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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 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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23/08/2018-7:00p:30pm - VCC Club Nights @ Gravity Worx (August)
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 9th and 23rd August. Note that Mark is unavailable during July. 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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Mountain Weekend August - VCC MTN 2
Location: Victorian High Country
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: ... snow, Snow, SNOOOOWWWW! Yes, the end of August is statistically the best time to venture out into the Australian backcountry and guess what we're doing? Yep, hitting the sugar coated hills in the High Country for another time. The outlook for the Australian climate drivers (ENSO, IOD and SAM) are all meh (= neutral) but that was also the case last year and we still got a? AF season.   Hopefully this year the good conditions allow a shorter drive and we can go into the Buller/Howitt area. Possibilities include: The Bluff North Face Mt Buller West Ridge Mt Stirling SE Face. The general schedule will be the same: Camping at the base of the mountain on Friday night >> walk, climb and play on Saturday, establish camp Saturday night >> more playtime and return to Melbourne on Sunday. This trip isonly suitable for advanced climberswhich means you own an ice-axe or preferably ice-tools, some crampons and a climbing helmet and know how to use them. On top of that you have to be a VCC member and be known to the trip leaders. Adequate skill and fitness levels are also necessary. These are firm club requirements. We kindly ask everyone who signs up to commit 100% since places are extremely limited. Trip Leaders: Matt Scattergood, Petey Mason and Philipp Hammes Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place or to get more information about mountaineering in the VCC. [ More ]
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End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - August
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Dave Scarlett
Details: Spring time means flowering wattles, warmer weather and still great friction what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin August? 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, 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: Trip Leader Dave Scarlett and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
06/09/2018-6:00pm2018 VCC Annual General Meeting and Dinner
Location: The Great Northern Hotel
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: Where and When: Dinner from 6:00pm at The Great Northern Hotel,644 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North. Annual General Meeting: Starting at 7:30pm at The Great Northern Hotel. More details are on the VCC Facebook Page. What: The usual AGM Reports, Voting for the new Committee, Speeches and the fun parts: The Golden Hex & Corroded Cam Awards for Climbing Photography Each year, all those present at the AGM vote in the VCC's annual climbing photography competition, The Golden Hex and Corroded Cam Awards, awarding titles for first place (The Golden Hex) and runner up (The Corroded Cam). Entry in the competition is open to all club members, and any climbing-related photos taken since the previous AGM (21/09/2017), whether taken on a club trip or other trip, will be accepted for entry. Each entrant may submit a maximum of six photos in the competition, so be sure to select your very best. Entries may be submitted at any time up to the day before the AGM (6/09/2018) by emailing photo attachments or links to Philipp Hammes - Alternatively, you can bring your photos to the AGM on a USB drive. The Trip Leaders Rewards Raffle This year we're also going into another round of the HUGE Raffle for the Trip Leaders Rewards Program. Basically there are a bunch of amazing prizes our generous supporters provided and this is just a little thank you to all the effort our trip leaders have put in over the past year. Cheers to you legends! Here are the rules for the VCC Trip Leaders Raffle: 1. There will be a raffle of all eligible trip leaders at each VCC AGM. To qualify they need to lead one or more trips (day or overnight) since the previous AGM. 2. Leading more trips means the trip leaders name goes in the raffle more times. One raffle ticket entry per day of climbing organised, up to a maximum of four days per trip. 3. Up to two Trip Leaders can receive credit in the raffle as trip leaders for the same trip. 4. If more than one prize, then draw the raffle for the prizes in order from the most valuable first. 5. Order of prizes draw to be determined prior to the AGM by the Committee. 6. Each Trip Leader can only win one prize. 7. A Trip Leaders next 12 months of VCC membership will be one prize. This year Bogong Equipment has again donated the major prize in the raffle. We look forward to seeing you and your photos at the AGM.   Photo: Current President Ben Wright enjoying cooler temperatures on rock. [ More ]
19/09/2018-6:00pmMountaineering Social Night
Location: Clifton Hill Brewpub
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: After the great success of the last Mountaineering Social Night, we're doing it again!You like Mountaineering? You want to meet fellow adventurers? Join us in this cross-club social night at the tail end of the season! This is a combined but very casual event by the Mountaineering Clubs of Melbourne: Alpine Search and Rescue Victoria Army Alpine Association Melbourne University Mountaineering Club NZAC Australia Section RMIT Outdoors Club Victorian Climbing Club. Casual beers are from 6:00pm in the bar at the front. Dinner is booked for 7:30pm in the restaurant. Please select "Going" on the Facebook Event so we can arrange/adjust the booking. Cheers and see you there. Shree (aSAR), Rob (AAA), Luke (MUMC), Andrew (NZAC), Lewis (ROC) & Philipp (VCC) ... and of course Petey's free sticker box will be there as well. [ 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.

The short, power-endurance line, which has remained an open project since the 1990s, involves ... [ More ]

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