Mt Arapiles, known traditionally as Dyurrite, is a cliff of world renown importance to climbers, and also has a rich history of Indigenous Heritage. The mount is a major destination for locals and international visitors alike, with its numerous nooks, crags and gullies providing an almost endless variety of interesting climbing.
Arapiles is comprised of extremely hard quartz-grained sandstone, which easily accepts traditional protection (cams, nuts etc). One of it’s biggest drawcards is its accessibility for all ages and skill levels, with high quality climbing at all grades.
It’s also has a wonderful camping ground with a great community atmosphere, and the nearby town of Natimuk is vibrant; knowledgeable and very invested in creating sustainable and minimal impact climbing for all.
The Traditional Owners of Dyurrite include the Wotjobaluk, Jaadwa, Jadawadjali, Wergaia and Jupagulk peoples. They are represented by Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC), and we acknowledge their important cultural history, and ongoing connection to the land and to Dyurrite.
In recent decades, climbers have been proactively involved in protecting the area, showing examples of good stewardship, including:
- Track works and staging platforms around popular areas to reduce erosion.
- Working bees and rubbish removal
- Weed removal
- Tree planting
This co-operation is ongoing and CSV hopes to add to this excellent foundation laid by local climbers.
The Steward for Mt Arapiles is yet to be determined.
A meeting was held in Nati on Sat 10th July (CSV Launch), and nominations for stewards invited.
Other groups and organisations that are relevant at Arapiles: