CAWA Photo Comp Calendars – LIMITED STOCK

There are a few CAWA Photo Comp Calendars still available.  Either pick them up at the Rockface or the Hangout.

The calendar features some of the best (but not all!) of the photos from the AGM Photo Competition which was another huge success this year!

Price is $10 each with the dates being from March 2013 to February 2014 to coincide with their release date at the AGM each year.

If you have any questions please contact Kate at kates@climberswa.asn.au

Rodney Tan looking at the bears at the Promenade in Kalbarri_BRAIN TAN

One of the winning photos: Rodney Tan traversing out on Looking at the Bears (27) at the Promenade, Kalbarri.  Photo by Brian Tan.

AMG Photo Competition Winners – Climbing Everywhere Else category

Trent Potts deep water soloing at Poda Island, Thailand. JONAS HOLLINGWORTH

1st Place: Trent Potts deep water soloing at Poda Island, Thailand. Photo by JONAS HOLLINGWORTH

 

Jonas won a set of twin ropes donated by th

Peter Thomas nears the summit of Dent du Geant (4013m), French Alps. ROSS WEITER

e Rockface Indoor Rock Climbing Centre.

2nd Place: Peter Thomas nears the summit of Dent du Geant (4013m), French Alps. Photo by ROSS WEITER

Ross won a 1 month membership to City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing Centre donated by City Summit.

Ross Weiter on the summit of Dent du Geant summit 4013m, Mont Blanc range, Chamonix, France. PETER THOMAS

3rd Place: Ross Weiter on the summit of Dent du Geant summit 4013m, Mont Blanc range, Chamonix, France. Photo by PETER THOMAS

 

Peter won a 1 month membership to the City Summit Indoor Rock Climbing Centre donated by City Summit.

AGM Photo Competition Winners Feb 2013 – Climbing in WA Category

South-west Carpet Python on Juggernaut_Bobs Hollow. HENRY COOK

1st Place: South-West Carpet Python on Juggernaut at Bob’s Hollow. Photo by HENRY COOK

Henry won a $60 gift voucher for the Hangout Indoor
Climbing Centre and a Black Diamond climbing t-shirt, both prizes donated by
the Hangout.

 

 

 

 

Chris Swain seconding a route on the south coast of WA. KATE SWAIN

2nd Place: Chris Swain seconding a route on the south coast of WA. Photo by KATE SWAIN

Kate won a $40 gift voucher for the Hangout Indoor Climbing Centre and a Black Diamond climbing t-shirt, both prizes donated by the Hangout.

 

 

 

 

 

Rodney Tan looking at the bears at the Promenade in Kalbarri_BRAIN TAN

3rd Place: Rodney Tan traversing out on Looking at the Bears (27) at the Promenade in Kalbarri. Photo by BRAIN TAN

 

Brian won a $20 gift voucher from the Hangout Indoor Climbing Centre and a Black Diamond t-shirt, both prizes donated by the Hangout.

REMINDER – Changes to Mountain and Stathams Quarry Booking Contact Number

Just a reminder that the phone number to book to climb at Mountain and Stathams Quarries in the CAWA Perth Climbing Guidebook has changed as of the 1st August 2012.

The new number is 9290 6100, which is the DEC’s Perth Hills District office.

Bookings can be made 7 days a week during normal business hours 8:00am to 4:00pm.

DEC are also going to trial bookings via an email address Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.  The email system is for climbers who wish to make bookings in advance, as the response will not be immediate, and is only available Monday to Friday.  The email address is:

MundaringLocalAdministrators@dec.wa.gov.au

If you have any enquiries, please contact CAWA via email: cawa@climberswa.asn.au

CAWA AGM 2013 – Wed 27th Feb, 6pm-9pm

What: CAWA Annual General Meeting 2013

When: Wed 27th Feb, Registrations from 5.30pm.  AGM will run from 6pm – 9pm

Where: Woolnough Lecture Theatre, The University of Western Australia – http://www.uwa.edu.au/campus-map

Why: Elect 2013 CAWA Committee, see how and what your Association is doing in 2012/13, vote on CAWA Photo Comp entries, listen to an inspiring local climber and catch up with friends and fellow climbers!

Who: Open to all current CAWA members as well as non-members (family, friends, colleagues, climbers new to WA etc etc).  Entry is free to non-members, although only members will be able to vote.  Non-members will be able to join on the night (it will be the relevant six month membership.)

THIS IS CAWA’S ANNUAL GET TOGETHER. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER, YOUR ATTENDANCE IS GREATLY ENCOURAGED AND APPRECIATED AS IT  WILL ALLOW YOU TO SEE WHAT YOUR ASSOCIATION IS DOING AND HAVE A SAY TO CHANGE AND INFLUENCE THOSE ACTIONS. AS A MEMBER YOU CAN BRING TO THE AGM ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION, YOU CAN NOMINATE FOR COMMITTEE POSITIONS AND BE INFLUENTIAL IN THE DIRECTION CAWA IS TAKING.  THERE WILL ALSO BE SOME SPOT PRIZES, A STUNNING PRESENTATION OF A FIRST ASCENT ON NANGA PARBAT AND THE PHOTO COMPETITION FOR YOUR PLEASURE. SO PLEASE MAKE A SPECIAL EFFORT TO COME ALONG, CATCH UP WITH YOUR CLIMBING FRIENDS, SAY HI IF YOU ARE NEW, AND ENJOY THE EVENING.

Proxy: If you cannot make it, please be aware that as a member you are required to provide a proxy notice. A proxy is a notice of intent that shows that you have nominated someone to vote for you for the evening’s events.

The CAWA AGM is required to have at least one third of the number of members present, or accounted for with a proxy form in order to hold the event.  Without meeting this requirement, the meeting will need to be rebooked for the following month and people encouraged to come (or their proxy forms sent in) until a quorum is reached.  This is to ensure that the new committee can be elected, new events organised and you as CAWA members have a say in what goes on with the Association and the events that it holds.

AND, after a raging success last year, there are lots of GREAT reasons for you to turn up this year… Prizes, a photo completion, a visionary, highly experienced, local guest speaker, as well catching up with old friends, meeting some new ones and new this year: pizza and soft drinks!  You’d be silly to miss it!

Either RSVP your attendance or download the proxy form, fill it in and email it to cawa@climberswa.asn.au from here: AGM Proxy – pdf

The formal agenda and a proxy form will also be mailed to all members.

If you have any questions, problems or queries, please send an email to cawa@climberswa.asn.au The Proxy form can also be emailed to you as an attachment if it cannot be downloaded.

The UWA Tavern is open until 6pm, so many of us will be meeting there before the AGM starts for a quiet one – Feel free to join us.

See you there!

Kate Swain and Tony Brebner

AGM Photo Comp 2013

The 2013 AGM is coming up fast, so remember to take out your cameras and get some great shots of climbing to enter into the annual AGM Photo Competetion.

The 2012 Photo Comp saw over $200 in prizes go out to the top three winners for both Climbing in WA and Climbing Everywhere Else categories.

To Enter:

  1. YOU must be the person who took the photo.  This year the photos can only be submitted by the photographer.
  2. The photo must have been taken in this AGM year, i.e. after the last AGM, but before the next one.
  3. You must be a current CAWA member.

Send you photos to kates@climberswa.asn.au and please include:

  1. Your name
  2. Location of the photo and details if you wish to include them such as climber, route, cliff etc

Please also indicate if you do NOT wish to have your photo published in the CAWA 2013 Calendar.  Calendars will be available for purchase at $10 on the night of the AGM, and afterwards in your local gym if there are any left…

Cut off date for entries is Wed 30th January 2013.  This gives me enough time to put the slideshow together, make voting slips, create the calendar and get it printed in time for the AGM in mid Feb 2013.

If you have any questions, please email me at kates@climberswa.asn.au.

Good luck!

Kate Swain

Rescue Practise Day

Rescue Practise Day

A key part of climbing, particularly in remote locations or when multi-pitching, but also on single pitch sports climbs, is some basic knowledge of rescue techniques.  This can be self-rescue, like how to place and use a prussic, how to escape a belay and how to tie and use a munter hitch for rappelling (if you happen to drop your belay device for example).

I use these skills little these days, so I’m keen to practise my rescue skills, dust off the cobwebs of the mind and refresh myself of what to do and how to do it.  That way in the event that I need them, I can do what I need to efficiently and with minimal fuss, so I can get on with doing more climbing!

This is an Invitation to anyone else who would like to join myself and Jonas Hollingworth at Mountain Quarry on Sunday 18th November from 2pm onwards to practise:

  1. Rappelling with a leg prussic
  2. Alternate methods of rappelling: munter hitch, double wrap, extra friction etc.
  3. Tying off abseil devices
  4. Turning your seat harness into a full body harness
  5. Prussicing single and double on an overhanging face
  6. Using natural anchors and principles of anchor points (maybe revision for some)
  7. Basic pulley systems with auto block
  8. Assisted hoist (lead climber hoisting the follower up if s/he can’t climb on)

Please note: This is NOT an instruction class.

If you’d like to come along, or have any questions, please send me an email as I’ve booked the quarry for 30 people on Sunday 18th November, meeting at 2pm.  Afternoon shade should be kicking in then.

Email registration or enquiries to: kates@climberswa.asn.au

Mountain and Statham’s Quarry Bookings – CHANGES TO BOOKING SYSTEM from WED 1st AUG 2012

As I mentioned in my post a few of weeks ago, the Perth Hills National Park Centre (PHNPC) is in the process of scaling back its public information role.  The visitor centre at the PHNPC will now only open to support their community education programs through Eco Education and Nearer to Nature. 

 

Therefore, as of Wednesday 1st August, 2012, DEC’s Perth Hills District office, which is located across the road from the Perth Hills National Park Centre, at 275 Allen Road, Mundaring, will take over the quarry bookings.  Bookings can be made 7 days a week during normal business hours 8:00am to 4:00pm by telephoning 9290 6100.   At this time of the year the weekend enquiries will be diverted to a rostered officer, who will have access to the booking records. 

 

Later in the year (September/October) the DEC office will be open on weekends throughout the summer to accommodate their bushfire commitments.  Therefore I would ask all climbers to, whenever possible, make bookings Monday to Friday during summer. 

 

DEC are also going to trial bookings via an email address Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.  The email system is for climbers who wish to make bookings in advance, as the response will not be immediate, and is only available Monday to Friday.  The email address is:

MundaringLocalAdministrators@dec.wa.gov.au

 

Please note that groups not climbing or abseiling are required to complete a non-commercial recreation event application or film permit prior to making a booking.  This includes geological studies, weddings, concerts, educational activities, filming etc. 

 

CAWA asks that you please be patient during the transition as district staff become familiar with the process and the booking system.  Please also pass this information along to anyone that you may know of be impacted by the changes.  This information will also be published in the Western Climber and notices put up in the climbing gyms.

 

If you have any enquiries, please contact CAWA via email: cawa@climberswa.asn.au

UPDATE: Perth Hills National Parks Centre – Changes and effects to quarry booking system

CAWA has been in contact with DEC regarding the Hills Centre being closed on the weekend.  DEC were not aware of the Centre being closed on the weekend, and subsequently have discovered the following:

The Nearer to Nature Perth Hills National Parks Centre (PHNPC), who have been accepting bookings for both Mountain and Statham’s Quarries on behalf of the DEC Mundaring Office, will be reducing their opening hours.  Due to a reduction in funding, the PHNPC will be reducing their opening hours, both on week days and weekends.  The hours will be adjusted to when the Centre is running Nearer to Nature activities, so the opening hours will become variable.

Therefore the DEC Mundaring Office is preparing to take over the booking system for the quarries, along with other public and recreational inquiries, which the Hills Centre currently provides.  Ultimately the opening hours will be longer, particularly on weekends, with the DEC Mundaring Office taking bookings.  In the mean time, the variable opening hours of the Hills Centre are already in effect (i.e. the Hills Centre is not open on all weekends, but will be open most week days.)  Therefore I would suggest that if you are thinking of climbing at either Mountain or Statham’s Quarry on the weekends during the next few months, to phone during the week and make a booking. 

If you do need to phone the Hills Centre on the weekend, and the Centre isn’t open, then there should be a voice mail message with a mobile number to call.  Please phone the number they give you (this may change weekend to weekend, depending on who is on duty), and the person you speak to should have the gate codes and take bookings.  Please leave a message if they don’t answer straight away.

The transition will be occurring over the course of the next few months.  As this is a sudden change in operation for the Hills Centre, not linked to the DEC, the DEC and CAWA would appreciate your understanding over the next few months while the booking systems get changed over and the phone numbers to call are changed.

CAWA will endeavour to keep the climbing community informed of any updates.

Reminder – the phone number for the Hills Centre is:  9295 2244
Opening Hours are 8:30am-4:30pm on week days.