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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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25-11 Buffalo Aidfest - 21 & 22 November 2015.  >|
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25-11 new Blue Mountains guidebook - DAYS AWAY...
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22-11 FS: waterproof shell BNWT
22-11 Grampians Grand Canyon Temporary closure
22-11 Climbing and Bouldering Guide Books!
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Bad Luck Streak Chris Ling on Bad Luck Streak (20), Lighthouse Area, Point Perpendicular, NSW. Photographer: Alex Ling

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From Coast to Peaks
Kosciuszko and Buffalo
Of Huts & Hills

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to 10/12/2015
Learn 2 Lead Course #3 VACANCY AVAILABLE
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: There is still a vacancy for this last Learn2Lead Course. Contact Michael ASAP if you are interested.

This is the last opportunity for you to take the next step before the warmer weather and summer holidays.
Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely.
- Exclusive to VCC members
- 6 days qualified instruction
- All equipment provided
- Max 4 students per instructor.

Course pre-requisites:
- You should be able to safely belay and second a lead climber outdoors
- You must be a VCC member.

What you will learn:
- Lead climbing using natural protection
- Setting up belay stations and descending from the cliff
- Multi-pitch considerations
- Protecting the second.

The cost: $625 per person, including GST.

Note: Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles ($5 per night per person) are additional costs that you need to pay. You also need to provide your own food whilst on the course.
Note that the course needs four paid up participants to run.
Contact Michael, the VCC trip Coordinator, if you are interested in attending. [ More ]
5/12/2015VCC Christmas BBQ
Location: Wilsons Ave, Brunswick
Leader: Helen McFadzean
Details: Sat 5 Dec 2015 1pm - 5pm

Come along and join us for an afternoon of bouldering fun, delicious BBQ and awesome prizes at the Brunswick bouldering facility on Wilsons Avenue. Show your support for CliffCare by bringing along some gold coin donations for the BBQ. Cliffcare Raffle tickets will also be on sale. Lots of cool prizes up for grabs so don't miss out! Additional door prizes available. [ More ]
to 27/12/2015
Christmas at The Pines
Location: Mt Arapiles, Victoria
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: Avoid those awkward Christmas gatherings and use your passion as an excuse, why not head for Arapiles.

It has become an annual event and a favourite amongst non-natives whose families live overseas. Come and cruise your favourite climbs on Christmas Day and settle down for the most tranquil day at The Pines you will see all year.
Please email Hywel, the Trip leader, for the trip details.

The trip is suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced climbers. [ More ]
to 26/01/2016
Mt Buffalo Australia Day Weekend Extravaganza
Location: Mt Buffalo, Mt Buffalo National Park, VIC
Leader: David Scarlett
Details: Mt Buffalo is the same distance from Melbourne as Mt Arapiles, but sees far less traffic due to the camping being much more restricted, and the plateau being covered in snow for 4 months of the year. Fortunately, we've got the camping covered with sites having been pre-booked and paid for, and we're pretty confident that it won't be snowing at this time of year.
The granite of Mt Buffalo's Gorge and its multiple peaks offer a variety of slab, crack and face climbing, in both sport and trad routes. For those who are particularly keen, there are even multi-pitch routes more than twice the height of anything to be found at Arapiles!
This is an intermediate to advanced level trip.

Limited places are available, and prepayment for camping will be required to guarantee a space.

Camping spaces are available Friday to Tuesday for a four-night long weekend, however participants are also welcome to come for shorter periods if they prefer.

It is essential that interested climbers contact David, the Trip Leader, as soon as possible, to join in this camping and climbing extravaganza. [ More ]

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16/09/2015 LittleHammer - revolutionises Nut Tools.
Chockstone is proud to announce that one of our members, TimP, has revolutionised nut tools with the invention of a spring loaded impact nut tool he has called LittleHammer.

Check it out here: LittleHammer spring loaded impact nut tool.

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New On Chockstone [ More ]
23-May-2006 Jacqui has put together a PDF guide to the new Burnley Wall in Melbourne. This is a free outdoor bouldering wall built by climbers for climbers.
17-Feb-2006 Beechworth Bouldering Guide Paul Martin has contributed a guide to the Beechworth Bouldering Circuit. From a climber’s perspective, the Beechworth area is worth spending some time in as it is blessed with a large number of granite boulders upon which we may ply our trade. The bouldering in this guide covers only a small but popular area which lies within close proximity to the town centre.
15-Feb-2006 Dr Ron Farmer has contributed an article Protecting An Abseil: A Study Of Friction Knots. The aim of this study was to examine the suitability of various knots for protecting an abseil with a self-belay.
08-Dec-2005 At long last the Chockstone T-Shirts are finally happening! Belinda Rees of Makalu Mountain Equipment has kindly taken on the daunting task and financial cost of producing and selling them. Please support her efforts by placing an order via the fax details shown below. If you want to pick up a shirt before Christmas, you'll need to get your order in pronto.
17-Nov-2005 Neil has created a guide to Grahams Creek, Victoria Range, Grampians and well as another to Windjammer Wall, Mt Stapylton, Grampians. Both are also available in PDF.
08-Nov-2005 WIN THIS BOOK! World Climbing by Simon Carter WIN THIS BOOK! To celebrate the launch of Simon Carter's fabulous new photo book - World Climbing, Chockstone is hosting a competition - the prizes being signed copies of the book! Check out this topic on the forum for details on how to win.
04-Aug-2005 Bad Moon Rising Wall, Grampians.Neil has added a guide to a new crag in the Northern Grampians, at Hollow Mountain: Bad Moon Rising Wall. The routes and rock quality resemble Wall Of Fools at Summer Day Valley. The right side is home to several nice sport routes and the left has some of the best easy jug fests in the Grampians.
17-Jul-2005 James has updated the Mt Difficult, Grampians guide as a revised PDF. Also reviewed Slack Jaw DVD's Blood Sweat and Bagels, and Stick It, both of which I really enjoyed.
27-May-2005 Jacqui takes a rest on Invisible Fist (26), Taipan Wall. Added video of Jacqui Middleton leading The Invisible Fist of Professor Hiddich Smiddich (26) at the jewel of the Grampians, Taipan Wall. The scary traverse out right and back left to tag the finish is well above the last bolt. Video shot from two angles, including above and behind via an overhanging abseil.
18-Mar-2005 Neil has updated his Mt Stapylton Campground guide. Grab the PDF for the latest version. Includes 40 climbs within walking distance of the campsite. Areas: Mini Castle Crag, Warden Wall, Sentinel Cave & Wall, The Guardhouse, and Mt Pleasant.
01-Feb-2005 Simon Mentz Interview with Photos By Simon Carter. Completed the Interview with Simon Mentz. Local reader's will probably best know Simon's name as the co-author of those outstanding guide books Arapiles Selected Climbs, and Grampians Selected Climbs. Other's might have come across his name against numerous starred first ascents that are now considered classics in the Grampians, Mt Buffalo and deep in the heart of the Northern Territory. Simon's climbing life has taken him to more distance places like The Nose of El Capitan and the Matterhorn, but his nucleus remains the appealing country life of Natimuk.
25-Jan-2005 Dave Jones Interview with Photos By Simon Carter. Completed the Interview with Dave Jones. The man with a quiet voice and supernatural shoulders has a reputation for bold, run out, trad horror shows, including one such ascent captured on film during the making of the well known climbing movie "Hard Grit". With first ascents that include the hardest route at Mt Arapiles, Punks Addition (32), some scary stuff on Taipan Wall and a wealth of bold FA's and repeats throughout the world, it's a wonder Dave has time to earn a living.
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