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Geerak Track

  • Grade context: AU
  • Ascents: 28

Access: Climbing restrictions may apply

ACAV Note: Parks Victoria has advised that rock climbing restrictions may apply at certain locations. Formal advice has changed several times during 2019.

Please refer to the following link for PV's current advice:

https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/grampians-national-park/plans-and-projects/rock-climbing-faq

For a list of crags in SPA areas see:

https://savegrampiansclimbing.org/the-ban/closed-areas/

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Created about a year ago - Edited 4 months ago

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Access issues inherited from Victoria Range

"Please do not add any routes (old or new) to this database for the time being."

Eight areas in the Victoria Range have been closed to climbing by Parks Victoria (announced Feb 2019). It is not clear whether the closures take effect immediately or as of the beginning of March 2019.

Closed areas are: The Gallery, Gondwanaland, Millennium, Billywing Buttress, Billimina Area, Little Hands Cave, Cave of Man Hands and Manja Area.

Approach

Geerak Track is the southern continuation of 'Harrop Track' from Glenelg River Road. The southern end becomes Carlsens Road for the last kilometre before reaching McCutcheons Road, an all weather access from the Henty 'Highway' and 'Victoria' Point. In the past this track has been in poor condition but currently (May 2010) is trafficable for its full length by a two-wheel drive vehicle. The beginning of the track at Glenelg River Road is marked by a "No Through Road" sign for some unknown reason.

The southern end of 'Geerak Track' is most easily approached from the south. Follow McCutcheons Road from either Henty 'Highway' or 'Victoria' Point Road and then take Carlsen's Road.

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Ethic inherited from Grampians

Grampians access issues have emerged due to potential damage to the environment and cultural sites. Climbers need to be aware that there are significant Aboriginal sites in the Grampians, especially in cave areas. Leave no trace and treat everything with care.

The following is a basic list of things climbers in the Grampians need to be aware of. For more detailed information visit https://www.cliffcare.org.au/education

Climber’s Code

Find out about and observe access restrictions and agreements.

Use existing access tracks to minimise erosion - don’t create rock cairns or leave marking tape.

Do not disturb nesting birds or other wildlife.

Vegetation, even on cliff faces, is protected. Wire brushing to remove mosses and 'gardening' in cracks and gullies is not permitted. Use slings to protect trees while belaying or abseiling if belay anchors are not provided.

Large groups can create problems of crowding and excessive damage around cliffs. If you plan to take a group of ten or more people climbing, you are required to register to ensure there is space.

Respect sites of geological, cultural, or other scientific interest. Don't climb near Aboriginal sites

Vehicles must stay on roads open to the public; off-road driving is illegal.

Do not leave any rubbish - take it home with you.

Keep campsites clean.

Avoid all risk of fire - do not light campfires outside of official campground metal fire pits.

Dispose of human waste in a sanitary manner (bury, or even better pack it out) Do not pollute water supplies.

Respect established climbing traditions in ethical matters such as the use of chalk, pitons, bolts etc.

Avoid indiscriminate or excessive use of fixed equipment.

Responsible climbing will protect cliffs and ensure continued rockclimbing

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