Overview:

Is Arapiles the best crag in the world? It is often referred to as just that. Come experience it and judge for yourself! We will have the opportunity to explore the complex topography of Mount Arapiles, choosing between crack climbing, face climbing, aretes, slabs, overhangs, and more.

While out climbing, we are likely to see kangaroos, wallabies, colorful parrots and possibly even more exotic wildlife! We also have a visit to a wildlife rescue center planned, which will give us an opportunity to get up close and personal with many native animals such as wombats, koalas and the Tasmanian devil.

Heading south to Port Campbell, enjoy a sunset along the Great Ocean Road (don’t forget your camera!). Next, we’re off to Tasmania! We stay in the capital city of Hobart an incredibly beautiful setting, filled with fascinating history and tasty treats.

While in Tasmania, you’ll have a chance to climb at the Organ Pipes, with views over the city, or perhaps at sea cliffs farther afield. And we can’t forget to climb the mighty Moai! Rising out of the Tasman Sea, this dramatic finger of rock is remote, wild, and a blast! It’s a must if you love desert tower climbing.

When you’re done, you may not want to return from Down Under! Want to learn more? See a detailed sample itinerary in the tab above.

Prerequisites:

Must have multi-pitch rock climbing experience, and ability to follow 5.8.

Duration:

13 Days

Maximum Ratio:

6:2

Minimum Age:

18

Meeting location:

Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Details:

Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I book my flights?

The best outcome is for all of us to be on the same flight over to Melbourne, or arriving at a similar time, so your guide will contact you to help facilitate that.

Do I need special chargers/plugs for my phone, camera or laptop?

Yes, the plugs are different in Australia and you will need 1-3 adaptors to charge your electronics. These can be found on Amazon or other online outlets.

Notes:

Expedition Cancellation Policy:

  • A 50% deposit is required to confirm your reservation. Full balance is required 90 days before your reservation begins. A refund minus a 10% administrative fee can be issued 120 days prior to trip start. 50% will be refunded 90 to 120 days before trip start. 25% will be refunded 75 to 90 days before trip start. Inside of 75 day, no refund is available.
  • Day 1 – Arrive in Melbourne: meet and greet your guide / fellow climbers before visiting the unique sculpture garden of William Ricketts Sanctuary to stretch your legs, and then sample the local cuisine for dinner.
  • Day 2 – Drive to our lodging in Horsham or Natimuk. Stop and visit Brambuk, the National Park and Cultural Centre to learn about Aboriginal culture and the natural history of the area.
  • Day 3 – Climb! Our first taste of Mount Arapiles classics!
  • Day 4 – Climb at Arapiles, keeping our eyes open and cameras ready for exotic wildlife sightings!
  • Day 5 – Climb more classics!
  • Day 6 – Final day of climbing at the “best crag in the world.”
  • Day 7 – Travel to the seaside village of Port Campbell, take in the sunset at the Twelve Apostles along the Great Ocean Road.
  • Day 8 – Return to Melbourne along the beauty of the Great Ocean Road, fly to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania.
  • Day 9 – Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, check out the views from the summit of Mount Wellington, explore Hobart.
  • Day 10 – Climb the mighty Moai!
  • Day 11 – Climb at the Organ Pipes.
  • Day 12 – Visit a local museum. Brunch at Cultura! Fly back to Melbourne and enjoy our last night together in Australia.

Day 13 – Head back to the States, or on to your next destination …

Price Includes:

  • Rock climbing guiding, ground transportation, lodging, and entrance fees.

Price Excludes:

  • Transportation to/from Australia and domestic transfer to Tasmania
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Trip Insurance
  • Guide gratuities
  • Food & drink purchases, including alcoholic beverages
  • Expenses beyond CMS’s control
Item Description Quantity Example Purchase At Rent At Equipment Type
Approach Shoes

These are “hiking” shoes specifically made for approaching and descending from a climbing venue where scrambling is necessary, or even for climbing an entire route. They have sticky climbing rubber on the bottom and a formed fit to influence better climbing abilities while scrambling. Consider high-tops for additional ankles support if needed. Regular hiking boots or athletic shoes may be acceptable for many climbs.

1

Men: La Sportiva TX3 Men
Women: La Sportiva TX3 Wmn

 

 

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Athletic Tape

Roll of 1.5-2” tape; These are best found at rock climbing gyms or shops such as Neptune Mountaineering. Not all tape works well for climbing - gear shops have usually identified a brand that works well - the local pharmacy has not.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

 

 

Optional
Autoblock

This is a small sewn loop to assist in rappelling. The #1 choice on the market is the Sterling Hollowblock, or the Sterling Autoblock.

1

Sterling Auto Block

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Backpack: 18-25 liter

This small pack is carries one’s approach shoes, water, food, extra layers, and toilet kit on the route. This pack should close completely so that no items can fall out.

1

CAMP M2 20L

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Backpack: 35-50 liter

Packs smaller than this tend not to be able to carry the necessary amount of equipment and clothing. Large backpacking packs are acceptable, depending on the climb.

1

CAMP M4 40L

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Baselayer Bottoms

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Lightweight or mid-weight are recommended.

1

Men: Rab Merino 120 Pants
Women: Rab Merino 120 Pants

Rab Mountaineering

Clothing
Beanie/Fleece Hat

Should cover the ears and fit under a helmet. Hats with fluff balls on top do not fit under helmets.

1

Rab Logo Beanie

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Belay Gloves

Leather gloves, either full fingered or fingerless. These protect your hands from rope wear when belaying or rappelling and keep your hands warm at belays.

1

CAMP Axion

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Belay/Rappel Device

Plaquette style devices with auto-block mode are ideal.

1

CAMP Piu 2

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Chalk Bag

Holds climbing chalk, which is usually made from Magnesium Carbonate. This is the same compound that gymnasts, weightlifters, and other athletes will put on their hands in order to improve friction and grip.

1

CAMP Patabang

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Climbing Harness

UIAA/CE approved; With belay loop and gear loops. The waist belt should fit over multiple layers of clothing.

1

CAMP Laser CR

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Climbing Pants, Shorts or Capris

For all seasons, cotton, loose-fitting (or tight, stretchy) pants are usually acceptable for rock climbing. Shorts are acceptable during the summer - though shorts expose the knees and shins to abrasions. New climbers are encouraged to wear pants or capris. A synthetic material (like in softshell pants) may be required by your guide due to potential rain storms.

1

Men: Rab Vapour Rise
Women: Rab womens Vapour-rise pants

Rab Stores

Clothing
Cotton Socks

Cotton Socks are acceptable for most rock climbing days. Synthetic and merino wool socks tend to be too hot and make climber’s feet sweat excessively.

1

Point 6 Socks

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Double-length Sewn Runner

48" or 120cm. Used for rappelling, making leashes, and improvised rescue.

1-2

CAMP 11mm Express Dyneema

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ear Plugs

Sometimes fellow campers snore. Ear plugs may help you get quality rest.

1

Foam ear plugs

Optional
Headlamp

Load with fresh batteries. Critical for hiking before sunrise and great to have in the pack in case you are caught out after dark.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Lightweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Worn against the skin and is considered a "wicking" layer that facilitates the movement of moisture away from the skin and through the layers. Hooded base layers add extra versatility.

2

Men: Rab Merino 120 Long Sleeve
Women: Rab Merino 120 Long Sleeve

Rab Store

Clothing
Lip ScreenSPF 15 or higher.

Non-SPF rated lip balms can actually increase your chances of getting burned.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Locking Carabiners

Pear shaped carabiners are most versatile - screwgates or twist locks are acceptable.

2-3

CAMP Guide Lock

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Long/Short Sleeve T-shirt

Cotton &/or Synthetic/Merino Wool; Bring a variety of short-sleeve or tank tops, and a few long-sleeve. Long sleeve cotton t-shirts can be nice for the crack climbing days. Synthetic shirts are not required for rock climbing, but some may prefer the feel and quick-dry performance.

1

Rab Route Tee

Rab Store

Clothing
Midweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Adds extra warmth and protection from the cold and wind without creating a moisture barrier as a jacket would. Having at least one base layer that is hooded adds versatility, protecting the neck and ears from cold winds.

1

Men: Rab Merino 160 Hoody
Women: Rab Flux Pull-On

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Neck Gaiter

"Buffs" are quite versatile in their uses. They can be used as light beanies, neck warmers, and can offer face protection from the cold wind or sun.

1

CMS Neck Gaiter

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Nut Tool

For removing rock protection.

1

CAMP Nut Tool

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Personal Care Items

Medications, glasses/contacts, feminine products, etc.

1 Optional
Rock Climbing Helmet

UIAA/CE approved; Should be large enough to fit over a beanie. Plastic helmets are more durable, but heavier. Foam helmets are lighter, but more easily damaged when carried in a pack.

1

CAMP Titan

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Rock Climbing Shoes

Technical rock shoes are required. For beginning climbers, having a looser fit is advisable. In this case, loose means that toes are touching the front of the shoes when standing, but are not forced against the front of the shoe. In colder weather, thin socks inside climbing shoes are a great option. On long routes, rock shoes should be comfortable enough to wear for day.

1

La Sportiva TC Pro

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Smartphone

Great for taking photos and videos. Smartphone batteries tend to shut down in freezing temps - keep your phone in a warm inner layer. A tether is ideal in the mountains to protet against dropping your phone.

1 Optional
Softshell/Fleece Jacket

Water-resistant, windproof, yet it "breaths," which means it allows moisture to move through. Hoods are ideal. There are multiple thicknesses of Softshell jackets. A lightweight or medium-weight jacket is preferred. Fleece jackets are acceptable.

1

Men: Rab Alpha Direct
Women: Rab Alpha Direct

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sports Bra

Provides support and allows for full range of motion

1

North Face Beyond the Wall

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sun Hat

A billed hat to keep the sun at bay during the approach and descent.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sunglasses

"Wrap-Around" style sunglasses with 100% UV Protection.

1

Julbo Shield

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
SunscreenSPF 30 or higher.

Travel size.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Synthetic or Down Puffy Jacket

Fits over all other layers and is worn at breaks and on really cold days. Synthetic puffies are more durable, are easily laundered, and dry out quickly if wet. Down puffies are lighter weight, pack smaller, and provide exceptional warmth, but once wet, they stay wet.

1

Men: Rab Zero G
Women: Rab Electron

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Synthetic/Merino Wool Socks

Wool/Synthetic blends are great for long days on the trail. "Ski" and "Snowboard" socks are especially useful when warmth is desired.

2

Point 6 Hiking Light Crew

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Toiletries

Bring enough for the trip. Toothpaste & brush, floss, deoderant, lotion, eye drops, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.

1 Optional
Water Bottles

1 liter bottles are the standard. Bladders such as Camelbacks and Platypus are acceptable for above freezing temps, but only in conjunction with another bottle. Bladders are not acceptable during sub freezing temps. Sports drinks are also acceptable.

2

Nalgene, Hydro Flask

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Waterproof Shell Jacket

Non-insulated, Gore-Tex, Dermizax, Event, or other waterproofing system is required. Mostly, this jacket sits in the bottom of your pack and comes out when the weather gets nasty with precipitation. This jacket should fit over all other layers.

1

Men: RAB Latok
Women: RAB Women's Ladakh DV Jacket

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing

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