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eddieaks


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climbing Mt.Arapiles  (Australasia: Australia: Victoria: Arapiles)
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hi,

planning to go climbing at Mt.Arapiles and camp at "The Pines Campground". do i need to pre-book the camping site? is tent available for rent at the campground?

thanks!


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No & no.

Why would you want to rent a tent when you can buy one for $30?

You going soon?


eddieaks


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hey, thanks for your reply, just in planning. :)


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Well its damn cold there at the moment.


eddieaks


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any special note for the first timer to Arapiles? how many bolt-plate that is enough for average routes?


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eddieaks wrote:
any special note for the first timer to Arapiles? how many bolt-plate that is enough for average routes?

Mount Arapiles is a traditional climbing area. There are thousands of routes there but only a handful of sport routes.

If you don't have removable protection (cams, nuts, etc) you will need to find someone to follow, or just boulder on the small number of boulders at the foot of the rock.


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kachoong


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eddieaks wrote:
hi,

planning to go climbing at Mt.Arapiles and camp at "The Pines Campground". do i need to pre-book the camping site? is tent available for rent at the campground?

thanks!

It's winter right now, so it's not going to be comfortable. Cold and wet is the norm. Just turn up for tent spots and use the honesty box to pay your two bucks per night per person, or donate to the anchor fund if the ranger isn't around.


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eddieaks wrote:
any special note for the first timer to Arapiles? how many bolt-plate that is enough for average routes?

On average you will need zero bolt plates per route. Take one in your chalk bag if you must. Any bolted climbs will most likely have brackets these days.

There are a lifetime supply of routes. Go and have fun knowing you're climbing the best rock in the world!


mikebee


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eddieaks wrote:
any special note for the first timer to Arapiles? how many bolt-plate that is enough for average routes?

Special notes:
- Buy the guide book. It's one of the best guide books you'll ever see.
- Take the time to do the classics. There are 3 star climbs (ie world class) at all grades from Aussie 5 to 32 (4th class up to 5.14a YDS). You can have a great week and not climb anything harder than 5.7.
- The "Standard" Araps rack:
2 sets of nuts (I find one set of BD (or similar) and a set of Offsets work fantastically)
One set of RPs (or other brass micro nuts)
Single set of cams from C3 #1 - C4 #3

This will get you up a good 80% of routes. Some climbs you'll want micro cams and another set of RPs, others you'll be keen for double cams in the mid sizes (BD .5 - BD1) and occasionally you'll need something bigger, but if you're pushed for luggage space, that rack described above should keep you amused for quite a while. A single 60m rope works for most routes and descents, but there are certainly occasions when a set of doubles will help out.

Carrot bolts (hangarless bolts) do exist, but they are generally being phased out, and aren't really all that common. If you're really stuck, you can use a small-med stopper instead. The guide book tends to hint if you'll need a boltplate or not.

Have fun climbing, it's a pretty addictive place.


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And read my brilliant trip report
http://www.rockclimbing.com/...t_Arapiles_1079.html

(Shameless self promotion.....)


eddieaks


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AWESOME! you guys are great and helpful. really appreciate all replies here. going to get the guidebook soon. btw, we dont have transport and planning to take train to Horsham, then catch bus to mt.arapiles. hopefully wont missed the bus.

cheers!


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