Details: Whether from overseas, avoiding family or just simply climbing crazy, come join this 4 day Xmas trip to Arapiles. Come for all 4 days, or for part of the trip. The trip is open to climbers of all ability and experience levels, but beginner numbers may be limited.
Camping at Mount Arapiles If you are camping at The Mount, either in The Pines or The Gums, you need to book and prepay your camping fees before the trip. The cost is $5 per person per night. To book, visit the Parks Victoria Booking website http://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/mount-arapiles-tooan-state-park
Please contact Trip Leader Hywel Rowlands prior to the trip if you are interested
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.
Details: The perfect February Day Trip for sun soaked Melbournians in need of a climbing fix. A great 'Summer Crag' with some shade possibilities and an easy walk in. The 1000m altitude also helps to lessen the heat of summer. Climb routes on the lower cliff or head up the hill to the Omega Block and flex your muscles on the sport test pieces! Climbs for everyone including cool chimneys, juggy aretes to thin and steep face climbs. Suitable for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced climbers. Contact Hywel Rowlands, the Trip Leader, prior to the trip to secure your place. Beginner places 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