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.
Details: Seize the Freeze! Once upon a time there was a magical far, far faraway land called Arapiles. It was nestled away from mortal eyes and cloaked in climbing anonymity until 1963. Behold! Once earthy eyes discovered its hidden treasures, the lure of its mysterious wonders became irresistible. Beware! Like the Sirens calling to the Illiad, anyone falling under its charm becomes a mortal imprisoned by its intoxicating spell. Weak men and women will falter or perish; only the strong will survive and maybe even thrive at Arapiles - in the Winter of June. Contact Nha to find out more. Beginner places may be limited.
Details: Get the dust of your snow-shoes and pray for snow! We are hiking up Bungalow Spur or cross the Razorback (whatever ticks your fancy) and meet at Federation Hut for a fluffy snow camp. If that's not enough for you, we can have a play with some mountaineering gear, build a Swiss pulley system, break through the cornice, cook some snow or light a fire in the pot-belly.
Winter is coming! DAH DA DUH DA DAH DUH DA DA DA (dadadadadadadadadadadadaadada)
Contact Philipp, the Trip Leader, to secure your place.
Location: Sport Crags, Victoria Range, Grampians National Park
Details: AKA - An Introduction to Sport Climbing
This Club Trip is designed as an introduction to Sport Climbing for Trad Climbers! Yes, you can place ‘wigglies’ and lead the Organ Pipes classics at Arapiles, but why not come along and learn some of the dark secrets of sport climbing. Learn to lead to the melodic sounds of grunts instead of hexes! This trip will be an introduction to the basic skills of sport climbing – including falling. We’ll be teaching and demonstrating clipping bolts with quickdraws, ways of stick-clipping, threading anchors, pulling on gear, falling, soft catches and ‘sports belaying’, stripping a route, avoiding back-clipping, using a draw to pull through a crux and working a route. We might even manage to demonstrate some clean, free climbing too! Come along and learn the many techniques of sport climbing with The Yerba Crew.
Are you ready for the transition? Prerequisites: 1. If you can lead outdoors already, and can climb the steeper walls in gyms, then this trip is for you. The minimum is that you need to be able to climb in the grade range 18 – 20 on the steeper walls at Nunawading Hardrock Gym or the AME Wall at Altona Cliffhanger Gym. 2. You will also need to be leading, not seconding. And be prepared to have a go! 3. In the terms of VCC Club Trips, you need to be an Advanced Climber. Please contact Michael to register your interest in this trip. Trip numbers may be limited.
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