Plus: REEL ROCK 2018! Introducing staffer Ian, Asolo boot history, spotlight on the Aeon, new gear and more.

Bogong Newsletter

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In this issue of the Bogong Newsletter: Announcing REEL ROCK Film Tour 2018, which hits Melbourne this November! But first, in October, a La Sportiva shoe demo is coming to a gym near you. Also, we spotlight the Lowe Alpine Aeon – a series of lightweight daypacks with fully featured harnesses. News from last month – Asolo visits Bogong to personally train our staff. Read about our staff member Ian and his depth of rich outdoor experiences. And, special trading hours, videos, recaps and more.

Plus, new arrivals from Edelrid, Ultimate Direction, Salomon, Mont and Beta Stick.

Event: La Sportiva Shoe Demo

@ North Walls, Brunswick

La Sportiva shoe demo tour

La Sportiva | Bogong Equipment | North Walls Climbing Gym

Bogong Equipment is teaming up with La Sportiva Australia and North Walls Climbing Gym to host a La Sportiva shoe demo!

Part of a worldwide tour across 68 climbing gyms in Europe and Australia, the 'La Sportiva Climb In Gym Tour 2018' gives you the chance to try out the La Sportiva Solution Men's 2018 model, La Sportiva Solution Women's 2018 model and La Sportiva Otaki Men's model.

As La Sportiva's Melbourne tour partner, Bogong Equipment will be setting up a pop-up store on the night at North Walls, where we'll have a range of La Sportiva shoes for sale, as well as our line of ultra-cool La Sportiva climbing clothing (including the famously awesome men's Bolt and women's Temple pants).

Be prepared for a bunch of deals and giveaways exclusive to this evening at North Walls Climbing Gym.

Find out more >>

Asolo Visits Bogong

Luca from Asolo talks boots

Last month, we were lucky enough to welcome Asolo through the doors at Bogong Equipment. Bogong has had a long relationship with the walking boot company Asolo – one that has lasted around 20 years! We continue to stock boots from this family-owned business because of their devotion to producing high-quality boots, which are still manufactured in Europe.

Luca, whose family owns Asolo, gave a presentation to our staff to train us firsthand on history and making of Asolo footwear.

Read more on the history of Asolo here >>

Event: REEL ROCK Film Tour Melbourne 2018

A Brand New Collection of the Year's Best Climbing Films

REEL ROCK Film Tour Melbourne 2018

WHEN Tuesday 20 November 2018
6PM Bars Open
7PM (sharp!) Film starts
WHERE The Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Melbourne

REEL ROCK Film Tour 2018 hits Melbourne this November! Proudly hosted by Bogong Equipment, REEL ROCK is the definitive annual event for climbing communities globally.

A joint effort between the top filmmakers in the industry – Big UP Productions and Sender Films – REEL ROCK is known for producing only highly relevant climbing films that are all brand new and previously unscreened elsewhere.

For the past nine years, Bogong Equipment has hosted REEL ROCK in Melbourne, from its beginnings in the intimate venue of 1000 £ Bend, to the art deco Westgarth Cinema, until we outgrew that and relocated to St Kilda's famous Astor Theatre.

For more information on the films, go to our REEL ROCK FILM TOUR PAGE >>


Spotlight: Lowe Alpine Aeon

The Fully Featured Daypack You Always Needed

Lowe Alpine Aeon in action

Introducing our line of Lowe Alpine Aeon daypacks. These are the daypack you've always needed – light, modern, fully featured. With an flexible, fully adjustable harness that has load-stabilising straps, an adjustable back length and forward-pull hip belt – features often seen only on larger hiking packs.

At Bogong Equipment, the lightweight Aeon currently comes in five models: 27-litre (long back-length harness), 27-litre, 25-litre (women's harness), 18-litre and 16-litre (women's harness).

See our Lowe Alpine Aeon range here >>

New In

Edelrid HMS
Bulletproof Triple

Steel insert.
Light alternative.

Ultimate Direction
Comfort Belt

No-bounce running.
Built-in key clip.
Various pockets.

Speedcross 4

Aggressive profile.
Racing trail shoe.

Mont Wide Mouth
Tritan 1L Bottle

Sipper lid.

Beta Stick Evo
Ultra Compact

Improved pole.
Improved mechanism.

GSI Nesting
Wine Glass 2-Pack


Salomon September 2018 Special

Recap: Victorian State Boulder Titles 2018

Bogong @ The Rock

We supported this year's Victorian State Boulder Titles, which was held at the newly renovated The Rock climbing gym in Geelong. Well done to all competitors on a fantastic event.

This was the second Victorian state-level competition Bogong Equipment supported this year. Earlier in the year, Bogong also sponsored the inaugural Victorian Speed Titles, held at Gravity Worx climbing gym in Pascoe Vale.

Podium placers
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Video: La Sportiva Solution Women's Climbing Shoe

Chelsea presents the 2018 La Sportiva Solution Women's model

The new 2018 La Sportiva Solution Women's 'Reboot' arrived in-store recently. We shot a video at North Walls climbing gym, where we'll be holding a La Sportiva shoe demo. It's your chance to try these shoes out for yourself! We'll also have a fleet of the men's version at the demo. In the meantime, have a look at this video, which was shot and edited by our former staff member Christian Lavery.

Watch the video >>

Staff Snippets: Introducing Ian

Ian, Bogong Equipment

If you've been served by Ian, you're a lucky person! Ian comes to Bogong with a depth of rich outdoor experiences.

Although he was born in England, Ian has since lived in Australia and New Zealand for 55 years. During his childhood in Australia, Ian's father took him out fishing and hunting across Victoria's alpine areas, such as the Macalister and Mitchell rivers. His parents used take Ian and his best mate out in a canoe and drop them off in the wilderness with a rifle and a fishing rod, not returning until weeks later!

A thoroughly seasoned outdoorsperson, throughout the '80s Ian was a lighthouse keeper on remote islands in the tempestuous Bass Strait: Deal Island, Gabo Island, King Island, to name a few. He also did stints in Croajingolong, the Otways and Cape Nelson.

In 2010, Ian embarked on a 10-day holiday to New Zealand. He ended up staying for seven years. While tramping during his holiday, Ian got offered a job. He became a hut warden for the Department of Conservation (DOC), living at 1700 metres in alpine huts with a walk-in of about six hours for the average person. He would spend two weeks in each hut, before walking out again. In New Zealand, Ian was also employed as a conservation ranger for the DOC and a ranger for Christchurch City Council. Ian also worked on habitat restoration and on endangered species programs with a wildlife trust.

As you can imagine, Ian has done many multiday tramps across New Zealand, Tasmania, Central Australia and Victoria. His outdoor pursuits mainly include bushwalking, canoeing and kayaking.

If you see Ian about the store, say hello. We're sure he has many stories to tell!

See more staff profiles >>

Friday Before AFL Grand Final

We'll be closed for the Friday before the AFL Grand Final.

Thursday, 27 September: Normal hours
Friday, 28 September: Closed
Saturday, 29 September: Normal hours resume

Bogong on Social

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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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