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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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Bundaleer Kai Seth Robertson (11 years old), having a ball at Bundaleer. The route is an unrecorded variation linking parts of Frog and Basilisk. Photographer: Karl Bromelow

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24/05/2018-7:00p:30pm - VCC Club Nights @ Gravity Worx (May)
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. In May we will be climbing on Thursday the 10th and 24th May. 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 http://www.gravityworx.com.au/ [ More ]
26/05/2018
to 27/05/2018
End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - May
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Peter Upton
Details: Autumnal weather and great friction what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin late May? Come along andcruise upthe nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Or maybe climb something new. Climb on the Watchtower Faces or in The Northern Group and enjoy the sunshine. Maybe try some longer multi-pitches on Tiger Wall given the late Autumn conditions. 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, Peter Upton,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 Peter Upton and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
09/06/2018
to 11/06/2018-9:00am
Queens Birthday Weekend Tree Planting and Climbing Trip
Location: Mt Arapiles
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: The month of June is a fantastic time to climb at Arapiles and also an ideal time for planting, with cooler weather and a bit of moisture in the ground. Why not come along and support the VCC and Cliffcare in helping to give back to a place that gives us so much . Plant your own tree at The Mount and watch it grow as you return in coming years! The Cliffcare Working Bee will happen on the Saturday morning, commencing at 9am. Once the trees are in the ground, watered and guarded we can head out and enjoy the climbing. We will be tree planting, mulching and tree guarding, with the locations yet to be determined. But most likely we will be planting some more trees and shrubs in the Pines campground, as well as in the and surrounds. An old Greek Proverb says it all: A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. The good news is that most of us will get to sit in their shade. This is an annual Cliffcare Event, and hopefully over time will make a real difference to the campground and its environs. The Trip Leaders are Ollie Sherlock and Tara Laursen. Ollie and Tracey Skinner, from Cliffcare, will co-ordinate the Working Bee, while Tara will co-ordinate the climbing side of things. To participate in this annual event, please contact Ollie. Photos:Ollie and son Flynn with seedlings grown from local Callitris Pine, Yellow Gum and Casuarinaseeds. All seedlings have been grown by Ollie from locally collected seeds. Tara climbing well and focused on the 'sharp end'. [ More ]
09/06/2018
to 14/06/2018
Learn2Lead Course #3: RESCHEDULED
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The third Learn2Lead Course for 2018 has been rescheduled. The course will now run at Mt Arapiles/Djurite in June. It will run from Saturday 9th - Thursday 14th June, 2018. These dates also include the Queens Birthday Long Weekend. 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.   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 ($5:30 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 trad rack and a hex placement.           [ More ]
23/06/2018
to 24/06/2018
Black Ians Rocks
Location: Black Ians
Leader: Rhys Boyar
Details: Black Ians Rocks is in the Black Range in The Grampians. It has a well deserved reputation for superb crack climbing in the intermediate grades, as well as a range of other styles of climbing. The crag now also has a number of mostly harder sport routes. Black Ians is also a perfect winter crag, with most of the routes catching any available sunshine. But be prepared for a bruised ego while learning to climb cracks! Learning to crack climb can open up a whole new world of inspiring climbing linesthat will take you up some of the best rock in the world. Not only that, a nice hand jam on a climb can give you a well-earned rest whilst others flounder and get pumped. All levels of climbing experience are welcome, but Beginner numbers may be limited depending on the numbers of experienced climbers on the trip. Prior crack climbing experience is not essential - Black Ians is a great place to learn. The sandstone at Black Ians is no where near as unforgiving as at Buffalo or Mt Alexander. Please contact Rhys Boyar, the Trip Leader, prior to the trip for more information. Photos: A sample of an fist jam at Black Ians and Rhys Boyar, the Trip Leader. [ 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.

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