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The Grampians Rock Climbing 

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The Grampians National Park, (also known by its Aboriginal name Gariwerd) is a long mountain range that stretches through Victoria about 250 km north of Melbourne. The largest centrally located town is that of Halls Gap, but Horsham is also near the northern reaches of the range. Mount Arapiles sits alone like the coccyx of the spine of mountains, but those who have visited the Mount will find a significantly different climbing experience in the Gramps.

The rock there is sandstone, but it is often of a softer variety than that of Arapiles. However, there are bullet-hard swaths of rock throughout the range that offer superb climbing. These areas are often spread out, and in extreme cases there are singular climbs that require completely independant approaches. The Gramps reward those who are willing to explore, however, and my experiences there have left indelible marks in my memories.

Because of its geographics, a central camp at Mount Arapiles, Mount Stapylton, or near Bundaleer & Rosea will serve a visiting climber well. There is much ongoing route development and tons of potential for new routes. An equal mix of sport and trad routes grace the often steep walls and caves that are common in the area.

Rest days can be spent hiking and exploring hidden waterfalls and Aboriginal artwork.

Getting There 

Approaches vary significantly depending on the region to be visited, but the park lies north of Melbourne.

Climbing Season

For the Australia area.

Weather station 19.3 miles from here

37 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Grampians

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Grampians:
Return to Gariwerd   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Camp of the Emu's Foot Road
Chain of Fools   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   The Gallery
Serpentine   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   Mount Stapylton Amphitheatr... : The Taipan Wall
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Featured Route For The Grampians
Rock Climbing Photo: There is a good reason it is a black streak

Taser 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  Australia : The Grampians : ... : Olive Caves
The stunning black streak in the south cave. A big move to get going and then plenty of great climbing to come. Beware, it is THE water drainage for the area. If it looks shiny from the road and there has been much of any rain recently it may be SOAKING wet. After 3 trips out there I had to give up on THE climb I really wanted to do in my month in the Gariwerd....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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