Q&A Gariwerd

Recently Neil Monteith from posted a lengthy comment in the dark corners of facebook. Neil raised a couple of good and valid questions so instead of hiding our reply in the same dark corner, we’re putting up the original comment together with our answers.

Stakeholder Reference Group Participation

Hi Climbers Waiting for the Second Parks Victoria (PV) is preparing a new management plan for the Grampians landscape, an area that covers the Grampians National Park and adjacent parks and reserves. You’ll find information on the Engage Victoria website – if you haven’t registered your interest there, do it now! As part of this […]

Memorandum of Understanding

A need has been identified by the climbing community to establish a peak governing body for climbing and mountaineering activities in Victoria. This is our commitment to work on this with other climbing clubs.

Mediation with Parks Victoria

There has been some discussion about the mediation that the CEO of PV invited the VCC to attend. This post adds some context.

Club Update

Here’s the latest update about the access situation in the Grampians. We’ll cover the ClimbForGrampians fundraiser, Meeting with minister’s advisors, Mediation with Parks Victoria, the new Climbing Federation and the upcoming Grampians management plan review

Access & Environment Officer Announcement

Dear Victorian Climbing Community On behalf of the Victorian Climbing Club, our Committee and the climbing community at large I would like to thank Tracey Skinner for 11 years of dedication and service in the role of the VCC’s Access & Environment Officer. After more than a decade in the role, Tracey has decided to […]

Grampians Access Update

Yesterday VCC/CliffCare representatives – Tracey Skinner (Access & Environment Officer), Philipp Hammes (VCC Vice President) and Paula Toal (VCC President) – met with Simon Talbot and other Parks Victoria (PV) staff. This is an update about this meeting.


The VCC/CliffCare and the Grampians Access Working Group (GAWG) thank you for your patience. To say ‘there has been a lot going on behind the scenes’ is an understatement. And we understand that it may feel like nothing is happening. We are working on it. There will be a more extensive community update shared soon, […]

ARGUS Editor Vacancy

Do you want to edit Argus? About the job The position involves approximately 10-15 hours work per month and includes collecting articles and photos, keeping in touch with club members and the broader climbing community to keep abreast of news, writing the odd article and putting it all together. Packing several hard copies of Argus […]

The Wilderness Shop CLUB BUYING NIGHT

One of our sponsors, The Wilderness Shop in Box Hill, is holding a CLUB BUYING Night. This is an annual event at which VCC members can get great bargains. The Wilderness Shop holds a one-night-only VIP night for club members around Victoria to enjoy 20% off storewide. Where: The Wilderness Shop, 969 Whitehorse Rd, Box […]

The Wilderness Shop Annual Sale – October 2018

One of our sponsors, The Wilderness Shop in Box Hill, is holding their Annual Sale. VCC members can use their VCC Membership Cards to obtain 20% off gear.  When: Thursday 25th October 2018  (Note the date correction) Where: The Wilderness Shop, 969 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill. Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm VCC Members (and any friends […]

CliffCare Working Bee: Mt Arapiles/Djurite Planting Weekend

Saturday 9th June at 9:00am What are we planting this time? –  20 x White Cypress Callitris glaucophylla –  10 x Port Jackson Pine Callitris rhomboidea –  20 x Drooping Sheoak Allocasuarina stricta –  20 x Yellow Gum Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp leucoxylon –  3 x Wallowa Acacia calamifolia All gathered seed from Mt Arapiles and […]

Summer Boulder Ladder ’18 Final – Northcote

The Northside Summer Boulder Ladder Final will be held at Northcote Northside Boulders on Friday 16th March from 4:30pm. Come along and try the new problems – the whole gym is being reset. Over $2000 worth of prizes. Entry is $10, with $5 being donated to Cliffcare. Have a great time and support Cliffcare!

The Wilderness Shop VIP Buying Night

One of our sponsors, The Wilderness Shop in Box Hill, is holding a VIP Buying Night. VCC members can use their VCC Membership Cards to obtain 20% off gear. Just in time for your Easter Climbing Trip. When: Tuesday 20th March 2018 Where: The Wilderness Shop, Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm VCC […]

Goatfest 2018

Climbing Film Festival Saturday 31st March  6:00pm Arapiles Community Theatre Films, Food, Fun times and Prizes. All monies raised go to the Arapiles Community Theatre, which brings us great events such as the Nati Frinj. Goatfest is still wanting more films, including anyone interested in making their ‘directional debut’. So let your artistic inner self […]

The Wilderness Shop Annual Sale

The Wilderness Shop Annual Sale is scheduled for Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November 2017.   VCC members have been invited the exclusive pre-sale evening on: Thursday 16th November 5.00pm to 9.00pm. All stock will be a minimum 20% OFF (normally 10% off for club members). In addition there will be hundreds of other specials […]

Reel Rock 2017 Melbourne

REEL ROCK Film Tour 2017 is hosted proudly by Bogong Equipment at The Astor Theatre, St Kilda. 21st November    7:00pm For one night only, join Melbourne’s climbing community in a social film night. Kick back and take in the year’s best climbing films on the big screen. Join us for climbers’ biggest night out […]

Wilderness Shop – VIP Buying Night 4th April

One of our sponsors, The Wilderness Shop, is holding a VIP Buying Night. VCC members can use their VCC Membership Cards to obtain 20% off gear. Just in time for your Easter Climbing Trip. When: 4th April 2017 Where: The Wilderness Shop, Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm To download or print the […]

North Walls Indoor Climbing Gym – Now Open

Melbourne’s latest Climbing Gym, North Walls, has finally opened. Situated in the heart of Brunswick, there is excellent public transport access. Melbourne climbers have never had it so good for training facilities and variety in route setting! North Walls has feature walls by Walltopia, a world-leader in climbing wall manufacturing.   Address: Unit 3, 17-19 Hope St, Brunswick […]

Vertical Life Print Issue Vol 2

Final days to order your copy. Get in and order before it’s too late! It’s time for another beautiful collector’s Print Edition of Vertical Life – Australia’s premiere climbing magazine. That’s 144 pages (+ covers) of reading pleasure on thick matte stock: the best stories and photos from the eight issues through 2014–15, plus a […]

Annual General Meeting – Thursday 15th September 2016

The VCC Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 15th September at The Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford. The meeting will start at 7:30pm in the Carringbush Room. Meals and drinks available. The AGM will feature all the usual AGM Reports, Voting for the new Committee, Reports and Speeches. And this year the highlight will […]

VCC Mountaineering Program 2016

There’s a whole magical world out there: mountain life! We want to give you an idea of what mountaineering is about, where its beauty lies and why it is so addictive. Like climbing on rocks, mountaineering is an activity requiring a mix of skills. In the past many successful rock-climbers like Brigitte Koch, Alex Honnold […]

2016 Wilderness Shop 20% Club Buying Night

The Wilderness Shop is having its once a year 20% OFF club buying night and we would like to invite your club. Details are as Follows: 20% OFF all stock*. The Wilderness Shop 969 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill Thursday 21st April. 6pm to 8:30pm. Food and drink will be provided. The sale night is not […]

This Wednesday – On the rock with Monique and Simon

Thought you’d missed out, we are told there are a handful of tickets remaining for this Wednesday. Catch Monique Forestier and Simon Carter on their exciting tour when they visit Melbourne. Not sure if you’ve heard of Monique Forestier, but in the world of inspirational rock climbers she is top notch! She’s one of Australia’s […]

Banff 2016

GET YOUR TIX BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE Tickets to the 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival Australian tour are selling out fast. This year’s tour is jam packed with insane powder, breathtaking scenery, awesome mountain biking, courageous climbing and inspirational adventures. Featuring a specially curated selection of films from the recent Banff Mountain Film Festival in […]

2015 Cliffcare Raffle Winners

This year’s winning ticket numbers are: Bayside Rock 6 month memberships: 3000 0967 $500 Bogong voucher: 5822 Roos with a View weekend accomodation: 1175 Beal Opera Rope from Sea to Summit: 4291 Breathe Pilates 10 class multipass: 1759 Mount Zero Log Cabins weekend accomodation for 2: 5633 Hardrock 10 visit pass: 5762 5660 1713 5761 […]

New website

Welcome to the VCC’s new web site thanks to a dedicated band of volunteers Tim Lucas, Josh Bassett, Andrew Clark and Hywel Rowlands. The site has been developed free of charge and we are stoked with the result. We hope you like it. We look forward to improving and updating the site over the coming […]

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