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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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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 TODAY !! 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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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 ]
22/09/2018Dog Rocks, Mt Alexander Daytrip
Location: Dog Rocks, Mount Alexander
Leader: Josh Davies
Details: Dog Rocks at Mount Alexander offers a good range of granite climbing with very easy access. Theres a variety of crack lines to get your jam on, whether you are new to crack climbing or after a challenge. Theres also slabs to slither up, some face climbing, and throw in a chimney for good measure. This trip will give you the opportunity to try a variety of climbing styles and maybe learn some new techniques or skills while youre at it. Climbing on granite always provides learning opportunities! As well as great day of climbing, Mount Alexanders environment rises above the surrounding landscape and gives the opportunity to learn a bit about the region's rich natural and cultural history. This trip to Dog Rocks will provide climbing opportunities for all experience levels. Beginners are welcome on the trip, however beginner positions may be limited. It is essential to contact Josh prior to the trip to secure your place. Photos: Trip Leader Josh Davies and Central Victorian Granite. [ More ]
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Learn2Lead Course #3: NEW DATES
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 at the end of September. It will run from Tuesday 25th - Sunday 30th September, 2018. There are only two places remaining to be filled. 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 any Learn2Lead 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 ]
27/09/2018-7:00p:30pm - VCC Club Nights @ Gravity Worx (September)
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 13th and 27th September. 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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Climbing with Kids Gariwerd (TRIP FULL)
Location: Grampians
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: This trip is now full. Please contact Ollie if you'd like to be on the Waiting List. Join VCC & WVCC in an enjoyable weekend of family climbing in the Grampians. Is there a better way to spend the Grand Final Long Weekend than climbing with kids? Bush camping on a private farm in the Southern Grampians and climbing in the Central Grampians, we will visit a progression of crags for younger children, as well as more challenging sites for older teens and parents to enjoy. Both trip leaders have experience with progressing kids climbing and are keen to assist parents in finding and enjoying a variety of sites well suited to family climbing. Climbing will be top roping with several sites set up for families to visit. Your own climbing equipment will need to be provided. The minimum gear required is an approved rockclimbing helmet (not a bike other helmet), harness, sling and a locking carabiner. Climbing shoes are not essential for younger climbers; firm fitting sand shoes are fine. We will have some children's climbing helmets to share, so this requirement can be met more easily. As the numbers of participants on this trip are limited, you must contact one of the trip leaders to secure your place(s). Priority will be given to VCC and WVCC members. For more information contact the Trip Leaders: Ollie Sherlock - VCC Email: Phone: 0409 155 106 Adam Merrick - VCC and WVCC Email: Phone: 0458 965 333 Photos provided by the Trip Leaders. [ 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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