Category Archives: Personal Stories

Personal stories, experiences and viewpoints here.
You can also check out this new website (2020) which is a way for people to quickly share their personal stories (but we’re still happy to feature some on SGC):

Park Vic ranger’s harassment & intimidation of climbers – a personal story

you do not have to do or say anything, but anything you may say or do may be given in evidence. Do you understand that?

Not the words you expect to hear when going about a day’s climbing in the Grampians…
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Ashlee Hendy – A submission from the heart

We wanted to share this story (permission obtained) from Ashlee Hendy, of Natimuk, who is a long time climber, and is super passionate about climbing, Gariwerd (Grampians), and Djurite (Arapiles). This is her submission for the GGLMP, which is a bit different and tells a personal story that we can all identify with, even if sometimes it’s hard to put those feelings into words.

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Stapylton First Hand

This is the second in a two part series where we explore the Northern Grampians and see the effects of the world’s largest climbing bans. You can read the first part about the Hollow Mountain area here. This second part deals with the Stapylton Amphitheater side, where there are currently no Special Protection Area restrictions on rock climbing (apart from Kindergarten & far left end of Northern Walls). We were particularly interested to see how the inevitable increased usage of these areas was effecting the condition of the crags. When half the sport climbing and bouldering in the Grampians was shut by Parks Victoria in February this year, it has meant some of the open areas are probably now seeing double the traffic they saw 12 months ago. This can only end badly without a conscious effort from the climbing community and PV to install erosion busting infrastructure (rock steps, belay platforms, fenced off rehab areas etc). It’s not rocket science.

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