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Rock Climbing In Victoria, Australia.
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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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Dragon Lady Martin Jackson leading Dragon Lady (18), Burma Wall, Grampians. See Also: Pic 2, Pic 3. Photographer: Steve Toal

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Foggy Mountain Huts

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27/02/2021
to 28/02/2021
End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - February
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Ben Wright
Details: This trip is now FULL, but there are still some vacancies for experienced leaders. Non-leaders can contact Ben if you'd like to be added to the 'wait list'. Welcome back to our EOM@Araps/Djurite trips after our extended COVID break. A few important changes have been made to enable us to safely resume club trips. So please read the VCC COVID-19 Safety Plan and VCC Advice to Participants on Club Trips, Courses and Activities before signing up for this trip. The advice and guidelines have been published on our website: VCC COVID-19 Safety Plan and resuming club activities Victorian Climbing Club (vicclimb.org.au) Mt Arapiles at the end of summer? Arapiles in late February can provide some excellent climbing. Enjoy the cooler and shady gullies or the routes on the left side of Central Gully. Get up early and enjoy the sun's rays on the nearby classics and well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Maybe explore some new areas. All those famous walls and prominent buttresses of Arapiles have shady gullies nearby! These gullies sometimes have cool breezes emanating from the 'bowels of Araps'. But it's also the beginning of Autumn - peak climbing season. Maybe we'll get lucky and have some early autumn weather. Either way, Arapiles will be a great place to be this weekend. These EOM@Araps/Djurite trips are intended for all levels of climbers, however Beginner spaces may be limited by the number of experienced leaders who come along. It is recommended that Beginners contact the Trip Leader as soon as possible to secure their place. The trip leader for this EOM trip is Ben Wright. 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.     [ More ]
06/04/2021
to 11/04/2021
Learn2Lead Course - April 2021
Location: Djurite/Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The next VCC Learn2Lead Course has been organised to run at Mt Arapiles/Djurite from Tuesday 6th April - Sunday 11th April. There are only FOUR places on this course. These course dates overlap with the first week of the Victorian School Holidays. 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.       COVID-19 Advice A few important changes have been made to enable us to safely resume club trips and courses. So please read the VCC COVID-19 Safety PlanandVCC Advice to Participants on Club Trips, Courses and Activitiesbefore signing up for this Learn2Lead Course. The advice and guidelines have been published on our website: VCC COVID-19 Safety Plan and resuming club activities Victorian Climbing Club (vicclimb.org.au) What you will learn: Lead climbing using natural protection Setting up belay stations and descending from the cliff Multi-pitch considerations Protecting the second. Note: More details about what you will learn are listed below. Course pre-requisites: You should be able to safely belay and second a lead climber outdoors You must be a currentVCC member. Total cost: $880 per person, including GST. Note: Parks Victoria Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles (currently $2:70 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. Trad climbing gear is provided for participants without their own rack. Contact Michael OReilly, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, as soon as possible to secure your place. (Email link at the end of this post.) 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 $280 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least4 weeks prior to the start of the course. Michael can also answer any questions that you may have about the course. The following skills are explicitly covered during the course: Different equipment types, anchor types, care and basic usage (ropes, protection, bolts, pitons etc). How to place (and clean) natural protection How to appropriately and safely space the protection while leading How to avoid the zipper affect when leading How to choose the length of draw or sling to use each piece of gear How to protect the lead climber when climbing above a ledge How to protect the second (eg traverses) Setting up anchors Equalising anchors, using both cordelette or the climbing rope(s) Setting up multidirectional belay anchors on multi-pitch climbs Threading fixed anchors and abseiling after climbing Setting up top-ropes Safe descent from routes.   [ More ]

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 New Moonarie Guidebook
Rob Baker and Josef Goding are stoked to announce the 2019 edition of the Moonarie - a rock climber's guide. See: https://www.moonarie.com.



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Where to climb around Victoria, Australia. Details on featured climbs, photos, access notes, routes listed with heights & grades.
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