Trip Report: Solid as a Rock
by Carolyn Ellis
The Christmas break gave us an opportunity to head to Melbourne for a holiday that would include beach time, alpine tramping and rock climbing. While the beach was great and the alpine tramping (climbing the highest peak of the Victorian Alps – Mt Bogong) was fun, it was the few days we spent at the Arapiles which proved to be the highlight for adults and kids alike. The vast array of climbs from super-easy to mindblowingly impossible meant we had a ball!
The area provides challenges for all levels of climbers – all within a short walk of the camping area. We enjoyed climbing on the solid rock and found the long Grade 9 – Grade 15 climbs a lot of fun. The area wasn’t overly busy – often it’s too hot over Christmas / New Year to attract too many climbers. We were lucky that the hottest day of 42 degrees occurred as we drove out from Melbourne. The days we were climbing there was a nice breeze to cool things down.
The guidebook we’d purchased not only included good info about a lot of the routes but also what time of the day the different faces would be in shade. That’s not something we’d considered before but pretty necessary given the likelihood of hot weather over summer.
One thing we all agreed on was that we’ll be back to spend more time at the Arapiles in the future.
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