Details: The VCC has been invited by Parks Victoria to participate in a restricted trial reopening of climbing in Summerday Valley. We are running two Club Trips to Summerday Valley in the Mt Stapylton area. Participants will only be able to climb on two of the most popular cliffs: Back Wall and Wall of Fools.
These are Intermediate Trips with limited Beginner places. As this is a trial reopening for this year, the total number of participants on each trip will also be strictly limited. Trip Leaders: Michael O'Reilly and Ross Timms.
Contact Michael for more details or to register your interest. Prior booking is absolutely essential. Turning up on the day is not a possibility.
Details: Come along and join in with the VCC Xmas Party - Bouldering and a BBQ. What could be better? Gold coin donation for a snag. Check out the new Volumes and problems. Get a pump and then a feed with other climbers. Non-members welcome. It all starts at 5pm.
Details: What better way than slab climbing is there to improve your footwork and technique after the mindless laps of Burnley not looking at your feet! Not that there's anything wrong with improving your endurance on jugs... it's just that it won't help you at Black Hill. Come along and learn some technique and how to use your 'sticky rubber'. The first Club Trip for 2015 is a day trip to the granite climbing area of Black Hill, near Kyneton. Dan Millar is the Trip Leader. The Club Secretary plans to show participants the climbs in the two areas around Milawa (17*) and Barefoot and Pregnant (19*) in the Upper Area of the Northern Group. Both areas offer great slab climbing. Check out the available routes on the online Guide theCrag.
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