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Moving to Victoria - need some tips 11-Feb-2017 At 3:37:09 PM Wendy
I'm with Andrew on the RPs. I almost never place mine (and I live at Araps). Maybe grab a few of the smaller ones (my 4 and 5 have never been placed) on the assumption that at some stage you will climb some of the harder stuff where they are occasionally necessary, or just wait and see what you think. I never leave the ground without a double set of wires and rarely without a double set of mid range cams (purple-yellow camalots). Double ropes can be nice but have been terribly out of fashion for a while, rope drag is in.

I've never had a 4wd in the gramps and the only place I have been in one is the road on the top of the victoria range, which only accesses crystal palace and the top way into the fortress. You could make some of the walk ins a bit shorter with one, but most of the really popular climbing is completely 2wd friendly and a little vigorous persuasion of a 2wd gets you to most of the rest. The climbing in the Grampians is way, way better than anything around Melbs, so if you are used to driving every weekend anyway, I'd keep it up. And don't get sucked in by what thecrag calls a sport route around Melbs. Lots of them are flithy slabs with an old carrot or 2 that just don't happen to have any trad gear.

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