South Grampians

MARCH 2014 All areas open

UPDATE 1ST JANUARY, 2014 – Access to all  previously closed climbing areas – with the exception of those along the Emu Foot track – are now possible. All the roads are open. Please remember though that these areas have been impacted by fire, so treat and tread in the areas with care. Follow the established tracks, many of which have been marked and delineated. If you do come across and area or track which is severely eroded please email me at cliffcare@vicclimb.org.au. These climbers tracks are maintained by VCC/CliffCare and the climbing community and it helps if we can repair or stabilize a track before too much damage is done. At early stages, the solution is often easily and quickly done. As noted above, the cliffs along the Emu Foot Track area are still closed due to the area being the most severely burnt. The ground is still very sensitive so we are asking climbers to respect these closures and give enough time for regrowth to establish itself. UPDATE 25TH OCTOBER, 2013 – Many of the climbing areas previously out of bounds because of the Victoria Range fires are now accessible. Much of the access did hinge on the roads being closed and the listed roads below are now open which means that any of the cliffs accessible from them are open for climbing. Red Rock Road is still closed while it undergoes some final work but hopefully reopening shouldn’t be too far off. You are still able to access the cliffs along that road though by walking in from the Anderson Road intersection. The cliffs in the Camp of the Emu Foot track area are still out of bounds. This particular area was burnt the worst and the ground really needs time to recover before it is opened to any kind of foot traffic. These cliffs include Eureka Wall, Lost World, Red Sail, Weirs Creek. Rather than listing every single cliff that is open, the roads and walking tracks below will govern what is open for climbing. If you are not sure, drop me a line and I will let you know The following roads, walking tracks and visitor sites are now open: Harrops Track Billywing Road Syphon Road Northern end of Sawmill Track Victoria Range Track Goat Track Buandik Camping Ground and Picnic area Fortress walking track Ingleton Springs Picnic area Glenelg River Road Chimney Pots Walking Track The following walking tracks and roads will remain closed until further works are completed: Billimina walking track Red Rock Road (you can access cliffs on Red Rock road by parking and walking in from Andersons Road) Matthews Track Strachans Campground Manja Walking track Update 30th August 2013 – Please read report here for Victoria Range changes and closures 25/7/13 – Victoria Range access update and workday volunteer request. Sunday 4th August. Please read the Access report linked here for full details but for a much abridged version here are some estimated times for reopenings. Do note that this is weather dependant for PV because of the work they need to do. We also need to get in there and do some track marking. Third time lucky. please drop me a line. Volunteers are very slim at this point in time. Muline, Red Rocks area – start of August Gallery/Buandik area – start of August The Fortress. Chimney Pots – end August Camp of Emu Foot Track area cliffs – minimum 1 year. Due to fires in the Grampians much of the Southern Grampians is currently closed. See here for the report Grampians_Fire_Update and Map June 2013 as to what is closed. Please respect all closures.There are numerous other places in the park to climb that are open. Closures are in place for a variety of reasons. CliffCare is working with Parks Victoria to reopen climbing areas as soon as possible. If you are keen on getting an area reopened, help out when the call for volunteers goes out.

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