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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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25/10/2018-7:00p:30pm - VCC Club Nights @ Gravity Worx (October)
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. We will be climbing on Thursday the 11th and 25th October. 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 http://www.gravityworx.com.au/ [ More ]
27/10/2018
to 28/10/2018
End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - October
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Amber Blodgett
Details: Spring time means flowering wattles, warmer weather and still great friction what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin October? Spring at Arapiles can provide some stunning climbing. Enjoy the sun on the Watchtower slabs, Pharos or on the sunny side of Mitre Rock. Get up (reasonably) early and catch the warming rays on the nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Maybe explore some new areas. You might even need to find some shade! 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, Amber Blodgett,to register your interest. These EOM@Araps/Djurite trips are 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 Amber Blodgett and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
17/11/2018
to 18/11/2018
EmuRock/Hollywood Bowl
Location: Victoria Range, Grampians
Leader: Rhys Boyar
Details: Ever wanted to climb Eureka Wall but not quite there yet? Well look no further! According to the famed Joe Goding, Emu Rock is "like Eureka Wall, but with loads more jugs". This trip will visit two crags in the Victoria Range which provide great trad climbing. As Emu Rock is north facing, we will be hoping for cooler temperatures. The two cliffs combine to provide many of the Grampians long middle-grade classics. This is superb and unlikely face-climbing at its finest! We will be camping at Buandik Campground, which has Parks Victoria camping fees. This trip is for intermediate and advanced climbers comfortable in the 14-17 grade range. Check out the Guides on theCrag for more details. Emu Rock - https://www.thecrag.com/climbing/australia/grampians/emu-rock Hollywood Bowl - https://www.thecrag.com/climbing/australia/grampians/hollywood-bowl Please contact the Trip Leader, Rhys Boyar, prior to the trip to find out more information about this trip. In the event of temperatures too hot for comfort at Emu Rock, climbing at other crags will be possible. Photos: Trip Leader Rhys Boyar and Emu Rock. (Emu Rock photo is from theCrag.)   [ More ]
27/11/2018
to 02/12/2018
Learn2Lead Course - FINAL 2018 Course
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The final Learn2Lead Course for 2018 has been organised to run at Mt Arapiles/Djurite, starting at the end of November. It will run from Tuesday 27th November until Sunday 2nd December, 2018. The VCC offers this course exclusively to members. Take the next step. Learn to lead climb using natural protection, have fun and get home safely: Exclusive to VCC members 6 days qualified instruction All equipment, including trad gear, provided Only 4 participants are on the course.   What you will learn: Lead climbing using natural protection Setting up belay stations and descending from the cliff Multi-pitch considerations Protecting the second. Course pre-requisites: You should be able to safely belay and second a lead climber outdoors You must be a currentVCC member. Total cost: $695 per person, including GST. Note: Parks Victoria Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles ($5:30 per person per night), Food and Transport are not included in this price. The course is organised by the VCC, and is run over 6 consecutive days by a qualified private provider. Contact Michael OReilly, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, as soon as possible to secure your place. There are only 4 places available on any Learn2Lead Course. Your place on the course will only be confirmed upon payment of a non-refundable and non-transferrable $195 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least4 weeks prior to the start of the course.     Photos: Michael's trad rack and a hex placement.           [ More ]
08/12/2018
to 09/12/2018
The Dials, Grampians
Location: The Dials, Off Redmans Rd, South-East Grampians
Leader: Rhys Boyar
Details: Located in the South-East Grampians, just south of Lake Bellfield, The Dials is the collective group of cliffs on the Seven Dials Track. Located more than 50m from the car, these crags receive little attention from today's climbers. Let's bring back the adventure! But don't worry, the walk-in isn't that far. Redmans Rd is open now, so the walk-in is only along the Seven Dials Track. Developed in the 70s & 80s, the Seven Dials Area boasts over 250 trad climbs, with the First, Second & Fourth Dials sharing over 150 of them, with heaps of quality climbs in the mid-grade range. Check out the extensive range of climbing available on theCrag: https://www.thecrag.com/climbing/australia/grampians/seven-dials-area This trip is for intermediate and advanced climbers. It is essential that you contact the Trip Leader, Rhys Boyar, prior to the trip for more details.   [ More ]

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 Logan Barber does Aussie new hardest trad crack.
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