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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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Flat Tack Kai Seth Robertson (still 11) at The Watchtower, Grampians. Cruising around and clipping a few bolts on Flat Tack (16). Photographer: Karl Bromelow

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1/9 To Sunday, September 30, 2018 TODAY !! Chockstone Photography Exhibition
For the month of September some of Michael's amazing landscape photography will be exhibited in the Bendigo Bank Central building, Bath Lane, Bendigo. There will be range of images on display, including three large framed prints and a dozen or more mounted and matted. The work, show casing our beautiful Australian mountains, coastland and countryside, will all be hand titled and signed by the photographer and available for sale after the exhibition period ... [ More ]
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Learn2Lead Course #3: NEW DATES
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The third Learn2Lead Course for 2018 has been rescheduled. The course will now run at Mt Arapiles/Djurite at the end of September. It will run from Tuesday 25th - Sunday 30th September, 2018. There are only two places remaining to be filled. 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 ]
27/09/2018-7:00p:30pm - VCC Club Nights @ Gravity Worx (September)
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 13th and 27th September. 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 [ More ]
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Climbing with Kids Gariwerd (TRIP FULL)
Location: Grampians
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: This trip is now full. Please contact Ollie if you'd like to be on the Waiting List. Join VCC & WVCC in an enjoyable weekend of family climbing in the Grampians. Is there a better way to spend the Grand Final Long Weekend than climbing with kids? Bush camping on a private farm in the Southern Grampians and climbing in the Central Grampians, we will visit a progression of crags for younger children, as well as more challenging sites for older teens and parents to enjoy. Both trip leaders have experience with progressing kids climbing and are keen to assist parents in finding and enjoying a variety of sites well suited to family climbing. Climbing will be top roping with several sites set up for families to visit. Your own climbing equipment will need to be provided. The minimum gear required is an approved rockclimbing helmet (not a bike other helmet), harness, sling and a locking carabiner. Climbing shoes are not essential for younger climbers; firm fitting sand shoes are fine. We will have some children's climbing helmets to share, so this requirement can be met more easily. As the numbers of participants on this trip are limited, you must contact one of the trip leaders to secure your place(s). Priority will be given to VCC and WVCC members. For more information contact the Trip Leaders: Ollie Sherlock - VCC Email: Phone: 0409 155 106 Adam Merrick - VCC and WVCC Email: Phone: 0458 965 333 Photos provided by the Trip Leaders. [ More ]
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End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - September
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Peter Upton
Details: Spring time means flowering wattles, warmer weather and still great friction what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin September? 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 in The Northern Group. 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, Peter Upton,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 Peter Upton and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
07/10/2018Cathedral Range Adventure Climbing North Jawbone
Location: Cathedral Range State Park
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: North Jawbone provides excellent climbing on high quality, chocolate coloured sandstone. Enjoy the excellent views and the long slabs on the first VCC rock climbing trip to the Cathedrals this season. It's time to polish up your footwork and to get slabbing. Climbing in the Cathedrals can be quite an adventure, with the crags often being remote and access requiring walks through rugged terrain. However, there are many little gems that await those willing to make the effort. The North Jawbone Crag overlooks the Cathedral Valley on the Eastern side of the Cathedral Range. Despite its steep appearance, North Jawbone is a reclining slab of about 60 degrees. Many of its climbs are multi-pitch and over 100m long on quality chocolate sandstone. There are approximately 53 documented routes at the crag and they range in grade from 3 to 23. Some popular two and three star routes include: Speigals Overhang 130m (10), Junglescope 140m (13), Fruit Hustler 40m (17) and The Mice Were Furious 130m (17). The trip is targeted at Advanced Climbers, with alimited number of spots available for Intermediate Climbers.Trip numbers will be capped at twelve, so make sure you get in early to secure a spot. Contact the Trip Leader, Ollie Sherlock, to secure your place. Photos: Trip Leader Ollie Sherlock and delicate footwork. (Michael O'Reilly Collection) [ More ]

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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.

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