Details: This final Learn2Lead Course for the year has unfortunately had to be cancelled. The next course will be held next year in autumn. Contact Michael ASAP if you are interested in the course next year.
This is the last opportunity for you to take the next step before the warmer weather and summer holidays. Learn to lead climb, have fun and get home safely. - Exclusive to VCC members - 6 days qualified instruction - All equipment provided - Max 4 students per instructor.
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.
Note: Camping Fees at Mt Arapiles ($5 per night per person) are additional costs that you need to pay. You also need to provide your own food whilst on the course. Note that the course needs four paid up participants to run. Contact Michael, the VCC trip Coordinator, if you are interested in attending.
Come along and join us for an afternoon of bouldering fun, delicious BBQ and awesome prizes at the Brunswick bouldering facility on Wilsons Avenue. Show your support for CliffCare by bringing along some gold coin donations for the BBQ. Cliffcare Raffle tickets will also be on sale. Lots of cool prizes up for grabs so donâ€™t miss out! Additional door prizes available.
Details: Avoid those awkward Christmas gatherings and use your passion as an excuse, why not head for Arapiles.
It has become an annual event and a favourite amongst non-natives whose families live overseas. Come and cruise your favourite climbs on Christmas Day and settle down for the most tranquil day at The Pines you will see all year. Please email Hywel, the Trip leader, for the trip details.
The trip is suitable for beginners, intermediates and advanced climbers.
Location: Mt Buffalo, Mt Buffalo National Park, VIC
Details: Mt Buffalo is the same distance from Melbourne as Mt Arapiles, but sees far less traffic due to the camping being much more restricted, and the plateau being covered in snow for 4 months of the year. Fortunately, we've got the camping covered with sites having been pre-booked and paid for, and we're pretty confident that it won't be snowing at this time of year. The granite of Mt Buffalo's Gorge and its multiple peaks offer a variety of slab, crack and face climbing, in both sport and trad routes. For those who are particularly keen, there are even multi-pitch routes more than twice the height of anything to be found at Arapiles! This is an intermediate to advanced level trip.
Limited places are available, and prepayment for camping will be required to guarantee a space.
Camping spaces are available Friday to Tuesday for a four-night long weekend, however participants are also welcome to come for shorter periods if they prefer.
It is essential that interested climbers contact David, the Trip Leader, as soon as possible, to join in this camping and climbing extravaganza.
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