Grampians Access: New Maps from Parks Victoria

Love climbing? Get your subscription to Vertical Life here. Yesterday afternoon Parks Victoria (PV) released maps (see at bottom) showing the full extent of new Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in the Grampians National Park/Gariwerd. The newly outlined areas, combined with the already identified areas in the Victoria Range, are extensive and cover many of the best and most popular climbing areas in the Park. Technically climbing is not allowed in SPAs. In this new information from Parks Victoria there is no change to what…

Grampians access: What is happening?

Some climbers have expressed concern or confusion about who the people or organisations are that are representing climbers’ interests. As a user-group, we’ve flown under the radar for a long time, which has meant we’ve had a lot of freedom, equally it means that we’re not very well prepared for an event such as the banning of climbing in some areas in the Grampians. However, that situation is changing, and there are a lot of people very busily working to…

Climbing Bans in the Grampians

On Tuesday this week various members of the climbing community, including representatives of the Victorian Climbing Club, Western Victoria Climbing Club and others, met with Parks Victoria. There we were informed that eight areas in the western Grampians are going to be closed to climbers. In the next two weeks, signs will be put at the closed areas and the closures will be policed with fines. We were not given the specifics of what areas are to be closed or…

DMM Tour Down Under

DMM is coming across the globe from Wales with a bunch of its toys for all climbers to try or test out – at the crag or at the gym this November (see the event list below with links to each event’s Facebook page). Come along and join in the fun of who can place gear the fastest challenge, plus DMM will have a pull testing machine to break your old gear or stuff you have found at the crag (except at the…

Cash Prizes in Climbing Competitions

Western Australia is a pretty long way from the person-choked urban centres on the East Coast, but if you’re a comp climber you just got some added incentive to fly West. On 18 August, Portside Boulders is throwing a comp with cash on the line – for Open As there’s a grand for the winners, $750 for second place and $500 to round out the podium. Not to be sneezed at. The lure of money led us here at VL to…

Tom Oh’s new hard route at Elphinstone

Tom O’Halloran has just clipped the chains on his project at Elphinstone and in the process finished off The Milkbar (34), what sounds like an outrageous route. We thought we’d speak to him about the history of the line and the how it finally went down. Enjoy, we reckon he is insightful, hilarious and gets your salivary glands shooting out climbing froth right in time for Easter. Images by Kamil Sustiak Congratulations on climbing The Milkbar P2, can you tell us about the route? When…

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