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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.

Latest Forum Messages   [ More | Login ]
18-7 FYI Chockstoners - this weeks deletions, etc.  >|
18-7 What happened to double ropes?  >|
17-7 Latest Road and Track reports for Grampians.  >|
16-7 Grivel G12 crampons - Cramp-O-Matic (new)
16-7 Can I borrow a Rock Exotica enForcer Load Cell?
16-7 BD Turbo Express ice screws - x4 (new)
16-7 Grivel G10 crampons - New Classic (used)
16-7 Satan's Smokestack - Rock Article
16-7 Quotes  >|
13-7 found cam on Queen Bee - Mt Difficult
13-7 Is Chockstone going the way of Crag X* ?  >|
12-7 No access to Mt Stapylton via carpark this wkend
11-7 La Sportiva boots - EUR 43.5 - $75 ono
11-7 WTB Silent partner
10-7 Central Grampians guide - photo submissions wanted
10-7 FS Alpine gear - Crampons, Boots, Ice screws, Tent
10-7 glen robbins contact details
10-7 Frog campervan camping situation
9-7 Staugton Vale Accident 6/7/18
9-7 SRTE vertical equipment
9-7 Climbing partners in VIC
6-7 Kaputar liberation
  
Photo Gallery   [ More | Submit A Photo ]
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

Chockstone Photography   [ More | Comments ]
16-May-2018:
A Few Days Spare
08-Apr-2018:
Victorian Hikes
01-Mar-2018:
Northbound Again

Upcoming Events [ More | Add ]
1/9 To Sunday, September 30, 2018 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 ]
See Also: Find Climbers, VCC or WVCC for upcoming trips.

Upcoming VCC Events [ More | Subscribe ]
18/07/2018-6:30pmMountaineering Social Night
Location: Clifton Hill Brewpub
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: You like Mountaineering? You want to meet fellow adventurers? Join us in this cross-club social night! This is a combined but very casual event by the Mountaineering Clubs of Melbourne: Melbourne University Mountaineering Club NZAC Australia Section Victorian Climbing Club We love to bring everyone together so you can listen to the latest tales, make bold plans for the future, get the latest beta and simply meet awesome new people. If you want to share some of your rad pictures so we can show them during the evening, submit them via this website:https://goo.gl/forms/k7fXfWaWxTZN6x333 We'll try to organise some sort of screen to keep them running in the background. Please select "Going" on the Facebook Event so we can arrange/adjust the booking https://www.facebook.com/events/245716836159114/ Cheers and see you there Luke (MUMC), Andrew (NZAC) & Philipp (VCC) [ More ]
28/07/2018
to 29/07/2018
End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - July
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Ollie Sherlock
Details: Cooler weather means great friction what better reason is there to visitMt Arapilesin July? Winter at Arapiles can provide some stunning climbing. Enjoy the sun on the Watchtower slabs or on the sunny side of Mitre Rock. Get up (reasonably) early and catch the warming rays on the nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Maybe explore some new areas in The Northern Group. 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. 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 Ollie Sherlock and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
04/08/2018
to 09/08/2018
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 at the start of August. It will run from Saturday 4th August - Thursday 9th August, 2018. 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 ]
11/08/2018
to 12/08/2018
Winter Camp 2018 - TRIP FULL
Location: Mt Feathertop
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: Although this year will be the year without Game of Thrones, snow will still fall and we'll be back on Mt Feathertop! You've done some rock-climbing and want to step it up? You're thinking about doing a Technical Mountaineering Course? You want to climb the Himalayas? This is EXACTLY the right trip for you. Hopefully you can join us hiking up Bungalow Spur, or across the Razorback (whatever ticks your fancy), and meet at Federation Hut for a fluffy snow camp. There you have the choice between: Just enjoying winter wonderland and cooking some snow OR Joining the mountaineers and practicing self-arrest, building a Swiss pulley system and doing other weird things.* If you havent attended a previous VCC Mountaineering trip or Winter Camp, there will be a mandatory mid-week briefing in Melbourne prior to the trip. This trip is suitable for all levels of experience, with limited spaces for beginners. The trip leaders - Anna, Matt, Petey and Philipp - have done all kinds of crazy stuff and some of them are also Alpine SAR Victoria members. You will be in safe hands. Winter is coming. DAH DA DUH DA DAH DUH DA DA DA (dadadadadadadadadadadadaada) Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place or to get more information about snow camping. *Youll need an ice-axe, crampons and a climbing helmet at a bare minimum. More details regarding theMountaineering Program 2018 will be released once were done with the planning. Feel free to email us any questions in the meantime. [ More ]
25/08/2018
to 26/08/2018
Mountain Weekend August - VCC MTN 2
Location: Victorian High Country
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: ... snow, Snow, SNOOOOWWWW! Yes, the end of August is statistically the best time to venture out into the Australian backcountry and guess what we're doing? Yep, hitting the sugar coated hills in the High Country for another time. The outlook for the Australian climate drivers (ENSO, IOD and SAM) are all meh (= neutral) but that was also the case last year and we still got a? AF season.   Hopefully this year the good conditions allow a shorter drive and we can go into the Buller/Howitt area. Possibilities include: The Bluff North Face Mt Buller West Ridge Mt Stirling SE Face. The general schedule will be the same: Camping at the base of the mountain on Friday night >> walk, climb and play on Saturday, establish camp Saturday night >> more playtime and return to Melbourne on Sunday. This trip isonly suitable for advanced climberswhich means you own an ice-axe or preferably ice-tools, some crampons and a climbing helmet and know how to use them. On top of that you have to be a VCC member and be known to the trip leaders. Adequate skill and fitness levels are also necessary. These are firm club requirements. We kindly ask everyone who signs up to commit 100% since places are extremely limited. Trip Leaders: Matt Scattergood, Petey Mason and Philipp Hammes Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place or to get more information about mountaineering in the VCC. [ More ]

Climbing News [ More | Add ]
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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Where to climb around Victoria, Australia. Details on featured climbs, photos, access notes, routes listed with heights & grades.
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