It's on again, the often imitated but never duplicated, 2013 CliffCare raffle.
If you're not sure what a raffle is there's always a dictionary. If you're not sure what CliffCare is, or does, than read on.
Put simply, CliffCare is the environmental arm of the Victorian Climbing Club. CliffCare employs an access officer (Tracey) who works with Parks Victoria and land managers/owners to maintain (and in some cases re-open) our beloved climbing areas.
What does this actually mean for you? It means healthier climbing areas through erosion control efforts, better access to crags through track marking efforts and sometimes new areas to climb by negotiating the opening of closed areas.
To continue the great work of our access officer we need to raise funds and thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors we will do just that.
Below is a list of our sponsors and the prizes they've donated. Now all you need to do is buy some tickets.
Come along and be apart of History, help the Club celebrate its 60th year!
Not only is it the Melbourne cup long weekend VCC trip, but it is the Nati Frinj Festival. But that’s not all. It's a double whammy weekend of climbing celebrations. 50 Years of recorded climbing at Mt Arapiles and 60 Years of the club.
Celebrating the Victorian Climbing Clubs 60th Anniversary year the club will be holding a hubba bubba of an Anniversary dinner. An awesome opportunity to catch up with members past and present and eat, drink and be merry. Partake of a little campfire banter and reminisce about the early years. A slideshow loop of club visuals will be ongoing through the night keeping us all entertained.
2 course dinner - Spit Roast Meats, (Vegetarian option), Roasted Vegies, Salads and Dessert to top it off. Beverages: Beer, Wine and Soft Drink
The weekend of 10th August is when it's all happening (That is the 9th, 10th and 11th). The bulk of the holds have just been ordered and everything is finally coming together. We will be looking for people to help out with stripping and cleaning holds, moving large heavy things from one place to another and giving the setters a hand when possible.
If you are free and want to get involved message us your interest and we will hopefully find a use for you. www.facebook.com/event
And... The Mary Street underpass is also currently closed. BicycleNetwork report "City of Yarra have decided to take advantage of a bad situation and resurface the Mary Street ramp. The ramp’s surface will be removed late this week and replaced with new decking next week." www.bicyclenetwork.com.au/general/change-the-world/11087/
As a result of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, a number of changes need to be made to the club’s rules. If these changes are not made, the club’s rules, as they currently stand, will potentially be overridden by the one-size-fits-all default (“model”) rules. These proposed changes will be put to a member vote at the club’s AGM, on 19 September 2013.
Background on the proposed changes, and the text of the relevant AGM resolution are set out in the July and August 2013 Arguses. Not an official document, but probably the easiest way to see and understand the changes, is to compare the proposed new rules alongside the current rules. To see these rules side by side, click here.
Burnley Bouldering Wall access will be via Mary St, Richmond (underpass or via ramp on north-west side) only. The floating sections of the Yarra bike path are closed, both east and west of Burnley Wall, "for the foreseeable future".
VCC acknowledges the support by Bogong for the Club and CliffCare! bogong.com.au
Want to protect your climbing future right now?
You can donate online to the Victorian CliffCare Trust by clicking here.
Your donation will help us protect the places you love to climb.
The Club strongly encourages members to follow the climbing code:
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.
Minimise the placement of fixed gear and respect established 'no bolting'areas. If placing fixed gear, research best recommended hardware and installation practices for the area.
Carry out all your rubbish – this includes finger tape, cigarette butts and citrus peel.
Bury your human waste and paper correctly – at least 50 metres from any water source. Dig hole 15-20 cm deep and cover well. Carry out sanitary products. These do not decompose.
Observe all restrictions and conditions for lighting camp fires relevant to the land tenure.These vary from park to park. Firewood collection in many parks is prohibited.
These guidelines have been developed by the VCC and CliffCare in conjunction with the general climbing community and land managers. They make sense and are not hard to follow. Remember – you are only one of many and our collective habits make an impact. Both positive and negative. The climbing community, other park users and the wildlife can all benefit. The end result is continued climbing access and a healthier environment through sustainable climbing practices. For further information on this Code of Conduct please visit:www.cliffcare.org.au and www.vicclimb.org.au