It is with shock and confusion that Australia’s climbing community has received news from Parks Victoria about substantial access bans to thousands of climbs in the Grampians National Park and Arapiles, including several world-class climbing areas including Taipan Wall.
A new draft Management Plan has been published by Parks Victoria in late 2020 and this document proposes to completely ban bouldering as an activity and only allow access to 22% of roped climbing areas. We need YOUR HELP by sending a submission to Parks Victoria stating your disagreement to the proposed plan and it’s massive loss to the rock climbing community. You have until the 24th of January 2021 – please act now!
Climbers are absolutely supportive of protecting sites with cultural heritage but banning access to widescale areas without cause is unreasonable, excessive, and unenforceable. The Grampians climbing ban has been brought in without consultation, and without giving the climbing community the opportunity to respond to concerns.
Climbers are generally extremely respectful of cultural values, and tread lightly on the environment, and as such feel grossly mistreated by Parks Victoria.
There are complex issues at play, and this site will hopefully shed some light on the complexities from both sides, and what climbers can do in response.
Please check these posts for the latest updates:
- Management Plan Submissions – You have until 24th January!
- Climber’s survey – Have your say
- Off the Charts – the real route losses in the Grampians
- New Management Plan Revealed – Only 22% of routes open to climbing, Permits required, Bouldering decimated
- Hollow Words – PV Ignores Tourist Damage at Aboriginal Site
Alex Honnold, possibly the most influential climber in the world:
“The Grampians might have the best rock on Earth (a claim that I’ve heard in many places around the world, but is probably true in the Grampians)”