Posted on November 29, 2013 by Tony to News | No Comments
Sorry everybody. The weather in the Margaret River region was looking encouraging, however this morning its turned again and its raining today (Friday), and will rain tomorrow (<60% chance) and possibly Sunday now. So our Willy’s Pop-Up Trip # 2 is not going ahead.
Posted on November 26, 2013 by Kate to News | No Comments
It’s on again! The annual CAWA AGM Photo Competition!
Entries close at midnight on Monday 27th January 2014.
Once again, all CAWA members are invited to submit their inspiring, awesome, action-packed climbing photos from this year’s climbing adventures. Rules of engagement are:
1. You can only submit photos you’ve taken yourself;
2. You agree to allow us to consider it for inclusion in the next issue of the CAWA Calendar (2014) and publish a small image of it on the CAWA website, Facebook page and the Western Climber (especially if you win!);
3. You must be a current CAWA member; and
4. The photo must be taken in 2013 or 2014 (so you can submit photos taken from the Christmas/New Years adventures ).
There will once again be two categories:
1. Climbing in WA (the most important one); and
2. Climbing Everywhere Else (not as good as climbing in WA).
Additional prizes this time round will also be given for such obviously underappreciated talent as:
• Best bum shot;
• Best action shot;
• Best photo that makes the quarry look like a world class destination (hey, I didn’t say this was an easy comp!); and
• Best climbing outfit.
These will be made up on the night, and depend on the photos received.
The CAWA photo comp has been a resounding success in the last few years, and we will once again be creating a CAWA calendar for 2014 with the submitted photos. The calendar will be from March 2014 to February 2015 to coincide with the AGM. They will be available for purchase on the night of the AGM, and if any are left over they can be distributed to the gyms for you to purchase at an extraordinary low price of $10.
If you have any queries, or would like to enter, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Useful information to include with your submitted photo:
1. Your name;
2. The name of the climb, climber and location. You can also include the grade if you wish.
Posted on October 30, 2013 by Tony to News | No Comments
2013 CAWA Xmas Get Together and Boulder
Point Walter Reserve & Blackwall Reach
Saturday 7th December 2013 (2pm-7pm)
As you are all well aware Christmas is fast approaching. CAWA will be holding our annual end of year celebration and CAWA members and their partners are welcome.
This year CAWA is doing something a little bit different and are arranging for the meal to be catered by Paellas and Tapas (the same people who provided a Paella meal on a Willyabrup trip last year).
When: Saturday 7th December, 2:00pm-7pm (Tapas served at 4:30 and Paella served at 5pm)
Where: Point Walter Reserve in Bicton (See map on the online guide)
Directions: Come down Honour Rd on the left side of Pt Walter Reserve, going straight through the roundabout at Carroll Drive and continuing on past the tennis courts. On your right you will see a kid’s playground some parking and BBQ’s that are quite close to the road. We will be in that general area, fairly close to the road. On your left, if you follow the path down to the water, you will find a long expanse of limestone wall conveniently placed for your bouldering pleasure. Map 1. Map 2.
What to bring: Deck chairs or picnic blankets, Sun screen, hats, mozzie repellent, towel, old climbing shoes, chalk bag, swimmers, jumper (if it its cool) and your favourite outdoor game.
CAWA will subsidise the cost of the meal so for $15.00ea you get two Paella’s (Seafood and Chicken) and two Tapas!!! Non-members will have to pay $25.00ea (Still subsidised). Kids eat free J.
Soft drinks and water will be provided. BYO Alcohol and please drink responsibly. (Please inform us of any unusual dietary requirements when you RSVP)
Activities: Bouldering, Eating and your favourite outdoor game
Perth Guide book will be on sale for only $29 (down from $39 in the retail shops).
RSVP: email@example.com by no later than Sunday 1st of December.
Please note that RSVP’s are required to ensure that attendees are catered for.
We look forward your attendance at this popular annual event. It’s a great opportunity to join in and meet up with members, new and old.
From the CAWA Committee
Posted on October 10, 2013 by Tony to Events, News, Social | No Comments
We are trialling a new format for CAWA climbing trips and just going to post them up as and when we can.
This POP-UP TRIP # 1 is coming up soon !!!
It’s to Willy’s, (Willy’s Mud map), and its on Sat 19th and Sun 20th October.
All the details can be found here…….. PUT1 – Willys 19Oct2013
We hope you like the new format and will see you at Willy’s next weekend 19th & 20th Oct
Posted on October 07, 2013 by Mark Kleinman to News | No Comments
With any luck, spring is turning to summer and hopefully we will be granted a few continuous days of sunshine and dry rock. It’s been a long time coming and if you’re an outdoor climbing wimp like me that needs warm rays and dry rock to head out, it’s time now.
So this season brings us opportunities to get outdoors and meet up, climb, chat and put all that indoor practice we have existed on, during winter, to good use.
So a few things first……
WELCOME TO ALL OUR NEW MEMBERS TO CAWA
…… It’s a real pleasure to have you join the CAWA family, and we look forward to sharing with you our upcoming events and functions for the season. Also a big Hi Again to our re-joining members. Thanks for keeping your membership updated with us.
Secondly you will see above and on our media sites that we have a new Post Office Box number address – So please change your CAWA details to incorporate our new PO Box. Many of you don’t use the PO Box but those who do are encouraged to change your details.
- Climbing Trips :
We’ve been fortunate with most of our climbing trips over the winter season, expect the last public holiday long weekend where our Mt Frankland trip was washed out.
CAWA are looking to move the Mt Frankland climbing trip to a better weather zone in the future. Stay tuned for a new set of trips coming up soon. They will be posted on the CAWA web and the CAWA FB page.
We are considering a new format for climbing trips outdoors – which will not need any registration. We will be trialling a “pop-up” style of climbing trips, where at short notice we will post an event and a location and it will be open for CAWA members. The structure around registrations has not been successful and consequently it’s been difficult to prepare for the trips. This will give more flexibility to our members and the CAWA Committee members who attend.
The “pop-up” trips will be in addition to the usual CAWA format climbing trips such as :
- Eaglestone in late Aug, early September
- Mt Frankland on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (which may be shifted)
- Albany/WCH Xmas trip
- Willy’s on the Australia Day Long weekend
- And Kalbarri in June
Again, these “pop-up” trips will be determined by your demand, short term weather forecasts, availability of a CAWA Committee member’s attendance. It gives you flexibility and choice as we intend to post “pop-up’s” more regularly. They could be a day at a quarry, a trip to Wellington Dam, Blackwall reach or a weekend at Eaglestone Rock.
We are making it easier for you to climb is it suits you…. So it will be a trial for the summer season and we should report back on how it goes at the next AGM.
If you have any comments to share about Climbing Trips, use the CAWA web Forum and post up there, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Programme for lower off ring bolt anchor maintenance :
CAWA has reviewed current practices in Australia and have decided to roll out a programme to add “sacrificial” mallions or snap links/hook to lower off anchor ring bolts on selected routes in Western Australia.
Over time with increased traffic in the sport of rock climbing, lower off bolts have been used to top rope and rap through which has increased the erosion load to the bolt. In many other areas, mallions or snap/hooks have been installed to take up the erosion load of the ring bolts. This increases the safe working life of the ring bolts, and where and when necessary, the mallions or snap/hooks can be inspected and replaced easily.
CAWA has a sub-committee formed led by Jonas Hollingworth who will provide a program of the routes to be attended and will also keep records of the conditions as noted. This will be posted and updated regularly on CAWA media sites.
- Revised Calendar of Events :
We’re working on updating the Events calendar on the CAWA web and it will be updated in the near future.
Please email us your suggestions and expectations so that we can better address the wishes of the membership.
An early mention of the next CAWA AGM, it’s coming up in February 2014. We’re always on the lookout for members who want to help to run CAWA. It’s the commitment by the CAWA Committee that gets things done for our members. So if you want to make a difference and want to provide your support and energy, CAWA is “hiring now”….. OK, it’s for the love you do it, not a paid job, sorry…
I just wanted to get out a short note to let you know we are all coming out of hibernation and we will see you at a CAWA function in the near future….
Safe Climbing – Tony Brebner, CAWA President and the rest of the CAWA Committee.
Posted on September 19, 2013 by Tony to News | No Comments
TRIP IS CANCELLED – Bad weather has conspired to make this trip unworkable. We will attempt a mini trip in about 1 months time.
Given the medium term forecast (link below), there is a med-high probability that the CAWA trip to Mount Frankland will not go ahead. The final decision will be taken on Monday 23rd Sept next week to give some time to further define the conditions.
While CAWA rarely cancels any climbing trips, where inclement weather may add safety risk to the location, CAWA’s concern is the safety of the all trip participants.
Mount Frankland is mostly multi-pitch slab and consequently difficult and potentially dangerous climbing in consistent inclement weather. The slab needs some time to dry out and the forecast does not provide high confidence in that case.
If the trip is cancelled, we would look to re-schedule another trip in the dryer months ahead.
CAWA Trip Coordinators – Tony Brebner and Mark Kleinman
Posted on September 02, 2013 by Mark Kleinman to Events | 2 Comments
MOUNT FRANKLAND trip is OPEN FOR REGISTRATION….
Saturday 28th of September to Monday 30th of September 2013 (Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend)
Mt Frankland is located in the Mt Frankland National Park and is about 30km north of Walpole. It’s quite a drive from Perth, probably 5 hours give or take, but in my opinion it’s well worth it.
Your CAWA trip coordinators for this trip are Tony Brebner and Mark Kleinman.
The climbing is mainly bolted slab, with many routes up to 3 pitches long, so it’s good if you’re looking to gain some multi-pitch experience. The routes do tend to be run-out, so people need to be fairly confident leading at the stated grade. It will probably be a bit of a challenging place for beginners as slab climbing is quite a different technique, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere! Generally on CAWA trips there will be enough people around to lead the routes so that everyone can have a go, regardless of their slab experience.
Most of the routes are bolted, but some require a mix of bolted and natural protection. Bolt plates will be required.
There’s a variety of grades starting from about 15 and up, so there’s literally something for everyone. As already said, slab climbing requires a certain technique (and lots of faith in your shoes) so will be quite an experience if you haven’t done much before. It’s a beautiful bush setting and there are a couple of other spots you can get to after some bushwalking. Or so I’m told, I’ve always been too lazy to investigate…..
Check out the West Australian Rock or the South Coast Rock guidebook if you’d like to suss things out a bit more or there’s some information on the CAWA web at the link Mt Frankland New Climbs or at On-line Guides/Mt Frankland.
The nearest accommodation / camping area is called Fernhook Falls and it’s a really well set up campground (this means tents) with drop toilets, a nice undercover kitchen area and a lovely river nearby for smelly climbers to brave at the end of the day (there are no shower facilities). It does get cold overnight, so pack warm stuff. On past trips the march flies have been out in force, so some good, strong insect repellent is also recommended in case we are unlucky again this year.
There is no pre-booking, so it’s a first come… We don’t expect it to be full.
To get there from Perth, drive south from Manjimup along South West Highway and then turn left onto Beardmore Road (a gravel road). FernhookFalls campsite is about 6km in and is sign-posted on your right. Remember to bring your own firewood.
You do need to bring your own food and drinking water for this trip but you can leave the shovel behind (there is a tap in the kitchen that feeds from a rainwater tank for cooking/washing dishes). Having said that, Walpole isn’t that far away (about 35km) if you do need supplies and there is other more salubrious accommodation around. There are minimal camping fees ($7 per night per person/$5 concession) that can be paid on an honour system and then you attach a tag to your tent to indicate you’ve paid. The rangers come around and check.
Please fill in the attached registration table to confirm that you will be attending the Mt Frankland trip.
Please be aware that the weather is the deciding factor on this trip and if it is still raining (down south) shortly before the trip then the rock will be unclimbable and the trip will be cancelled.
Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming with you can join online now (easiest) or on the first day of the trip.
All participants need to be ‘independent participants’. This means you are responsible for your own safety. Due to legal and liability issues, CAWA does not provide training. If you are an inexperienced climber then have a chat to some of the more experienced people you know and see if they are planning to attend. However, as already mentioned, Mt Frankland is a good beginner’s crag as there will be plenty of people to give you a go. And unsolicited advice, of course! If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for some further information.
Feel free to contact us if you want to register.
Mob : +61 (0)416186510
CAWA Committee Member
Mob : 0420829642
Posted on August 07, 2013 by Tony to News | No Comments
The on again EAGLESTONE ROCK trip is OPEN FOR REGISTRATION….
Friday 30 August 2013 to Sunday 1 Sept 12
There are ~30 routes going from a grade 10 trad through to the classic big crack “Fidget Gene”, a grade 23 trad and “Whiplash”, a 25.. In between there are a mix of bolted and mixes bolted and trad routes to satisfy most. The climbing area is a stones throw from the camp site and the weather, hopefully, will be cold but clear (my prediction…)
As this is a CAWA members trip, you will be emailed the Registration Form for you to fill in with as much detail as you can please. Email it back to email@example.com and we will process the registrations and confirm back with you. If you join CAWA and don’t get the registration email, please email CAWA and we will send it to you.
We expect to head out Friday 30 August early’ish to meet together at Baker’s Hill Pie Shop about 9:00am. We then, fully pie’d up and tanked, head out past Northam and stop in at Merredin to re-group and pick up some lunch before heading out for another 1-1.5hrs drive to Eaglestone Rock.
Remember, there are NO FACILITIES at Eaglestone Rock, so bring you own camping gear, food, water, head torch, climbing gear, and firewood… and a camera, as the place is quite spectacular. NEW NEWS — THERE IS A BRAND NEW TOILET AT EAGLESTONE NOW, so you wont need shovels, unless you still want to !!!
You won’t need a 4WD but there are patches of soft sand on the 500mt track from the road to the campsite. There will be 4WD’s there no doubt that will have snatch straps etc if needed. If you can throw a 15kg bag of firewood from you local petrol station in you car it will help, thanks.
Closer to the time we will issue a directional “mud” map, contact details, a mini-guide, and forecast weather details.
So hope you can join us for a “remote” camping and climbing experience – Your happy camper and trip co-ordinator, <SNIP SNIP> Neil Humphries..
Posted on July 29, 2013 by Tony to News | No Comments
“It’s coming………..” Yes folks, Eaglestone Rock is happening soon !! J Registrations open this coming Saturday when an email will be sent inviting all current CAWA members to the CAWA 2013 Eaglestone Rock Climbing Trip – Frid 30th Aug to Sun 1st Sept 2013….
A classic taster to encourage you to come along……
Even more big news is that you don’t need your shovels anymore…. J So standby for the email with all the registration details. (PS If you’re not a CAWA member, sign up fast. Trip is only for current members)
Your trip co-ordinator – Tony Brebner.
Posted on July 23, 2013 by Tony to Events, News, Trip Reports, Western Climber | 2 Comments
We have been informed by Parks and Wildlife – National Park Ranger for Wellington District – Collie that the Quarry rec site will be closed to the public for redevelopment works from Wednesday 23 July until completion of new facilities.
Access to the bottom car park will be blocked off to prevent unauthorized entry while works is undertaken to install a new access ramp, path and barbecues
During the period of works there will not be any use of the facilities and no abseiling or rock climbing will be permitted until further notice.
Please ensure you support Parks and Wildlife and comply with this regulation.