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The VCC now sponsors a regular indoor climbing group. If you're ever short for a partner, or would just like to meet some new indoor partners, you can contact them via their Meetup page.


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COURSE FULL Learn 2 Lead 2015 - Course #2 5 Sep 2015 to 10 Sep 2015 Top
Location:
Mt Arapiles
Michael O'Reilly

 
Details:
This L2L Course is now full. Please register your interest in the next course by contacting Michael.

Take the next step. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely.
- Exclusive to VCC members
- 6 days qualified instruction
- All equipment provided
- 4 students per instructor
The course is held at the perfect venue to learn to lead climb on trad gear, Mt Arapiles. Bomber rock and gear placements.

Course pre-requisites:
- You should be able to safely belay and second a lead climber outdoors.
- You must be a VCC member.

What you will learn:
- Lead climbing using natural protection
- Setting up belay stations and descending from the cliff
- Multi-pitch considerations
- Protecting the second.

The cost: $625 per person including GST for the 6 consecutive days of instruction.
Contact Michael, the VCC Trip Co-ordinator, for more details.

There is a limit of 4 participants per course, so get in quickly!
How do I know what level I am?

Basic Technical Tree Climbing 26 Sep 2015 Top
Location:
Yarra Bend Park, VIC
Philipp Hammes

 
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 back-yard are some of the biggest trees in the world. The mountain ashes in the Yarra Ranges have recorded heights of over 90m with all of the specimen still growing (if they are still alive). We're taking it easy and will be getting up a little tree.
This is about learning basic SRT and preventing hurting yourself and 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 have the intermediate tree-climbing gear: harness, helmet, suitable footwear, several long slings, several screw gate carabiners, ascenders and cam-style descender (Petzl GriGri, RIG, I'D, Edelrid Eddy, isc D4).
- 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 8 climbers.
How do I know what level I am?

Mountain Ash Climbing Day - Tree Hugging 3.0 10 Oct 2015 Top
Location:
Yarra Ranges, VIC
Philipp Hammes

 
Details:
We're getting high - naturally. Really high!
On some scouting trips we identified a couple of 60m to 70m Eucalyptus Regnans and if the weather plays along, we will spend several hours above ground to get 50m or higher. If it doesn't, we can pick smaller trees and enjoy the pubs and wineries around Healesville.

Trip pre-requisites:
- You are experienced with SRT climbing and climbed 25m trees before.
- You have the intermediate tree-climbing gear: harness, helmet, suitable footwear, several long slings, several screw gate carabiners, ascenders and a suitable descender.
- You must be a VCC member.

Suitable for experienced intermediates and advanced climbers.
Contact Philipp, the trip leader, to secure your place.
This trip is not for beginners and it has a limit of 8 climbers.
How do I know what level I am?

Self-Rescue Course - TRIP FULL - WAITING LIST OPEN 17 Oct 2015 to 18 Oct 2015 Top
Location:
Mt Arapiles
Andrew Clark

 
Details:
Climb long enough and at one point or another getting stuck in a jam high up off the ground is inevitable: stuck ropes, a crucial piece of gear missing in action, wandering off-route into dicey terrain, or an injury that leaves a climber in need of help.
This course is designed to help you deal with these types of situations.

Prerequisites - all participants must be:
- VCC members
- lead climbers or competent seconds
- able to demonstrate competency in tying figure-of-eight bight and bend, water knot, double fisherman's and clove hitch.

The course runs over 2 days and the following techniques will be covered if time allows:
- Basics
- Emergency Procedures
- Rescue Knots such as Munter Hitch, Mule Hitch, Prusik Hitch, Autoblock, Klemheist, Bachmann, Garda and Mariner's Hitches
- Escaping the (belay) system
- Belaying off the body and belaying off the anchor
- Raising the second
- Simple assisted hoist
- Descending & ascending (abseiling & prusiking) past knots
- Raising the injured
- Second pulley systems
- Makeshift chest harness
- Assisted abseil
- Ascending to a hurt leader (anchoring, prusik, solo, rope solo).

Please contact the Trip Leader, Andrew, to register your interest. Places are limited.

TRIP FULL - WAITING LIST OPEN
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Basic and Advanced Technical Tree Climbing 7 Nov 2015 to 8 Nov 2015 Top
Location:
City of Casey, VIC
Philipp Hammes

 
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 back-yard are some of the biggest trees in the world. The mountain ashes in the Yarra Ranges have recorded heights of over 90m with all of the specimen still growing (if they are still alive). We're taking it easy and will be getting up a little tree.

This two-day trip is about learning basic SRT and preventing hurting yourself and the tree. On the second day we will go into basic aerial rescue practise which is the tree-version of rock-climbing self-rescue. This trip is organised in cooperation with Geocaching Melbourne who have their annual festival the next weekend.

Trip pre-requisites:
- You should be able to safely belay and abseil outdoors.
- You have the intermediate tree-climbing gear: harness, helmet, suitable footwear, several long slings, several screw gate carabiners, ascenders and cam-style descender (Petzl GriGri, RIG, I'D, Edelrid Eddy, isc D4).
- 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 8 climbers.
How do I know what level I am?

How do I know what level I am? Top

For the purposes of VCC trips:

You are a Beginner climber if:

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.

All intending trip participants are advised to read VCC Trip Participants' Guidelines.

Contact the trip leader or email for more details.



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