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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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The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler Goshen Watts flashing “The Horrible Hunger of the Ravenous Wattle Gobbler” (25), Kitten Wall, Arapiles. See Also: Pic 2. Photographer: Steve Toal

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13/12 To Wednesday, December 15, 2021 ACIC Top rope guide course at Arapiles
The Australian Climbing Instructors Association (ACIC) is holding a top rope guide course on Monday December 13 – Wednesday December 15. See for more details.
See Also: Find Climbers, VCC or WVCC for upcoming trips.

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to 12/12/2021
Learn2Lead Course - December
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 7th - Sunday 12th December 2021. There are only FOUR places on this course. 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. All participants need to be double vaccinated to attend this course. 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 ( 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: $1040 per person, including GST. Note: Parks Victoria Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles (currently $2:80 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. Note that all participants need to provide their own helmet and climbing boots. 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 $440 deposit. The balance of the payment needs to be made at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the course. As this particular L2L course has been advertised at short notice, participants will be expected to pay the full amount very quickly. 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. Note: Photos are of participants from previous L2L Courses climbing while on their course. Yes, some of the images are of climbing in the Grampians! [ More ]

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