Details: Wonderful friction and no more heat – what better reason is there to visit The Mount in late autumn? Take advantage of the walls, buttresses and gullies that face in all directions to find perfect climbing conditions. Ooze your way up the Watchtower slabs or bask in the warmth of the sun while climbing in the Northern Group. Arapiles offers well over 2700 routes - there’s something for you! Come along and venture away from the nearby classics and climb something new. Or climb the well-worn trade routes in the Organ Pipes. There is no better rock to fondle than the hard quartzite of Arapiles, so contact David to register your interest. Beginner places may be limited.
Location: Little River Picnic Ground, Taggerty, VIC
Details: Recreational tree climbing is a fairly new thing in Australia. It has been around for a while in the US and German speaking countries. However just in our backyard are some of the biggest trees in the world. The mountain ashes in the Yarra Ranges have recorded heights of over 90m, and those still alive are continuing to grow.
We will be taking it easy and getting up a little tree. This is about learning basic SRT and avoiding hurting yourself or the tree. Please bring your normal climbing gear except the rack.
Trip pre-requisites: - You should be able to safely belay and abseil outdoors. - You must be a VCC member.
Suitable for beginners, experienced intermediates and advanced climbers. Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place. Beginner numbers may be limited and the trip has a limit of 10 climbers.
Location: Falcons Lookout, Werribee Gorge State Park
Details: It’s that perfect time of year to visit the sun soaked cliffs at Falcons Lookout. Engage your fancy footwork, core and talons to scale 500 million years of geological history and then, if you feel so inclined, yell "yipeeee I’m the king of the world!". Suitable for beginners, experienced intermediates and advanced climbers. Contact Hywel, the trip leader, to secure your place.
You can tie yourself in using a figure of eight knot and you have a harness, helmet, suitable footwear, one sling and a screw gate karabiner.
You are an Intermediate climber if:
You can tie yourself in using a figure of eight knot plus you can safely belay and second a lead climber, you can abseil and you have a harness, helmet, suitable footwear, several long slings, two screw gate karabiners, nut pick and belay device.
You are an Advanced climber if:
You meet the Intermediate criteria plus you can lead climb using traditional gear, you can set up belays on multi pitch climbs and you have all the above mentioned gear plus a rack and a rope.
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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