May8 ClimbForGrampians

Today is the day people! ClimbForGrampians. All the listed climbing businesses in Victoria and South Australia have come together to help raise funds and awareness around the access work happening for the Grampians. Get on down to one of the gyms or buy yourself something nice. Today is also the official launch date of the ACCESS IS NO ACCIDENT – CliffCare Education Project. This is not just about the Grampians. This is about what we need to do as a user group for sustainable climbing into the future in the Grampians or wherever else we may climb. CliffCare would like to extend a huge thanks to all who have been involved in organizing this and the accompanying education campaign launch of posters and workshops and to all the climbers taking part

ACCESS IS NO ACCIDENT. Developed by Tracey Skinner (@CliffCare), Simon Madden & Ross Taylor (@verticallifemag), Florence Seow & Indie Ladan (@northsideboulders), the campaign highlights actions that you can take to minimise your impact as a climber on the environment and help protect your access to crags. Along with the poster launch there will be workshop sessions at a number of gyms on crag etiquette. The workshops have been developed by Florence Seow, they are free and run by volunteers.

For every person who climbs at one of the participating gyms listed below, $5 will be donated to CliffCare.

Show up and show your support!

See below for a list of participating gyms and details. Each participating gym’s in-house event activities may vary. Contact the gym for further details.

Participating Venues:
Adelaide’s Bouldering Club

Bayside Rock

Bogong Equipment*

Cliffhanger Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Climbing Anchors*

Gravity Worx

Hardrock Climbing

The Lactic Factory

Northside Boulders

North Walls Indoor Climbing

The Rock Adventure Centre

Urban Climb Collingwood

The Wilderness Shop*

9 Degrees Lane Cove
*Participating retailers donating %10 of retail sales revenue.


All rights reserved © 2019 CliffCare. Illustration by Indie Ladan of Northside Boulders. Content by Tracey Skinner, Simon Madden, Ross Taylor and Florence Seow.


Access & Environment report May 2017

Central Gully Repair Project is travelling along nicely. Walter Braun has been at the mount a number of times working by himself or with someone else he has managed to recruit for a day of volunteer work. Cameron Abraham, Steve Monks and Steve Findlay have helped shift rocks via the power barrow. And a cast of thousands helped out on a working bee on 1st April. Awesome turn out and a huge thanks to all who gave up a few hours of their time. This really makes the difference about getting the project finished in a decent time frame. The power barrow can bring the rocks to a certain point on the old track and then humans need to carry the rocks down. Most of the last rock pile at the top had been carried down to the intersection where the new track benching starts. This work day had the volunteers moving the rocks down the new track site so that Walter could start creating the hardening of the track. We are almost ready for a new load of rocks to be delivered – so we can start the process all over again. Stay tuned!

This Saturday 10th June (Queens Birthday long weekend) sees another working bee. This time it’s the revegetation of the Pines campground and beyond. Ollie Sherlock has been doing a brilliant job of growing and nurturing the little treelings from the seed collected at the mount. We will be supplementing these plants with some others sourced from the local nursery. Predominantly in the Pines campground but we also have a number of other sites where we will plant. See the details below and please rock up at 9.00 to give a hand. Those who have already contacted, you will receive a confirmation email shortly.

Fabulous work climbing community! All of this work will last for years to come and help manage the impact that our ever growing numbers have on the sites.

Central Gully

Central Gully Walking Track Repair Project kicked off at Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park on Saturday, 7th May. Walter Braun, legendary stone mason, guided a small team of volunteers from the Victorian Climbing Club / CliffCare and Friends of Arapiles in the first stages of this partnership project with Parks Victoria. It will take quite a few more working bees over the next couple of years and some more fundraising but we are confident that the end result will be as magnificent as the Pharos Gully track which was recently completed by the same groups at the park. On this first work day, a temporary access track for the power wheel barrow to ferry supplies was established. The Central Gully walking track remains open whilst the works are undertaken. Please continue to use the old track and stay off the temporary access track. You can help be donating to either Friends of Arapiles  which has a donation box near the Pines campground toilets or online at Cliffcare  here or volunteering for a working bee – Follow the project and updates via and Facebook CliffCare Victoria.

See here for the project and its progress


Walter Braun


Cameron Abraham & Walter


Steve Monks


Steve Findlay




Pharos Gully Track Official Opening – Saturday 6th June, 2015

I know many of you have hauled a rock or two or even three. I know your forearms burned and your biceps felt like they would burst. And you thought to yourselves – not another working bee! When will this track ever be finished. And now it is! All good projects must have a good official opening. So on Saturday 6th June, we will be toasting the project and all involved. Come along to the Pharos Gully carpark where we will cut the climbers sling, have a drink, eat some cake and mutter a few words of big thanks to all involved.


Pharos Gully Track Repair Project Complete! Pats on the back all around.

Walter Braun, Stonemason,fitting the last rock in place.

Walter Braun, Stonemason,fitting the last rock in place.

Approximately 6 years down the line from the start of the project, the final rocks were put in place, and the Pharos Gully Track is now complete. This was a mammoth undertaking in a collaboration between CliffCare, Friends of Arapiles and Parks Victoria. Our artist in residence – anyone who has seen and walked the track will know what I mean – was Walter  Braun. Walter is a climber and stonemason whom we employed to build the track. The rocks, of which the majority we had to bring onto the site were carried over the years by well over 1000 people. CliffCare and the Victorian Climbing Club would like to take this opportunity to thank Walter for his amazing work and to all the volunteers who believed the speel of ‘Take your training to a new level. Haul a rock’. We love you all and can’t thank you and your muscles enough. Peter Hawker the ranger at the park was also an integral part of this project and helped in whatever way he could along the way.  Huge thanks also to our fellow collaborators – Friends  of Arapiles and Parks Victoria. One word people. Teamwork.

I will have another article soon on the project, that gives a little more detail on project costs, volunteer hours and project timeline. Along with pictures along the years. Stay tuned.

Walter, and Peter who was also on hand to move a few rocks on the last day.

Walter, and Peter who was also on hand to move a few rocks on the last day.

Walter explaining how large the fish was that got away. That or the size of the rock he needs Peter to haul for him.

Walter explaining how large the fish was that got away. That or the size of the rock he needs Peter to haul for him. Actually, I think he may be crux miming.

Thanks to Acacia Rose and Peter from K7 Adventures for being on  hand to take the photographic evidence of finished project.

A&E Report August. North Grampians August working bees announced.

Volunteers Needed!

It’s a long post but please read through. Info for climbers and boulderers alike.

I have been collaborating with David Witham from the Grampians Walking Track Support Group and Tammy Schoo at Parks Victoria on finalizing dates for the North Grampians working bees.

Dates have been set for the first of the working bees in the North Grampians climbing areas. Please drop me a line at as soon as possible to register your availability for your preferred date. I will be sending out more details once I have a list of people. We are really hoping for a good turnout for these days. Gives us a much better chance of getting some climbing in the area come the September holidays!

Wed 20th August  – Tree risk and vegetation clearing works at Stapylton Amphitheatre, Summerday Valley and Andersons. Working with David, our chainsaw guy, this day requires only a couple of extra workers.

Thursday 21st August – Stapylton Ampitheatre. Grey/ Green Walls Rehab track works and belay area delineation.  Also any required works around the Taipan area. Possible start on some works in the Summerday Valley/Bark Wall area. Enough people for two or more groups would be good.

Saturday 23rd August – Bark Wall (Summerday Valley area) rock works.  Also other veg clearing, abseil area delineation works. Enough people for two groups would be beneficial. As this is a weekend working bee, there will also be a VCC trip run in conjunction with it. Working bee on the Saturday and climbing on the Sunday (location to be confirmed) So if you are wanting to help out and also find a climbing partner for Sunday this could be a good option. You are also welcome to just be part of the working bee.

Some food and beverage will be supplied on these work days and start time  will be 9.30am.

Along with David Witham from the Grampians Walking Track Support Group, CliffCare is also trying to raise some funds to put towards the track work of the climbing areas. Please make a donation – every little bit helps and this money can be dedicated towards just the North Grampians climbing track works. Just make a note in the Special Message part of the donation process – North Grampians. This will ensure that your donation is just directed at these works. Your donation is also tax deductible! You can donate here

There is also the possibility of another working day or two in September should we need it. Especially in respect to some of the bouldering areas in the North Gramps. The PV team at Halls Gap would like  to get some of the tracks into these areas delineated and are contemplating the idea of some of them being a bit more formalized. The team are really keen to get the bouldering community on board with this so I am aiming to organize a small group to meet either late this week or early next to visit the site and have some discussion on what they think might work for tracks between these areas. I will be contacting some of you that I already know but if you think that you might be available on a weekday to come along and to have a say on bouldering in the Northern Grampians please drop me a line. This will also be an opportunity for discussion on the future of bouldering in the Grampians National Park. This is also something that the team I have been working with at Halls Gap PV are really keen to start dialogue on. With bouldering and new development occurring throughout the park, it is important that we have these discussions to avoid any issues with sensitive areas in the Grampians. Moving forward with a sustainable plan for the future and having the climbing community involved and on board with it means a much more successful outcome for both sides.

A new rock drain in Summerday Valley. The drain is actually the old walking track which  now acts as the main drainage through the site.

A new rock drain in Summerday Valley. The drain is actually the old walking track which now acts as the main drainage through the site.

So lots to take on board and I look forward to receiving emails of volunteer availability for the upcoming working bees

CliffCare Project Volunteers Required – Work Day and Banff film festival


Two opportunities to help out with some CliffCare projects coming up. Have a read and drop me a line

First up – Next weekend Saturday 23rd, March

Walter our ever faithful stonemason who is constructing the dry stonework track and staircase in the Pharos Gully is looking to start working his magic again this year. We moved a good few rocks or more last weekend with the power carrier as far as we could but we now need some more people to jump on the stretchers and move some rocks up to where Walter is working. The usual deal. Pick up a rock, put it in the stretcher and join your fellow stretcher members in a little light hauling. Half an hour or so is all that’s expected of each person. More people = spread the load.
And to celebrate the first one of the year, there will be a bbq for all volunteers.

Where: Meet Pharos Gully Tourist Track intersection. This is lower Pharos, not the summit
When: 4pm – 6pm – Sat 23rd March
What: wear closed toe shoes and bring your water

Ideally, it would be great if you could let me know if you are planning to attend and if possible what time you could rock up. Helps me to roster people efficiently on the stretchers.  Also, for catering purposes – I would hate to run out of snags. let me know if you are carnivore or vegetarian or vegan

And secondly – Banff Movie Festival Bar Volunteers

CliffCare will be running the fundraising bar at the festival over the 4 evenings and 1 matinee session.  Those who went to the Radical Reels festival late last year will remember us serving your drinks and being run off our feet This time we have more sessions so we need more volunteers. It’s a pretty good deal actually. You help us by serving a few drinks before the show and then at the 20 minute intermission. In turn for doing this, you get to see the movies, have refreshments and if you don’t already have an RSA(responsible service of alcohol) certificate then we will pay the certificate fees. You just need to do a short 3 hour course. Great to have, and needed if you want to work in bars, restaurants etc. And it will cost you nothing! It’s great fun – we all had a ball doing it last year.

Dates are: Wed 19, Thurs 20, Fri 21 & Sat 22 June.  On the 22nd there is also a matinee screening starting at 3:30pm.
Time: 6pm – 10pm  Volunteer serving time 1.5 hrs + 20 mins

If you can help but are only available for the starting session or intermission, please let me know.
The sooner you can let me know if you are available the easier it will be for me to roster efficiently.