Grampians Climbing Chronology

There has been over 20 books written about rock-climbing in the Grampians
  • Pre 1890s: Djab Wurrung and Jardwadjali people live among and most likely climbed on many of the major rock formations
  • 1890s Tourists flock to Grampians for rock scrambling and summiting of major formations.
  • 1910s: First recorded roped climbing at Mackey’s Peak and Grand Canyon. Grade 11.
  • 1952: The birth of “modern” climbing with an ascent of 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
  • 1975: First recorded route at Summer Day Valley on Left Wall
  • 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: Major bushfire in Northern Grampians decimates Stapylton Campground area
  • 1999: TheCrag online guidebook launched
  • 1999: Parks Victoria builds walking track to The Gallery
  • 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: Last known Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby removed from park
  • 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

Climbers on Elephants Hide at Venus Baths 1890s
Early Grampians climbing history from 1960s VCC climbing guidebook
1960s ascent of Blimp at Bundaleer

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