CAWA Eaglestone Trip, 25th and 26th August

It’s time to grab your winter woollies and pack up your car for a trip to the Wheatbelt to Eaglestone Rock. A 3.5 hour drive from Perth will take you to bulletproof  granite with good face climbing and edge. With over 30 bolted, trad and mixed routes there is something for everyone. Abseil stations are positioned on top of the major boulders. There are a number of fantastic routes including **Wishbone (17), **Capachow (19), * Pink Rings (18) ** and Ithica (22). So be sure to check out your Perth Rock Climbing Guide for route and access information.

Camping at Eaglestone is super easy, with the campground only a stone’s throw away from the crag. There is the luxury of a drop toilet, so no need to pack a shovel. However, there are no other facilitates or water so you will need to be completely self-sufficient. A guide of what to bring:

  • Cooking & camping gear, including plenty of water
  •  Firewood – there isn’t any to be collected from the ground, so we ask each car to bring firewood (it will be very cold at night, a camp fire will make the weekend infinitely warmer!)
  • Toilet paper
  • Warm clothing for night

You don’t need a 4WD but there is a short section of dirt road, followed by a section of good sand track easily accessible by 2WD. Last year, we had a mix of people arriving on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Please note that CAWA trips are only open to current members. Non-members who are interested in coming can join online here: http://www.climberswa.asn.au/cawa/membership/

To register for the trip, please email me kateb@climberswa.asn.au and I will send through a registration form. For those who have not been to Eaglestone before, let me know when you register, and I can provide some more descriptive notes of how to find the crag – can be a little tricky at night!

Hope you see you there!

Cheers

Kate Bailue
CAWA Committee Member

Self-Rescue Course, 28th and 29th July 2018

Due to poor weather the self-rescue course has been postponed to 28th and 29th of July 2018, with an update to provided on or about 23rd of July 2018 to assess weather conditions.

 

In collaboration with Adventure Out, CAWA is pleased to offer an instructional two-day course designed to develop the technical skills, experience and confidence needed to safely perform self-rescue.

The course will be held at Churchman’s Brook on Saturday, 14th July and Saturday, 15th July.

This course is ideal is a refresher or for those  trying to increase their confidence climbing outdoors so they can take on  those bigger bucketlist adventures.

Churhman’s offers a range of climbing challenges and serves as the ideal environment for learning self-rescue skills. 

 The instructors will provide participants with constant feedback and ensure appropriate safety standards are maintained throughout the course.

 Skill points will include:

  1. self-rescue (ascending and switching rope systems, anchoring methods, escaping compromised belay systems)
  2. partner rescue (conscious & unconscious)

 Prerequisites:

The course is set at an intermediate level, so you should be a confident top rope climber with experience in establishing belay systems utilising natural or artificial anchors and in belaying climbers. 

Price: $270 per person*

*All prices include GST. Additionally, CAWA will subsidize $50 per member for a net price of $220 per person.

Adventure Out will provide

  1. experienced instructor(s)
  2. all necessary rock climbing equipment (feel free to bring any personal gear you may have)
  3. $10 million public liability insurance
  4. comprehensive first aid kit

 Please note that CAWA events are a benefit for members. Joining online is easy through the CAWA web page.

If you are interested please:
  1. fill out the trip registration form; and
  2. e-mail me at dirkk@climberswa.asn.au

Hope to see you there.

Dirk Klicker

CAWA Vice President

Notice of CAWA AGM, 12th July 2018

Dear Members,

We invite you to attend the CAWA Annual General Meeting.

Date:    Thursday, 12th July 2018.  

Venue: 246 Vincent Street, Leederville.

Time:   Arrive 6:00 pm for 6.30 pm start.

The climbing is Tasmania is absolutely epic and our Guest Speaker this year will Gerry Narkowicz from Tasmania.   

“Gerry Narkowicz has been active on the Tasmanian climbing scene since 1980. He has been on the first ascent of about 800 routes particularly in Northern Tasmania at areas such as Ben Lomond, the North and South Esk Rivers, Hillwood, and the Fingal Valley. Along with Robert McMahon, he is the co-author of Climb Northern Tasmania, North Esk, Memory Of A Journey and the guide to the South Esk.”

The agenda will include:

  • Confirmation of the Minutes for the last preceding Annual General Meeting
  • Annual reports: president and treasurer
  • Election of new management committee
  • Appoint a person to audit the accounts of the association
  • Guest Speaker – Gerry Narkowicz
  • Photo competition

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($20), Climb Tasmania ($40, limited copies) and CAWA T-shirts ($20) will be available. Please bring exact change.

IMPORTANT: If you are not able to attend, please email the completed proxy form to us at cawa@climberswa.asn.au as soon as possible after receiving this letter. Without quorum, we can’t conduct AGM business. Proxies must be received no later than 6:00 pm Thursday, 12th July 2018.

Each member can only hold five proxies, please ensure that the person you nominate is definitely coming to the meeting.

Please note that the AGM is a member only event.

Look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Gareth Wood

CAWA President

 

City Summit Gym Crash, 3 May 2018

Sorry about the late notice.

The next CAWA gym crash will be held at City Summit .

Gym crashes are a great way to meet new climbing partners and other CAWA members.

Starts at around 6:30 pm on Thursday, 3rd May 2018.

Special CAWA member entry cost.

Plus FREE Pizza.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

I’ll be wearing a blue CAWA t-shirt.

Dirk Klicker
CAWA Vice President

Western Climber Needs You!

Prizes up for grabs!

Dear members,

We are just in the process of putting together the autumn issue of Western Climber.

CAWA relies on contributions from members to complete each issue.

We will not be able to complete the current issue without some additional contributions from members.

So CAWA is offering a number of prizes for contributions to the current issue of Western Climber.

Contributions may take the form of photos, articles or simply e-mails to CAWA or the editor.

If you have been thinking of making a contribution to Western Climber then now is the time, so that you may be illegible to receive one of the number of prizes that are available.

Contributions do not have to be a extensive or detailed and very short contributions are encouraged.

Things like new route descriptions or info, climbing points of view or topics of interest, questions or comments to CAWA or the editor.

We hope to hear from you soon.

If you are interested please submit your contributions on or before 12 May 2018.

Contributions to Western Climber can be submitted by e-mail to Woody (garethw@climberswa.asn.au) or me (dirkk@climberswa.asn.au).

Happy climbing!

Dirk Klicker

Vice President

Arapiles Trip, 3rd to 10th of March 2018

Dear members,

It’s that time of year again.

In March there are 2 long weekends, being the Labour Day long weekend and Easter.

CAWA usually holds a trip on both of these long weekends, Mt Frankland on the earlier weekend and Peak Charles on the later weekend.

The Peak Charles trip is still going ahead and the event will be posted shortly.

The Mt Frankland trip has in the past few years been a bit hit and miss with the weather because Mt Frankland appears to be a bit of a rain magnet.

Therefore, this year I will be arranging a trip to Arapiles.

Arapiles has been touted as the best climbing cliff in the world.  There are a ton of routes.  There are 3,018 routes listed on the Crag.

Arapiles is mostly Trad climbing and climbers will need to bring a Trad Rack.  CAWA does not provide climbing gear or ropes.

Arapiles is probably not the ideal trip for a complete climbing novice, but there are a range of routes available for all grades and levels.

The trip will commence on Saturday, 3 March 2018 to Saturday, 10 March 2018.

The plan at this stage is for the CAWA team to camp at the Pines camping ground at Arapiles.

There is a small fee payable for camping.

At this stage the plan is to rendezvous in Melbourne on Saturday, 3 March 2018 and travel to Arapiles together.

Alternatively, team members can meet at the Pines during the week.

I am looking at a number of travel options to get from Melbourne to Arapiles, which I shall confirm once I have confirmation as to the rough numbers.

I am hoping that CAWA will be able to make a small contribution on behalf of members towards camping or travelling, but I haven’t confirmed if that will be possible.  So perhaps assume, for the time being, that this won’t happen.

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 prior to 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.

Finally, this trip will be strictly RSVP.  So please e-mail me directly if you are keen and want to register.

As there is quite a bit of planning involved, all RSVPs must be received on or before close of business on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.  To go ahead with the trip, I am hoping to get a minimum group of about 6 to 8 or so people to go on the trip.

If I do not get the requisite numbers, I may not proceed with the trip.  However, I may proceed with the trip if the psych is high.

If the trip does not go ahead because I do not get an interest from members, then I will arrange a trip to Mt Frankland in lieu.  For details of the trip to Mt Frankland I refer you to my previous Blog for the trip to Mt Frankland in October 2017.

 

Happy climbing and hopefully see you in Arapiles,

Dirk Klicker

CAWA

Vice President

E-MAIL: dirkk@climberswa.asn.au

 

If you need some inspiration have a look at the following YouTube Video.

 

CAWA Wellington Dam Trip, 20th to 22nd October 2017

Wellington Dam Trip is open for registration!!!

CAWA has a club trip to Wellington Dam from Friday, 20th to Sunday, 22nd of October 2017.

Wellington Dam is around 200km south of Perth, just out of Collie in the picturesque Wellington National Park.

Wellington Dam is a beautiful family friendly spot for a BBQ with some great climbing on solid rock. The climbing is in an old granite quarry, with gas BBQs, picnic tables, shelters and a car park at the base of the cliff, and toilets nearby. There are around 40+ climbs in the quarry, nearly all are bolted. The cliff is up to 20m high – 8 draws and a 50m rope will get you up most things and top ropes can be set up in places. The climbs are mostly steep/vertical and the climbing style is different to the quarries in Perth. Check out the mini guide for more information.

There is also camping nearby and lots to do on Sunday for anyone who wants to make a weekend of it. There is lots of walking in the park and mountain biking at Pile road/Mt Lennard, or go climbing at Pinjarra (see the Perth climbing guide).

To get there turn right off the Collie Highway onto Wellington Dam Road (approx 17km before Collie). Follow Wellington Dam Road for 12km and after passing the café descend a steep incline before turning right into the Quarry car park.

People can turn up any time, BYO stuff for BBQ. It will be a great day of climbing and socialising, look forward to seeing you there.

Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or other responsible person to accompany them.

Trips are a member benefit and you can easily join online.

If you interested in coming to Wellington Dam please complete the online registration form.

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, Mt Frankland is a good beginner’s crag. 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.

Dirk Klicker

CAWA Vice President

E-mail: dirkk@climberswa.asn.au

Mob: +61 (0)400248815

CAWA Mt Frankland Trip, 13th to 15th October 2017

Update re Mount Frankland Trip

We are running the trip again this weekend!!

As you know the trip for Queens Birthday Long Weekend was cancelled due to the poor weather.  So we are running the trip again.

The weather is looking pretty positive so far for the weekend.

Good news CAWA is subsidising the camping fee on this 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. The final decision will be made on Wednesday, 11th October. Until then think positive and make  your daily sacrifice to the rain gods.

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,.

Your CAWA trip coordinators for this trip is Dirk Klicker.

The climbing is mainly bolted slab, with many routes up to 3 pitches long. So it is good if you are looking to gain some multi-pitch experience. The routes tend to be run-out, so people need to be fairly confident leading at the stated grade. Generally on CAWA trips there will be enough people around to lead the routes so that everyone can have a go. Most of the routes are bolted, but some require a mix of bolted and natural protection. Bolt plates will be required.

There is a variety of grades starting from about 15 and up. So there is something for everyone.

The West Australian Rock or the South Coast Rock Guidebooks are a good reference. There is some information on the CAWA website at the link Mt Frankland New Climbs or at On-line Guides/Mt Frankland.

The camping area is called Fernhook Falls and it is a 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. 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 first served situation. We do not expect it to be full.

If you need directions please send Dirk an e-mail.

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). Walpole is not that far away (about 35km) if you do need supplies and there is other more salubrious accommodation around. There are minimal camping fees. The rangers come around and check.

Remember to bring your own firewood.

If you interested in coming to Mt Frankland please complete the online registration form.

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, Mt Frankland is a good beginner’s crag. 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.

Dirk Klicker

CAWA Vice President

E-mail: dirkk@climberswa.asn.au

Mob: +61 (0)400248815

Sport Climbing WA, Skyfall Lead Climbing Competition

Skyfall Lead Climbing Competition

Hello CAWA folk.  With climbing entering the Olypmics in 2020 Tokyo the competition scene in Perth is Taking off.  There is stoke everywhere to pull hard on plastic and scream like Ondra.

The oportunity arrises at City Summit on Saturday, 14 October 2017 and Sunday, 15 October 2017. They will be hosting the Skyfall Lead Climbing Compeition (This is in bold because I am excited and shouting).

According to the organisers the competition will be the first IFSC World Cup format Lead Climbing Competition to be held in Perth.

This event is a Sport Climbing WA event and membership for the event is required.

CAWA supports the development of sport climbing in WA and encourages members to sign up.  This is a great opportunity for members.

With that in mind any CAWA members who sign up will receive a subsidy of $15.00 towards their entry fee and in addition CAWA will fund selected junior members who enter the competition.

For more information see the following link:

https://www.sportclimbingwa.com.au/skyfall-lead-competition

Early bird entries close on 24 September.

Regular entries close on 8 October.

I know CAWA folk tend to prefer the outdoor stuff but I can tell you %100 it’s gonna be raining that weekend so get on down to City Summit and have a climb and more importantly build the community.

See youse all there.

Gareth Wood

CAWA President

garethw@climberswa.asn.au