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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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to 26/03/2017
End of the Month @ Araps (March) - TRIP FULL
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: This trip is now full. If you are an experienced tradleader, with experience climbing at Araps, please contact Ollie by the link below.Also contact Ollie if you would like to be added tothe Waiting List. Better friction and less heat what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin late March? Take advantage of the walls, buttresses and gullies that face in all directions to find perfect climbing conditions. Arapiles offers well over 2700 routes theres something for you! Come along andcruise upthe nearby classics and well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Or climb something new. 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, Ollie Sherlock,to register your interest. This trip is suitable for all abilities, however there will be limited spaces for beginners. Please send through some details about your experience and climbing gear and hopefully we'll see you there. Photos: Trip Leader Ollie Sherlock and The Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
to 13/04/2017
Learn2Lead Course #2 New Dates COURSE FULL
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: This rescheduled second Learn2Lead Course is now FULL. A third Learn2LeadCourse has been advertised for 13th - 18th May. Please contact Michael as soon as possible if you are interested in doing this third course. The second Learn2Lead Course for 2017 has being rescheduled and will now be offered from 8th - 13th April. This also coincides with the Victorian School Holidays. The VCC offers this course exclusively to members. Take the next step. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely: Exclusive to VCC members 6 days qualified instruction All equipment, including trad gear, provided Only 4 participants per instructor. 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 ($5:20 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 this 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 rack and a hex placement.           [ More ]
11/04/2017-8pmApril Movie @ Wilson - Free Event
Location: Wilson Avenue, Brunswick
Leader: Hywel
Details: Thesixth Reel Rock Festival 2011 brought a series of astounding short films covering every style of climbing on the planet. Thanks to the support of Morland Council we are bringing these movies back to the stage in a free outdoor cinema event at the Wilson Bouldering Wall, Wilson Avenue, Brunswick. The show starts at 8pm and runs for over an hour and a half. Origins: Obe And Ashima: Nine year old Ashima Shiraishi is taking the bouldering world by storm. Under the tutelage of her passionate coach, Obe Carrion, she's crushing competitions and raising the bar for climbing's youth. Obe brings her to the proving grounds of Hueco Tanks, TX, where he had his own breakthrough 13 years earlier, and tries to teach her the lessons about a life in climbing that he had to learn the hard way. Winner, Best of Festival award, 5 Point Film Festival. Race For The Nose: Welcome to the wildest competition on rock - the speed record on the Nose of El Capitan. For decades some of climbing's biggest characters have raced up this 3,000 foot cliff, risking life and limb to shave mere seconds off the record time. We follow the rivalry between Hans Florine and Dean Potter, and Dean's most recent attempt to break this legendary record. Winner, People's Choice Award - Radical Reels, Banff Mountain Film Festival. Sketchy Andy: American climbing dirtbag Andy Lewis is taking the discipline of slacklining into the future as he solos the world's longest high-lines and attempts new aerial tricks. When he shifts his antics to BASE jumping, Andy's friends begin to wonder how far he can push it before it's one step over the line. Ice Revolution: After 30+ years of ice climbing, Canadian maniac Will Gadd finally realizes his dream of climbing radically overhanging, heinously difficult ice. Gadd and Tim Emmett dodge exploding 30 foot icicle bombs and send the hardest pure ice climb in the world, but they swear it's just the first step in a whole new direction for the sport. Winner, Charlie Fowler Award, Telluride Mountainfilm. Project Dawn Wall: Tommy Caldwell is the master of big wall free climbing. He's devoted the last decade of his life to opening free routes on Yosemite's El Capitan, rewriting climbing history in the process. Now he's three seasons deep into his ultimate project - the seemingly impossible Dawn Wall. Joined by bouldering specialist Kevin Jorgeson, Tommy makes his first big ground-up push, pulling pitch after pitch of 5.14 first ascents before an epic storm rolls in. Cold: Over the past 26 years, 16 expeditions have tried and failed to climb one of Pakistan's 8,000 meter peaks in winter. In February 2011, Simone Moro, Denis Urubko, and Cory Richards became the first to achieve this alpine dream by summiting Gasherbrum II, surviving -50 degree temperatures and a massive avalanche. Richards captured both the glory and the pain of their adventure in this raw and moving, first-person look at modern super-alpinism. Winner, Grand Prize, Banff Mountain Film Festival. Winner, Best Film on Climbing, Banff Mountain Film Festival. Winner, Charlie Fowler Award, Telluride Mountainfilm. [ More ]
to 23/04/2017
Point Perpendicular
Location: Point Perpendicular
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: !!! 2 PLACES AVAILABLE on this trip!!! The aptly named Point Perpendicular sits chiselled and proud above Jervis Bay. The steep cliff assures that climbing is sustained and exciting. The setting above the crashing waves is exhilerating and the shear white rock makes for plenty of photo opportunities. Point Perpendicular is primarily a trad climbing area but there are also mixed routes and many harder sports climbs. Access requires a rap down from the cliffs edge before starting to climb. The rock climbing quality varies from very good to very poor, the 'Climb Point Perp' guide book by Robert Dun provides good guidance. The trip is ideal if you are leading up to grade 18 and/or seconding at a similar grade. There is some easier but equally exhilerating climbing at hand. Given the nature of the cliff the trip is suitable for advanced and intermediate climbers who can look after themselves with confidence. The ability to use prussicsand/or ascenders will be an essential. The trip will be held over a 10 day period including 2 travel days. Accommodation will be in a shared house for 9 nights at a cost of approximately $20-30 a night, numbers dependent, but is will likely be closer to $20. You will need to share rooms with others unless you are a couple. You will need to bring your own linen and towels. A deposit of $150 will be required to assure your place. Numbers will be limited to 9 people in terms of accommodation at the house. As access to Point Perpendicularis both weather dependent and dependent on access through the Beecroft Weapons Range, climbing at the point can not be assured. On such days a trip to the sports crags at Nowra would be likely. [ More ]
to 30/04/2017
After Party - Blue Mountains
Location: Blue Mountains
Leader: Hywel Rowlands
Details: Following on from yet another epic week at Point Perpendicular, an after party has been proposed to a nearby neck of the woods. If bolted crack lines and outrageous crimping is your cup of tea, come join us for a week of what doesn't kill you makes you stronger at the Blue Mountains. This trip has been developed for the Point Perpendicular participants but all VCC members are welcome. The trip will commence on a Monday following the Point Perpendicular trip. The trip will invole camping unless you wish to arrange your own accommodation.   [ 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.

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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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