Plus: DMM lands at Hardrock Climbing Gym, how to deal with hydrolysis, and more.

Bogong Newsletter

Welcome to the Bogong Newsletter

In this issue of the Bogong Newsletter: It's T-minus TWO WEEKS to go before REEL ROCK Film Tour lands in Melbourne! Get set: REEL ROCK has always been the definitive community event, featuring the best climbing-only films by an award-winning team.

This month, we're also joining DMM at Hardrock Climbing's CBD gym for a night of breaking gear and demo'ing toys.

Below, we also recap our first La Sportiva Climbing Shoe Demo that we held at North Walls Indoor Climbing in Brunswick.

All this, plus more news, and new arrivals from Mont, DMM, Chaco, prAna and Source.

REEL ROCK: Our Story

Annual Film Tour Lands 20th November

Reel Rock Film Tour poster

Every year we put on a one-night-only screening of the REEL ROCK Film Tour, which is a worldwide film tour that gets screened all around the world. In each little corner of the universe where REEL ROCK is screened, REEL ROCK tends to be the definitive annual event for climbing communities around the globe. REEL ROCK has a bit of a cult status – widely known amongst rockclimbers to showcase the year's best climbing films.

Bogong Equipment has been hosting REEL ROCK in Melbourne for the past nine years. It hasn't always been a moneymaker for us; it's more something that we like to bring to the community every year. Our current venue, The Astor, is always buzzing with a familiar atmosphere.

If you've been to a REEL ROCK screening before you'll know that there's always a highly engaged audience, loudly ooh-ing and ahh-ing and sometimes crying out mid-film when excitement hits. It's an energy-filled space of psych and friendship.

More information, including a short history of REEL ROCK in Melbourne as this obscure sport gains popularity: /reel-rock-tour

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

Buy tickets >>

Event: DMM @ Hardrock Climbing Gym

DMM Event @ Hardrock poster

WHAT: DMM Gear Breaking Night!
WHEN: Wednesday 21 November, 6pm to 8pm
WHERE: Hardrock Climbing Gym, Melbourne CBD

This November, DMM representative Chris is flying over from the UK to tour Australia. During his visit, he'll be stopping in Melbourne to run a special demonstration, where he'll be using a purpose-built machine to test the breaking points of different types of gear.

You're invited to bring any old, retired gear you might have and see how it fares on the breaking machine! Or, you can simply come and watch other people's gear get broken. It's interesting to discover where gear tends to break to better understand the equipment on your harness.

On the night, we'll also have new 2019 DMM toys that you can demo and take a poke at.

Entry is free if you're just taking a gander. If you're climbing, it's just Hardrock's regular gym entry fee. No bookings needed.

More information >>

New In

Moondance 2 Tent

Updated version.
Light and sturdy.
3 season; 2 person.

Mont Mojo
Stretch Shorts

Instant classic.
Light and stretchy.
Men's and Women's.


For trad masters.
Specialised sling.
Organise gear.

Coronado Tee

Climbing T-shirt.
Organic cotton /
Recycled polyester.

ZCloud 2

Women's sandals.
Toe loop.


Women's sandals.
3-layer sole.
Quick-dry padding.

Recap: La Sportiva Shoe Demo

La Sportiva @ North Walls

Wow! We were so psyched to see so many of you join in our La Sportiva shoe demo night, which we held at North Walls Climbing Gym last month.

Our little pop-up shop was pumping from the moment we stepped in the doors, and we were so thrilled that you guys were so keen to have a climb in our shoes.

Matt 'Mr La Sportiva' Adams drove down from Sydney with a fleet La Sportiva Otaki, La Sportiva Solution Men's and La Sportiva Solution Women's models for you to try out. And, we were happy to see lots you take advantage of our on-the-night deals. We hope you got away with lots of goodies.

Thanks for the buzzing atmosphere and high levels of psych! We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Pics by Leo Bi.

La Sportiva climbing shoes
La Sportiva Demo Fleet

Recap: DMM Pink!

Pink DMM special editon quickdraws

This year, DMM produced FOUR special edition pieces of climbing equipment: the DMM Aero HMS Screwgate Carabiner, the DMM Aero Quickdraw (in both 12cm and 18cm lengths) and ultra-popular DMM Pivot belay device. All of them were made in pink, and for every sale, $2 is donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.

The screwgate carabiners have been flying out of the door, and we're completely out of pink Pivot belay devices. We still have a few quickdraws and screwgates left – so, if you want them, get in quick. Once they're gone, they're gone!

See our DMM pink range >>

Video: Sea to Summit Alpha Pots

Christian Lavery reviews Sea to Summit Alpha Pots

Earlier this year, our former staff member Christian Lavery returned to Australia for a brief tour. During his travels, we sent him out with a set of Sea to Summit Alpha Pots to test. Christian is a film student: Last year, we screened one of his films Roots, Rock, Arapiles during our Melbourne screening of REEL ROCK Film Tour. He put together this video with his review of the Alpha Pots.

Watch the video >>

Bogong Blog: Hiking Boot Care

Hikers and their boots

Bogong Equipment owner Neil Blundy explains how to properly care for your hiking boots.

Read the article here.

Melbourne Cup Day

We'll be closed for Melbourne Cup Day.

Monday, 5 November: Normal hours
Tuesday, 6 November: Closed
Wednesday, 7 November: Normal hours resume

Bogong on Social

Bogong Instagram screenshot - REEL ROCK Melbourne over the years

Did you know that Bogong Equipment is on Facebook and Instagram? We're keeping you guys updated with events, community updates and cool new stuff as it arrives in the store. To stay in the loop, follow our Facebook page and on Instagram at @bogongequipment

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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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Melbourne 3000
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