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
|End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - March|
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Dave Scarlett
Details: Mt Arapilesin autumn? Arapiles in late March provides the very best of Arapiles climbing. Enjoy the cooler temperatures and improved friction. If it's still hot, then the shady gullies or the routes on the right side of Central Gully are there to be enjoyed. Get up (reasonably) early and enjoy the early sun's rays on the nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Maybe explore some new areas. The famous walls and prominent buttresses of Arapiles really come into their own at this time of the year.
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, Dave Scarlett, 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: Dave Scarlett and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
|EOI: Extended trip to Moonarie OR the Blue Mountains|
Location: Moonari OR the Blue Mountains
Leader: Rhys Boyar
Expressions of interest are called for an extended climbing trip to either Moonarie (South Australia) or The Blue Mountains (New South Wales).
Come along for the whole time, or part of it. The trip is planned from the 13th April until the 22nd April. These dates include the Easter break.
If you are interested please get in contact with the Trip Leader, Rhys Boyar, and let him know your preferred crag and available dates. Majority or consensus rules!
Photos: Trip Leader Rhys Boyar and Moonarie (from theCrag.com) [ More ]
|Learn2Lead Course - April 2019|
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
The second Learn2Lead Course for 2019 has been organised to run at Mt Arapiles/Djurite in April. It will run from Saturday 13th April until Thursday 18th April, 2019. This is in the Victorian School Holidays and just before Easter.
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.
[ More ]
|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 ]
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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