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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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27-8 Housesitting in Natimuk
27-8 Henry Barber Tips Splitter: “Fish Crack” (5.12b)
27-8 TR: The Obsidian Depression (Bare Rock Projecting)
27-8 Coarse and Buggy Fall
27-8 New Zealand Road Trip
27-8 Window cleaner accident - Apple store sydney
27-8 Chris Sharma in Le Blond Project
26-8 goats in the grampians  >|
26-8 Old ropes to giveaway, Vic.
26-8 Bolting at Piddo (+ easy sport climbs)  >|
26-8 Asses Ears, or Grampians cragging 27/28/29 Aug
26-8 Wolgan Bolt Story
26-8 Another Boring Straddie TR  >|
26-8 Papichulo 9a+ - Piotrek Schab
26-8 FYI Chockstoners - this weeks deletions, etc.  >|
25-8 Bellbird Wall rescue  >|
25-8 Andy Pollitt - BOOK  >|
24-8 any one up for a trip to the gramps?
24-8 Ice Conditions 2016: Buller, Blue Lake et al.  >|
24-8 FS-Small Trad Rack [SYD] [SOLD]
24-8 Scarpa Phantom 6000 for sale
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Solo: Manufactured by Schweppes Coco (aged 2) roped on "Solo: Manufactured by Schweppes" (4) at Berowra, NSW. Photographer: Marty

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to 27/11/2016
End of Month @ Arapiles
Location: Mount Arapiles - The Pines
Leader: Queries
Details: We hope you can make it? We will have anEnd of Month trip to Arapiles every month for the remainder of the year.Arapiles needs no introduction, the climbing is sublime on relatively clean and varied rock. 27-28 August - Beginners Trip - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Cameron Abraham 30Sept - 2 Oct - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Hywel Rowlands 29-30 October - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Ollie Sherlock 26-27 November - Sign Up Here - Trip Leader - Michael O'Reilly Get in early if you are a beginner, there will be limited places with the exception of the August trip. Or up skill on one of our learn to lead courses,learn morehere. [ More ]
to 11/09/2016
Dreamtime Sport Climbing
Location: Dreamtime, Serra Range, Grampians
Leader: Dave Scarlett
Details: Dreamtime provides some really good sport climbing. There are numerous easy and mid-grade sport routes, as well as some harder ones. The routes are really varied, including some of the easiest sport routes in the Grampians, to some of the longest. As with the VCCtrips last year and earlier this 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. We will be bush camping near the crag. Dave Scarlett will be the trip leader. He has been to Dreamtime several times, and knows the crag well. He even has a few projects to 'put to bed'! Numbers on this trip will be limited, so contact Dave early to secure your place. Photo: Michael O'Reilly leading 234 Duck* (18) on Prince Albert Pinnacle. [ More ]
15/09/2016-7:30pmVCC Annual General Meeting
Location: The Retreat Hotel, Carringbush Room, 226 Nicholson Street Abbotsford
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: What: The usual AGM Reports, Voting for Committee, Speeches and theGolden Hex& Corroded Cam Awards forClimbing Photography. And this year the highlight will be the BIG Raffle for the Inaugural Trip Leaders Rewards Program. Optional: Dinner and drinkies. Possibility: Apple bobbing and Chandelier swinging. Definites: Dancing on tables and tall tales. Bring along your best climbing related pics on a disc or USB stick and compete for the Golden Hexand Corroded Cam Awards. It for some reason you cant attend, send them through to Trip Leaders need to have run at least two trips prior to this AGM to gain entry into the BIGRaffle. Contact Michael O'Reilly ASAPto get your trips up and running.   [ More ]
to 25/09/2016
Learn2Lead Course #3 COURSE FULL
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The third Learn2Lead Course is now FULL. A fourth Learn2Lead Course has been advertised in late October. Please contact Michael OReilly, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, if you are interested. The third Learn2Lead Course for 2016 is being organised to take place at Mt Arapiles in September. The VCC offers this course exclusively to members. Take the next step. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely: Exclusive to VCC members 6 days qualified instruction All equipment provided A max 4 students per instructor. 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: $625 per person, including GST. The course is organised by the VCC, and is run over 6 consecutive days by a qualified private provider. Contact Michael O'Reilly, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, as soon as possible to secure your place. There are only 4 places available on this course. Your place on the course will only be confirmed upon payment of a non-refundable $125 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the course. Photo: Michael's trad rack and gear below a climb in the Grampians. [ More ]
to 09/10/2016
Location: Bundaleer, Central Grampians
Leader: Dave Scarlett
Details: Bundaleer is an old, historic cliff situated up high in the Central Grampians. It provides some really stunning and atmospheric climbing. There are many good routes in the lower grades; lower than grade 20. Usually these climbsfollow stunning lines and features which make for verymemorable experiences. Bundaleer in those grades is predominately multi-pitchtrad climbing.Be preparedto place your 'wigglies'. In the terms of VCC Club Trips, you need to be an Intermediate Climber. Places for Intermediate Climbers will be limited. Dave Scarlettis the trip leader. The total participant numbers on this trip will be limited, so even if you are an Advanced Climber, contact Dave early to secure your place. Photo: Trad rack and gear ready for Bundaleer. [ 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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