Summerday Valley VCC Club Trip #3 – Trial Reopening
21 Mar 2015 to 22 Mar 2015
Location: Summerday Valley, Mt Stapylton, Northern Grampians, VIC
Details: Following the success of our two trips last year, we are running a third VCC Trip to the closed Summerday Valley in the Mt Stapylton area. The VCC has been invited by Parks Victoria to participate in a restricted trial reopening of climbing in Summerday Valley. This is a great opportunity to climb at this closed crag which is unlikely to be opened to the general pubic for quite a while.
Participants will be able to climb on two of the most popular cliffs: Back Wall & Wall of Fools. This is an Intermediate Trip with a limited number of Beginner places. As this is still a trial reopening, the total number of participants is limited to a total of 24 climbers. Camping: The group will be camping at Plantation Campground on the Halls Gap-Mt Zero Rd. At present there are no camping fees applicable and there is no need to pre-book your campsite.
Trip Leaders: Michael O’Reilly and Ross Timms Contact Michael for more details or to register your interest. Prior booking is absolutely essential. It is not possible to turn up on the day.
Details: Point Perpendicular beckons a return with its chiselled white cliffs framed by its wild ocean below. It’s a bona fide high sea drama settled amongst a military bomb testing reserve. The trip will also present the opportunity to visit the sport cliffs at Nowra, particularly if Point Perpendicular is closed due to military activities.
The trip will look to hire a house which is comparable in cost to nearby camping, will do away with the need for camping equipment, ensure comfort in the case of wet weather conditions, and will provide an opportunity to have 3-4 persons per car sharing travel costs. Accommodation at the house will be limited (8-10 persons), cost will be divided by occupants for the trip period (although the potential exists for time share) and places allocated on a first come first served basis on receipt of a deposit.
Suitable for experienced intermediates and advanced climbers. Contact Hywel, the trip leader, to secure your place and accommodation.
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