Plus: Navigation workshop bookings open, down jackets, new routes and more.

Bogong Newsletter

Welcome to the Bogong Newsletter

In this issue of the Bogong Newsletter, we look at all the exciting new stuff that has landed from La Sportiva. Also, a heads up on our next info session: our ever-popular navigation workshop, run by former staff member Merv Trease. Finally, a look back at Bogong's appearance at the Buffalo Stampede; followed by notes on choosing an insulated jacket for chilly temperatures.

Plus, new arrivals from Ruike, Edelrid, La Sportiva, Salomon, Exped and Waka Waka.

La Sportiva Skwama and Kataki

They're Here!

Skwama and Kataki

Heads up, climbers! La Sportiva Skwama and La Sportiva Kataki climbing shoes have landed at Bogong.

The Skwama
A soft, sensitive shoe. The sole is constructed in two parts to give it enough flex to perform well on slabs. Yet, it's definitely a performance shoe: it has a downturned toe, La Sportiva's patented 'P3 platform' – technology first introduced with the La Sportiva Solution that helps the shoe maintain its downturn over time – and LaSpo's newest heel. The upper is a soft combination of leather and microfibre, with a sock-like fit. Unusually, the rubber patch intended for toe-hooking is very supple – offering grip without compromising mobility.
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The Kataki
A crack-climbing, technical face-climbing master. The Kataki is intended for outdoor use (although it performs equally well indoors). Specifically, it's designed to excel at techy single pitch, bouldering, as well as cracks. The low-profile toe is what separates it from other, similar shoes in our La Sportiva range. However, this model is a true all-rounder, thanks to its downturn, P3 tech and edgy rubber. La Sportiva veterans: it's kind of a cross between a La Sportiva Otaki and La Sportiva Katana Lace.
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Want to see more La Sportiva climbing shoes? Compare shoes in our range here.

New In: La Sportiva Climbing Clothing

It's landed! We have a new range of La Sportiva climbing clothing. In true Euro style, the range is packed with bright colours (so very 'now' – and great for photographs...).

Of course, there's more to this clothing line than colour. Every garment is made specifically for climbing: with details like toothbrush pockets, chalk bag loops, anatomic cut and careful selection of materials to provide enough ventilation and movement.

Here's a peek at what's in store (and online):

Bleuser Shorts La Sportiva Bleuser Men's Shorts
Like all the clothing in this range, Bleuser shorts are built for climbing. Gusseted crotch for movement, plus fun extras like a toothbrush pocket. See also: La Sportiva Bolt Men's Pants

Temple Pants La Sportiva Temple Women's Pants
The women's version of the La Sportiva Bolt Men's Pants. With a comfortable fit, cut for women, these pants are a wardrobe essential this winter.
See also: La Sportiva Ramp Women's Shorts

Valley Hoody La Sportiva Valley Women's Hoody
This stretchy, light hoody is the perfect weight for climbing warm-up routes. It's got all the hallmarks of a good climbing layer – breathable fabric and enough length for coverage.
See also: La Sportiva Logo Men's Hoody

Van Tee La Sportiva Van T-Shirt
Vans are so 'now'... yet so classic Yosemite. The 100% cotton La Sportiva tees.
See also: La Sportiva Twenties Women's T-shirt

And lots more... see our La Sportiva climbing clothing collection.

Bookings Open: Navigating with Map and Compass, with Merv Trease

Wednesday 13 June, 6pm

Navigation workshop

Our former staff member Merv Trease returns to Bogong to run a workshop on navigation using a map and compass.

It's all too easy, these days, to rely on your mobile phone or GPS to keep track of where you are or where you're going. But, sometimes, batteries go flat, reception drops out or you crack your screen. When this happens, you might have to fall back on navigating the old-fashioned way.

This info session will be interactive: you'll be using maps and compasses to learn how to navigate (or brush up on your skills!).

Merv's navigation workshop has been extremely popular for years.

This year, you'll need to book to secure your spot.


(Don't worry, the session is still FREE.)

Find out more about this upcoming info session here.

New In

Ruike LD43

Pocket Knife
One-hand operable.
15 tools.

Edelrid Atmosphere
Climbing Harness

High quality.
Distributes forces.
Anatomical leg loops.

La Sportiva
Nepal Cube Women's

Mountaineering boot.
Gore-Tex insulated.
Warm, light.

Sense Ride

Trail running shoe.
'Everyday' go-to.
8mm drop.

Multimat Duo

Versatile foam mat.
Moisture barrier.
3mm thick.

Waka Waka Power 5
Rechargeable Powerbank

Average smartphone charge 2.5x.
3 USB ports. Solar.

Recap: Bogong @ the Buffalo Stampede

Neil at Buffalo Stampede

Bogong Equipment made an appearance at last month's Buffalo Stampede in Bright, Victoria.

Our stall was manned by Bogong owner Neil Blundy, who drove up from Melbourne with a range of La Sportiva running shoes, La Sportiva running apparel and our ever-popular men's and women's Outdoor Research Helium II Jackets.

The day our tents went up on the lawns at the event village, the weather was stellar; as opposed to the weather the next day, which was challenging, to say the least.

We were very impressed with the runners who ran strong through very testing conditions. Well done, all.

Bogong Blog: Insulated Jackets for the Outdoors

Insulated jackets

Brr! It's getting chilly. Time to crack out our cosy insulated jackets. And, of those, we have plenty. We have a good range of insulated jackets at Bogong Equipment, ranging from very light, warm down hoodies to fluffy fleece jackets.

In our article, we offer you a few recommendations for different scenarios. Also, we address some common questions on fleece, loft and insulation types.

Read the article here.

Staff Snippets: New Route in the Grampians

Topo for Separation Anxiety (18)

Earlier this month, at an obscure crag in the Grampians, a new route was climbed by our assistant manager James.

James and his climbing partner Steve accessed the climb by rapping to the base of the cliff.

"If you're going to repeat it, be prepared to scare yourself silly," James warns. "The rock was really loose."

Following a series of flakes, cracks and jugs, the route busts out a roof to reach an exposed bolted belay. Then, a steep crack splits the final headwall. James and Steve named the route Separation Anxiety, gave it two stars and graded it 18.

Topo: The new route follows the red line.

The Queen's Birthday

We'll be closed for the Queen's Birthday.

Saturday, 9 June: Normal hours
Sunday, 10 June: Normal hours
Monday, 11 June: Closed
Tuesday, 12 June: Normal hours resume

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About Us

Bogong Equipment was founded in 1989. Everyone who works at Bogong Equipment is a climber, hiker, mountaineer or runner. We have first-hand experience in cragging, multiday bushwalking, alpine climbing and trail running. We use the gear we sell. That means, we can tell you how a product truly performs in the field. That's how we only select the best gear to stock our shelves.

Our stock room in our brick-and-mortar store on Little Bourke Street, in Melbourne, is filled with purpose-designed, technical equipment. With our vast selection of gear, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Especially if you don't know exactly what you're looking for. That's why we employ knowledgeable, experienced staff. We can help you get equipped for your remote trekking expedition, your ice-cap crossing, climbing your first peak or simply your next wander in the hills.

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