The Western Victoria Climbing Club was formed in Ballarat in 1983. Our aim is to:
assist climbers in country Victoria to meet others living in the region with similar climbing interests, whether it be indoor or outdoor climbing; bouldering, trad or sport, multi or single pitch, rock or snow and ice, and to get together socially to climb on day trips and extended camps.
provide a voice for country Victorian climbers to peak bodies with regards access to climbing areas;
promote safe, respectful and environmentally sustainable climbing amongst the climbing community based in country Victoria
Whilst the Club is not able to teach you how to climb outdoors, we do commit to providing an environment in which to develop your techniques.
We welcome climbers of all levels, from beginners to advanced, at our club events. These events range from trips to a gym, day trips to local crags, and weekend and week-long “base camps” at places like Arapiles, Gariwerd/Grampians and Mt Buffalo.
Monthly weekend “base camps” are held on the second weekend of the month throughout the year. Dates and venues can be found on our calendar here.
For those in the Ballarat area, the club also meets weekly on Tuesday nights from 6:30pm at Friction Bouldering. A discount for entry applies to WVCC members at this event.
Other events are organised on an ad hoc basis by club members. These are advertised on our Club Calendar and members are advised via email.
If you are thinking of joining, then come along to one of our weekly bouldering sessions at Friction Bouldering, or contact the club (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make yourself known and meet a few current members before signing up.
If you have never climbed outdoors, then we recommend you get introductory lessons from a qualified climbing instructor before coming on a club trip. You will also need your own personal climbing gear, as the club does not own or provide it. As a minimum, you will need shoes, harness, helmet, belay device, slings, and a couple of locking gate carabiners. Over time, and as you develop in your climbing, you will need to purchase your own rope and rock protection.
Why Become a Member of the WVCC
It is often difficult for climbers living outside Melbourne or major metropolitan centres to find climbing partners. The main aim of the WVCC is to overcome this difficulty. The principal benefit of membership for country Victorian climbers is that you can go to a club event knowing that you will have someone to climb with who you have confidence in as a climbing partner.
Other benefits include:
a wide range of club trips – regular gym sessions as well as day, weekend, and extended trips across Victoria, inter-State and potentially internationally.
discounts with sponsors
a voice on crag access through our representation on the Climbing Victoria Advisory Council (CVAC)
Please note: the WVCC has a compulsory helmet policy for rock climbing outdoors.