Grampians Climbing Chronology

There has been over 20 books written about rock-climbing in the Grampians
Early Grampians climbing history from 1960s VCC climbing guidebook
1960s ascent of Blimp at Bundaleer
  • Pre 1950s: Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people live amoung and most likely climbed on many of the major rock formations
  • 1952: First recorded roped rock-climbing in the Grampians. Twin Chimneys on The Chimney Pots, Victoria Range by Eric Webb.
  • 1956: First mention of Victorian Climbing Club climbing in the Grampians with a trip to The Fortress.
  • 1958: First climbs on Mackeys Peak in Halls Gap are established.
  • 1958: Aboriginal caves “discovered” (by Europeans) in the Billywing, Glenisla.
  • 1960: Catwalk (15) established on the Chimney Pots by VCC
  • 1961: Mt Rosea’s Mixed Climb (12) is established by George Clover and Greg Lovejoy
  • 1964: Bundaleer is established as a climbing area with aid ascent of The Ogive
  • 1965: Briggs Bluff in the Mt Difficult Range is first climbed
  • 1965: Mt Stapylton is established as a climbing area by Melbourne University club
  • 1966: Taipan Wall’s first route established by Ian Guild & Mike Stone – The Seventh Pillar (16 M4)
  • 1968: First guidebook to rockclimbing in the Grampians is published
  • 1969: First ascent of Blimp (19 M1) at Bundaleer by Bruno Zielke
  • 1972: Black Ian’s Rocks established as climbing area
  • 1974: The “Best Line in Australia” – Passport to Insanity at The Fortress is first aid climbed
  • 1976: A rock wallaby reported in the Red Rock area of Victoria Range
  • 1976: Mt Fox is established as a climbing area.
  • 1977: Technical Ecstasy (19) established at Stapylton by Glenn Tempest & Lindorff
  • 1978: Manic Depressive (24) at Bundaleer established by Greg Child
  • 1979: Twentieth Century Fox (20) at Mt Fox established by Chris Baxter
  • 1980: Asses Ears is established as a climbing area
  • 1981: Heatherlie Quarry closes down
  • 1982: The Ogive (28) at Bundaleer is free climbed by Kim Carrigan
  • 1982: Sandinista Wall is established as climbing area with first ascent of Sandinista (23) by Kevin Lindorff
  • 1983: Angular Perspective (28), arguably the Grampians first sport route, is established by Malcolm Matheson at Bundaleer
  • 1983: Many areas around Gilhams Crags and Slander Gully established as climbing areas
  • 1984: The Great Divide (27) at Taipan Wall established by Kim Carrigan
  • 1984: Eagles Head has first hard routes added by Geoff Wiegand and Louise Shepherd (grade 27)
  • 1984: Grampians National Park is declared
  • 1985: Summerday Valley has many new easy routes established
  • 1986: Passport to Insanity (26) at The Fortress freed by Nyrie Dodd
  • 1987: Australia’s first grade 30 outside of Arapiles is established Journey Through Nicaragua at Sandinista Wall by Malcolm Matheson –
  • 1988: Serpentine (29) first ascent on Taipan Wall by Malcolm Matheson
  • 1988: Grampians National Park Visitor Centre opened in Halls Gap
  • 1989: Touchstone Pictures (28) first ascent at Bundaleer by Glenn Tempest
  • 1989: Crag X and Red Rock Pinnacles established as climbing areas by Steve Monks (UK)
  • 1990: Brambuk Cultural Centre opens in Halls Gap
  • 1990: World Party (27) established by Andy Pollit (UK)
  • 1991: The Gallery is established as a climbing area with first ascent of Weaveworld (23) by Glenn Tempest
  • 1991: Muline is established as a climbing area with first ascent of Pocket Full of Dreams (23) by Keith Lockwood
  • 1991: Eureka Wall established as a climbing area with first ascent of Archimedes’ Principle (26) by Steve Monks (UK)
  • 1992: Van Diemen’s Land established as a climbing area
  • 1993: Millennium Caves established as a climbing area
  • 1994: Logging finally ends in Grampians National Park
  • 1994: Spurt Wall is established as a climbing area
  • 1995?: Trackside bouldering at Stapylton established giving birth to modern Grampians bouldering.
  • 1995: Navigator (21) established on slabs left of Taipan Wall
  • 1996: Nicotine (32) at The Gallery climbed by Garth Miller
  • 1996: Parks Victoria take over the management of all National Parks in Victoria
  • 1997: Groovy (28) first ascent on Taipan Wall by Richard Heap (UK)
  • 1998: Grampians Selected Climbs guidebook is published by Tempest/Mentz
  • 1998: First bolted routes established at Centurion Walls
  • 1999: Five year ban on climbing at Muline area begins to protect Rock Wallaby Habitat
  • 1999: Hollow Mountain Cave is established as an internationally famous bouldering area by Toni Lamprecht & Kem Loskot (Austria)
  • 1999: Last known Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby removed from park (could be 2001?)
  • 1999: Major bushfire in Northern Grampians decimates Stapylton Campground area
  • 1999: TheCrag online guidebook launched
  • 2000: Campground Boulders established at Stapylton
  • 2000: Plaza Strip established as summer climbing area
  • 2001: Amnesty Wall is re-established a sport climbing area with United Nations (31) by Matt Brooks being the hardest line
  • 2001: Cut Lunch Walls is established
  • 2001: Muline area re-opens to climbers
  • 2002: Red Rock Pinnacles is re-established as a moderate climbing area
  • 2003: The Tower established as a summer climbing area
  • 2003: Sentinel Cave established as a cave climbing area
  • 2003: Lost World sees extensive new routes by Malcolm Matheson
  • 2003: Grampians National Park Management Plan released
  • 2004: Wheel of Life first ascent at Hollow Mountain Cave by Dai Koyamada (Japan)
  • 2004: Crag X re-established as a climbing area with several new routes
  • 2004: Tribute & Bad Moon Rising Walls established as climbign areas
  • 2005: Flame Wall, Graham Creek, Catacombs, Band of Gypsies and Mother Buttress established as climbing areas
  • 2005: Flatiron re-established as a climbing area
  • 2006: Ruined Castle established as a climbing area.
  • 2006: Far Pavilion and Eagles Head get several new routes.
  • 2006: The Tower bouldering area is established
  • 2006: Major bushfire burns out Victoria Range & Asses Ears and forces closures of many climbing areas
  • 2007: Cave & Wave Walls established as an easy sport climbing area
  • 2008: The Ravine & Olive Caves established as summer climbing areas
  • 2009: First sport routes developed at Dreamtime
  • 2009: Grampians Bouldering guidebook published by Pearson/Webb
  • 2009: The Groove Train (33) first ascent on Taipan Wall by Ben Cossey (NSW)
  • 2010: Little Hands Cave and Weirs Creek established as climbing areas
  • 2011: Flooding affects Central Grampians and many crags are temporarily closed
  • 2011: The Sneaky Snake (33) first ascent by Lee Cossey (NSW)
  • 2012: Buandik bouldering gets international attention
  • 2012: West Flank re-established as a summer climbing area
  • 2013: Grampians Sport Crags guidebook published
  • 2013: Mirage 2nd pitch (32) established on Taipan Wall by Quentin Chastagnier (France)
  • 2014: Major bushfire in Northern Grampians forces closure of entire of Northern Grampians including Taipan Wall and surrounding areas
  • 2014: Halls Gap bouldering is established with Bleachers and Land of the Giants
  • 2014: Clean Cut Walls established in the Victoria Range
  • 2014: Black Ian’s Rock new routes cause controversy with Traditional Owners
  • 2015: The Old Dog (34) established on Taipan Wall by Alex Megos (Germany)
  • 2015: Spanish Galleon established as a climbing area
  • 2016: Native Title claim lodged over Grampians/Gariwerd National Park
  • 2016: Crag X has new routes added
  • 2016: Grampians Bouldering Guidebook Version 2 is published
  • 2017: Grampians Bouldering Festival
  • 2017: Easy sport routes added to Halls Gap Town Cliffs
  • 2017: Wildebeest Wall established as a climbing area
  • 2017: The Great Affair (33) established on Taipan Wall by Nalle Hukkatival (USA)
  • 2018: Doritos Wall established as a climbing area
  • 2018: Orbital Drift (32) is established at Crag X by Doug McConnell (NSW)
  • 2018: New route moratorium proposed by VCC CliffCare
  • 2019: Climbing bans announced by Parks Victoria across 30% of the park

Assist efforts in restoring access to world renowned climbing areas in the Grampians National Park