-29 May - Ben Wright - VCC Crackers 3 -Dog Rocks- 4 June - Hywel Rowlands - VCC Crackers 4 - Arapiles - 11-13 June - Josh Bassett - VCC Crackers 5 - Frog Buttress (Queensland) - 1-10 July - Hywel Rowlands All trips will focus on climbing crack lines, however advanced climbers are welcome to join any trip and climb what they please. All levels of crack climbing experience welcome from novice to the well-versed. It is recommended that crack climbing novices are able to climb grade 17 outdoors or greater although you may not necessarily lead at this grade. [ More ]
04/06/2016-10:00amVCC Crackers 3 - Dog Rocks - Mount Alexander
Location: Mount Alexander Nr Castlemaine
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: This is a Saturday trip to Mount Alexander. Dog Rocks has a good selection of crack climbs.For those who may be interested in staying the night and exploring the area the next day, Parks Victoria permit dispersed walk in camping throughout the park. Learning to crack climb can open up a whole new world of inspiring climbing linesthat will take you up some of the best rock in the world.The VCC has brought you a crack climbing series where you can learn to crack climb, fine tune your skills or jam like a pro and share some tips with others. Our proposed events are as follows: - VCC Crackers Movie Night - Wide Boyz - 14 April @ Loop - Helen McFadzean - VCC Crackers 1 - Werribee Gorge - 21 May - Nha Ngyuen - VCC Crackers 2 - Black Ians - 27-29 May - Ben Wright - VCC Crackers 3 - Dog Rocks- 4 June - Hywel Rowlands - VCC Crackers 4 - Arapiles - 11-13 June - Josh Bassett - VCC Crackers 5 - Frog Buttress (Queensland) - 1-10 July - Hywel Rowlands All trips will focus on climbing crack lines, however advanced climbers are welcome to join any trip and climb what they please. All levels of crack climbing experience welcome from novice to the well-versed. [ More ]
11/06/2016
to 13/06/2016
VCC Crackers 4 - Arapiles
Location: Arapiles
Leader: Josh Bassett
Details: This is a long weekend at Arapiles with a focus on crack climbing. The trip is suitable for those who can crack climb or have learnt to crack climb on one of the VCC Crackers trips. Learning to crack climb can open up a whole new world of inspiring climbing lines including some outstanding lines at Arapiles. Our crack climbingevents are as follows: - VCC Crackers Movie Night - Wide Boyz - 14 April - Helen McFadzean - VCC Crackers 1 - Werribee Gorge - 21 May - Nha Ngyuen - VCC Crackers 2 - Black Ians - 27-29 May - Ben Wright - VCC Crackers 3 - Dog Rocks - 4 June - Hywel Rowlands - VCC Crackers 4 - Arapiles - 11-13 June - Josh Bassett - VCC Crackers 5 - Frog Buttress (Queensland) - 1-10 July - Hywel Rowlands All trips will focus on crack climbinglines, however advanced climbers are welcome to join any trip and climb what they please.This trip will not be suitable for beginners. [ 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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