Rock Climbing In Victoria, Australia.
In association with Chockstone Photography
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.
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.
Kai Seth Robertson (still 11) at The Watchtower, Grampians. Cruising around and clipping a few bolts on Flat Tack (16). Photographer: Karl Bromelow
|EOM @ Araps/Djurite (November)|
Location: Mount Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Paula Toal
Details: Warmer weather, wild flowers and still good friction what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin late Spring?
Come along andcruise upthe nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes or Central Gully Left in the sun. Or climb something new? Or head up into Central Gully right-hand side for some all day shade if the sun becomes too much!.
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 Leaders, Paula and Steve Toal,to register your interest.
This trip is suitable for all abilities, however there will be limited spaces for beginners.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.
Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear and hopefully we'll see you there.
As Saturday 24th November is the Victorian State Election, remember to make sure that you vote! Options include Pre-Poll, Postal and Absentee Voting.
Photos: Trip Leaders Paula and Steve Toal; and The Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
|Learn2Lead Course - FINAL 2018 Course|
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
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
Protecting the second.
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.
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|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:
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.
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|Winter Camp 2019 - Mt Feathertop|
Location: Mt Feathertop
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: This year Game of Thrones will be back and we'll be back at Mt Feathertop. Together with the New Zealand Alpine Club we'll rock the Backcountry Event you really don't want to miss!
Youve done some rock-climbing and want to step it up? Youre thinking about doing a Technical Mountaineering Course? You want to climb the Himalayas? You're a seasoned mountaineer and just want to enjoy a great weekend in the snow? This is EXACTLY the right trip for you.
Hopefully you can join us hiking up Bungalow Spur, or across the Razorback (whatever ticks your fancy), and meet at Federation Hut for a fluffy snow camp. There you have the choice between:
Just enjoying winter wonderland and cooking some snow OR
Joining the mountaineers and practising self-arrest, building a Swiss pulley system and doing other weird things. For this option youll need an ice-axe, crampons and a climbing helmet at a bare minimum.
If you havent attended a previous VCC Mountaineering trip or Winter Camp, there will be a mandatory mid-week briefing in Melbourne prior to the trip.
This trip is suitable for all levels of experience, with limited spaces for beginners. The trip leaders - Anna, Matt, Petey and Philipp - have done all kinds of crazy stuff and some of them are also Alpine SAR Victoria members. You will be in safe hands.
If you're new to snow-camping, please get in touch with us. There are a lot of things to consider which we will address at the briefing, however it doesn't hurt to get a heads-up on the gear requirements.
More details regarding theMountaineering Season 2019 will be released once were done with the planning. Feel free to email us any questions in the meantime
Winter is coming.
DAH DA DUH DA DAH DUH DA DA DA (dadadadadadadadadadadadaada)
To secure your place self-register via this web-form:
Anna, Matt, Petey and Philipp [ More ]
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.
The short, power-endurance line, which has remained an open project since the 1990s, involves
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