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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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Nindja Mei-ying Liew finishing the last moves of Nindja (*15), Peking Face, Eastern Wall Grampians while Michael O'Reilly belays Jill Gara on The Killing Fields (**17). See Also: Photo 2 Photographer: Steve Toal

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25/01/2020
to 27/01/2020
End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - January Long W/End
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Matt Brooks
Details: Mt Arapilesin the middle of summer? A long weekend at Arapiles? Arapiles in late January can provide some excellent climbing. Enjoy the cooler and shady gullies or the routes on the left side of Central Gully. Get up early and enjoy the sun's rays on the nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Maybe explore some new areas. All those famous walls and prominent buttresses of Arapiles have shady gullies nearby! These gullies sometimes have cool breezes emanating from the 'bowels of Araps'. Certainly plan to have a rest in the shade in the middle of the day! Then when the sun has disappeared over the back of the Mount, head out for a late evening climb in the shade. With a 3 day long weekend, you've plenty of time so you can rest in the heat and still gets lots of climbing done.   These EOM@Araps/Djurite trips are intended for all levels of climbers, however Beginner spaces may be limited by the number of experienced leaders who come along. It is recommended that Beginners contact the Trip Leader as soon as possible to secure their place. 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.     [ More ]
30/01/2020-6:30pmAnnual Golden Hex Photo (and Video) Competition and Social Night
Location: Maori Chief Hotel, South Melbourne
Leader: Phil Neville
Details: Save the date!!! The Annual Golden Hex Photo (and Video) competition and Awards will be held on Thursday 30th January 2020 at the Maori Chief Hotel in South Melbourne. Come along for dinner and some drinks, meet some new people and share your best and worst climbing photos and videos to have a chance to win amazing prizes. Submit your photos via email to Phil Neville at least 48 hours before the night. (Phil's email link is below.) All photos and videos need to have been taken in the time since the 2018 VCC AGM.   Videos will need to be brought along on the night on a USB. But email Phil to let him know the details of your video, including the length.   Where: Maori Chief Hotel 117 Moray Street, South Melbourne. (Corner of Moray Street and York Street.) When: Thursday 30th January at 6:30pm     [ More ]
13/02/2020-5:3:00pm - Bluestone Bouldering
Location: Heidleberg Rd - Merri Creek Bridge, Clifton Hill
Leader: Michael O'Reilly
Details: Bouldering on Melbourne's walls and bridges used to be the go-to training for rock climbers thirty years ago. Before climbing gyms, there was no other option. This evening trip is designed to give the modern pampered climber an introduction to the fine art of bluestone bouldering. You can train endurance, power endurance, technique and footwork on this wall. The Heidelberg Road/Merri Creek Wall is, in my opinion, the most versatile of the bluestone walls close to inner Melbourne. And it's an 'all weather' venue. Location: The wall is on the Capital City Bike Path following the Merri Creek where it crosses under the historic Heidelberg Road bridge. The wall is on the western (Clifton Hill) side of the Merri Creek. If you're driving, park on The Esplanade in Clifton Hill just near the playground next to Heidelberg Road. Just walk down hill to the bike path and descend steeply to the wall. It's about a 10 minute walk from Clifton Hill Station if you're taking the train. Of course it's on the bike path if you're riding. Time: 5:30 - 7:00pm Drop in during this time frame, try the wall out and get pumped! When: Thursday 13th February This bouldering session is suitable for all levels of experience and ability. The righthand end of the wall has bigger holds and I spent a long time training on this wall before I could complete a whole lap without stepping off! Advanced climbers can challenge themselves on one of my 'elimination laps'. I've got a couple of laps that are around grade 24. Michael will be available to coach interested climbers in the techniques needed to climb bluestone! While most of the holds are crimps, there's also slopers and even a couple of hand jams. You'll certainly learn to vary your crimp and body position to avoid the pump. What to bring: Just your climbing shoes and a chalk bag are needed. You don't get off the ground so no need for mats/helmets. Please let Michael know via the email link below if you're intending to come along.       [ More ]
29/02/2020
to 01/03/2020
End of the Month @ Araps/Djurite - February
Location: Mount Arapiles
Leader: Janet Cunningham
Details: Mt Arapiles at the end of summer? Arapiles in late February can provide some excellent climbing. Enjoy the cooler and shady gullies or the routes on the left side of Central Gully. Get up early and enjoy the sun's rays on the nearby classicsand well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. Maybe explore some new areas. All those famous walls and prominent buttresses of Arapiles have shady gullies nearby! These gullies sometimes have cool breezes emanating from the 'bowels of Araps'. But it's also the beginning of Autumn - peak climbing season. Maybe we'll get lucky and have some early autumn weather. Either way, Arapiles will be a great place to be this weekend.   These EOM@Araps/Djurite trips are intended for all levels of climbers, however Beginner spaces may be limited by the number of experienced leaders who come along. It is recommended that Beginners contact the Trip Leader as soon as possible to secure their place. 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.     [ More ]
10/04/2020
to 19/04/2020
Moonarie@Easter
Location: Moonari, Flinders Ranges
Leader: Rhys Boyar
Details: The VCC are off to Moonarie this Easter for an extended climbing trip. Moonarie provides great 'adventure climbing' in the Flinders Ranges, in South Australia. And Easter is prime climbing season at Moonarie. The trip is planned from the 10th April until the 19th April. These dates include the Easter break (Good Friday is 10th April). You can join the trip for the whole time, or part of the time, depending on your availability. This trip is only suitable for experienced Advanced climbers. Use the Find Your Level link below to check your suitability. In short, this means that you must be an experienced lead climber and you need to be confident using trad gear. Either way, you will need to discuss your experience and skills with Rhys prior to being accepted onto the trip. If you are interested in this extended trip, please get in contact with the Trip Leader, Rhys Boyar.   Photos: Trip Leader Rhys Boyar and Moonarie (from theCrag.com) [ 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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