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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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07:50 Bush Camping/Dispersed camping in the Grampians
19-3 Using Bold and italics on Chockstone - possible?
19-3 Grampians Access 2019  >|
18-3 Need a partner for Mt Buffalo, anytime 19-30Mar
18-3 After a Buffalo climbing partner
18-3 Request for beta on Ozy / DoTF
18-3 Found: Katanas at Camels 4/03/19
18-3 FYI Chockstoners - this weeks deletions, etc.  >|
17-3 Wanted - Rock Exotica Silent Partner
17-3 WANTED Rock Exotica Silent Partner
17-3 Save Grampians Climbing - New Website
16-3 Thou Must Not Crimp!
16-3 Lost stick clip at Gotham city
16-3 Ozymandias Original or Direct
12-3 Lost gear @ arapilies
11-3 Climbing Mediawatch  >|
11-3 New Moonarie Climbing Guide arrived!
8-3 Off topic: Accor hotels
8-3 Easy to sell gear at Arapiles?
7-3 Sea to Summit Alpine III Ap3 / 3 Sleeping Bag (use
7-3 Various new rock climbing items for your harness
7-3 RETURNED 5.10 Approach Shoe Angels Buttress
  
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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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21/03/2019-6:00pmMountaineering Social Night
Location: Great Northern Hotel
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details:     Ohhhh the last Mountaineering Social Night before GoT returns! You like Mountaineering? You want to meet fellow adventurers? Join us in this cross-club social night which is suitable both for seasoned climbers and absolute beginners. Last year Jeanette McGill had a successful expedition to Manaslu and she'll talk about her experience on an 8000m peak. Casual beers are from 6:00pm Presentation starts 7:00pm   This is a combined, very casual and FREE event by the Mountaineering Clubs of Melbourne: Alpine Search and Rescue Victoria Army Alpine Association Alpenverein Melbourne Melbourne University Mountaineering Club NZAC Australia Section Victorian Climbing Club   Please select Going on the Facebook Event so we can adjust the booking if needed https://www.facebook.com/events/318693088770598/ Cheers and see you there. Shree (aSAR), Rob (AAA), Anna (AVM), Luke (MUMC), Andrew (NZAC) & Philipp (VCC) and of course Peteys free sticker box will be there as well. Also Thursday is $15 Burger night at the GNH.   [ More ]
30/03/2019
to 31/03/2019
End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - March
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Dave Scarlett
Details: Mt Arapilesin autumn? Arapiles in late March provides the very best of Arapiles climbing. Enjoy the cooler temperatures and improved friction. If it's still hot, then the shady gullies or the routes on the right side of Central Gully are there to be enjoyed. Get up (reasonably) early and enjoy the early sun's rays on the nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Maybe explore some new areas. The famous walls and prominent buttresses of Arapiles really come into their own at this time of the year. 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, Dave Scarlett, 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: Dave Scarlett and the Organ Pipes at sunrise. [ More ]
13/04/2019
to 22/04/2019
EOI: Extended trip to Moonarie OR the Blue Mountains
Location: Moonari OR the Blue Mountains
Leader: Rhys Boyar
Details: Expressions of interest are called for an extended climbing trip to either Moonarie (South Australia) or The Blue Mountains (New South Wales). Come along for the whole time, or part of it. The trip is planned from the 13th April until the 22nd April. These dates include the Easter break. If you are interested please get in contact with the Trip Leader, Rhys Boyar, and let him know your preferred crag and available dates. Majority or consensus rules!   Photos: Trip Leader Rhys Boyar and Moonarie (from theCrag.com) [ More ]
13/04/2019
to 18/04/2019
Learn2Lead Course - April 2019
Location: Mt Arapiles/Djurite
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: The second Learn2Lead Course for 2019 has been organised to run at Mt Arapiles/Djurite in April. It will run from Saturday 13th April until Thursday 18th April, 2019. This is in the Victorian School Holidays and just before Easter. 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 ]
17/08/2019
to 18/08/2019
Winter Camp 2019 - Mt Feathertop
Location: Mt Feathertop
Leader: Philipp Hammes
Details: This year Game of Thrones will be back and we'll be back at Mt Feathertop. Together with the New Zealand Alpine Club we'll rock the Backcountry Event you really don't want to miss! Youve done some rock-climbing and want to step it up? Youre thinking about doing a Technical Mountaineering Course? You want to climb the Himalayas? You're a seasoned mountaineer and just want to enjoy a great weekend in the snow? 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 practising self-arrest, building a Swiss pulley system and doing other weird things. For this option youll need an ice-axe, crampons and a climbing helmet at a bare minimum. 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. If you're new to snow-camping, please get in touch with us. There are a lot of things to consider which we will address at the briefing, however it doesn't hurt to get a heads-up on the gear requirements. More details regarding theMountaineering Season 2019 will be released once were done with the planning. Feel free to email us any questions in the meantime Winter is coming. DAH DA DUH DA DAH DUH DA DA DA (dadadadadadadadadadadadaada) To secure your place self-register via this web-form: https://goo.gl/forms/q7NaavU2PU9aaXcQ2 Cheers Anna, Matt, Petey and Philipp [ More ]

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 New Moonarie Guidebook
Rob Baker and Josef Goding are stoked to announce the 2019 edition of the Moonarie - a rock climber's guide. See: https://www.moonarie.com.



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