The push for a Brunswick bouldering wall has been extremely positive so far and hopefully the Wilson St project (which has been recently in the media - see below) will happen. However like climbing there's no harm in placing another bit of gear in case the other one fails.
Moreland council are looking for suggestions for Fleming park. If you have 3 minutes please follow the link to the survey and request a bouldering wall. Who knows? We may get both...
With the weather heating up and the Buffalo trip on the horizon, I figured I should get the Buffalo Guidebook Update on the website. I've taken all of the existing topos and information from this website and added everything I could find in Argus, the ACA, Chockstone, various emails from people, personal experiences, etc and combined them all into a single, indexed document. Hopefully this makes it a little easier to use the guide and the update together.
The working bee on Saturday 15th December went very well. Starting at 9am a total of 22 volunteers turned up throughout the day, to completely strip walls 2 and 3, and partially strip wall 1 of its oldest routes. Holds were crated and taken up to the park tap for washing, with Tristan Wardley doing a great job on the jet hose. Fortunately the sun came out which helped with drying the holds. Toby Pola had gathered a group of setters, and they started putting up new routes from mid-morning.
Route setting Wall #2.
Phil Goebel brought along a set of new holds donated by Hardrock Climbing Gym, which were gratefully received and used for a new problem on the right side of wall #3.
By late afternoon there were half a dozen routes back on each of the walls. More to be added in the coming weeks. A big thanks to all the volunteers who gave their time, and made it a very successful working bee. We now have some new and Clean routes (for a while!).
There is going to be a route reset day Saturday 15th December, starting 9am. We have a group of setters, but we need volunteers to help strip and wash all the holds, so please let us know if you can help out.
The walls will be closed while setting takes place.
VCC acknowledges the support by Bogong for the Club and CliffCare! bogong.com.au
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Observe all access restrictions and agreements.
Use existing access tracks and keep to hard ground and rock surfaces
Do not disturb nesting birds or other wildlife and protect all native plants especially at the base of cliffs. Avoid removing vegetation from cracks and ledges when developing new climbs.
Respect Aboriginal sites and avoid developing climbs in near vicinity.
Chalk has a high visual impact. Minimise your use of it, especially near walking tracks. Remove ‘tick marks’ after you have climbed.
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