Quarry Booking Etiquette


Due to the recent busyness of the quarries over the last few weeks, I would like to thank everyone who is now making a booking.

I understand that there is now some feedback saying the quarries are full when people try to book, but when they turn up, they find them at less than capacity.  



Can I please request that phone to cancel a booking.  If you have booked, but are not going to go, or you have overbooked, could you please phone the Hills Centre up and CANCEL your booking, or amend the numbers.  DEC are requesting this from all user groups.

The effectiveness of the booking system is only as good as the people using it, and this is the case for small groups as much as large ones. 

Most climbers will book on the day, and if you decide not to go, then by cancelling your booking, those people who can and do want to go will then get the opportunity to. 



Could I please also remind everyone to not only shut the gate, but also lock it, both going in and coming out.  This protects everyone’s interests (your valuables and noisy/disruptive undesirables), as well as allowing the booking system to work more effectively.

I trust that with the majority of people following the system, we will find that there is plenty of space in the quarry for all.



When making a booking, could you please also indicate the following to the Hills Centre:

  1. Will you be there all day, or just the morning/afternoon?

This will help share the number of people who are in there at any one time to 40 throughout the day, not just at its peak.

Quarry Booking Reminder

Hi All,


In these busy times, can I please remind everyone to book when using the Quarries.  Please phone the DEC Hills Center between 8:30am-4:30pm on week days and 10am-4pm on weekends on 9295-2244.


Can you please also shut the gate behind you.




Kate Swain

CAWA Vice President

‘Oldies’ Night at Rosie O’Grady’s – Wed 9th May

The inspiration behind this night was a short video put together by some of the original first ascensionists, and originators of CAWA, Dave James and ‘Mac’ McArthur of that CAWA had been up to in year 1976.  Many of the climbers in the video, and some new comers, are still around and climbing, self nicknamed the ‘Oldies’, and they’ve offered to come along and talk about the exciting discovery of new crags such as Churchman’s Brook, the flurry of new routes and first ascents and the history behind the development of climbing in WA.


So come along and share a piece of WA climbing history, find out how ‘Pink Knickers’ (13) at Churchman’s Brook got it’s name, and find out the secret to being able to climb till you’re 80!


Venue is Rosie O’Grady’s in Northbridge, with a 6:30pm arrival for a 7pm start.


If you have any questions, please email: Kate Swain at kates@climberswa.asn.au


See you there!

First Ascent of The Climb Nov 78, climber Mike Smith. Photographer Peter Wopereis

CAWA Calendars Available – Stock Limited

Hi All,

The CAWA Calendars composed from photos submitted for the AGM Photo Comp Climbing in WA are available for purchase.  Copies are $10 each and are dated Feb 2012 to Jan 2013 to coincide with the next AGM and next Photo Comp (and new Calendar!).

Dates for CAWA events are also listed in the Calendar including social events, gym crashes and trips away.  The photos feature some great climbing in some of WA’s best locations including Kalbarri, West Cape Howe, Kalamunda Boulders, Peak Charles and many more.

Send an email to cawa@climberswa.asn.au if you would like one, and we can arrange it to be dropped off if you work in the city, or they can be dropped off at a climbing gym for pick up.  Only 25 left!  So it’s first in best dressed.

Cover of the CAWA Calendar 2012

CAWA AGM Photo Comp Winners

Hi All,

Thanks to all those who attended the AGM last night, it was a great turn out with about 70 people all up.

Tony did a great job MCing for the night, and the photo competition was also a huge success, with a very close run for the winning photos in the ‘Everywhere Else’ category.

Thanks to all those who put in their photos, we have a CAWA Calendar for sale using some of the photos entered for the Climbing in WA category.  Calendars are $10 and are on a Feb 2012 to Jan 2013 basis to coincide with the AGM, and we will be running both the competition and the calendars again next year!

Winners for this year for Climbing in WA are:

Jon Gregg on Karma (25) at Castle Rock, Porongorups.



1st Place:

Photographer: PETER THOMAS

Peter won a $100 gift voucher for Mainpeak.



Remi Vignals leading out on Just Call Me Thor (23) at Peak Charles.


 2nd Place:

Photographer: BRIAN TAN 

Brian won a Simon Carter Photography book World Climbing: Images from the Edge worth $60.



Leslie Rayment, belayed by Anthony Brandis on The Climb (18) at West Cape Howe, Albany.


3rd Place:

Photographer: KAREN MAGISTRO,

Karen and Anthony won a 3 year subscription to ROCK magazine.








Winners for Climbing Everywhere Else are:

Wilson Tucker on Weaverworld (23), The Gallery, Grampians VIC.
1st Place: 

Photographer: PETER TREEBY, Entry Winner: WILSON TUCKER

Wilson won a $100 gift voucher for Paddy Pallin’s.
Joshua Thelwell working on Tantrum, V11, in the Grampians, VIC.
2nd Place: 

Photographer: BRIAN TAN 

Brian won a Simon Carter Photography book World Climbing: Rock Odyssey  worth $60.

Remi Vignals on Screaming Insanity (26), Coolum Cave, QLD.

3rd Place:


Delphine and Remi won a 3 year subscription to ROCK Magazine

Reminder – CAWA AGM Photo Competition

Entries close at midnight on Monday 23rd January.

We would also like to put together a CAWA Calendar using the photos that you provide.  The calendar would be to promote climbing in WA and CAWA events in 2012/13.  The Calendar will be a 13 month calendar from February 2012 to February 2013, to coincide with the CAWA AGM held in February each year.  The Calendar will be subsidised by CAWA, and will be sold to the climbing community at a price yet to be determined (somewhere around the $10 mark) to help cover printing costs.

I hope that this will encourage people to participate in the photo competition next year, and will also allow the photos you have taken to be showcased to encourage trips, events and just climbing in general.

Could you please confirm your consent to publish you photo(s) in the CAWA Calendar when you submit your photos.

If you have any queries, please email either myself: kates@climberswa.asn.au or Tony Brebner, CAWA President: tonyb@climberswa.asn.au.

I look forward to seeing more photos!


Photo competition for AGM 15th Feb 2012

A photo competition is being held as part of the CAWA Annual General Meeting in February next year.  There are two categories:

  1. Climbing in WA
  2. Climbing everywhere else

The photos will be compiled as a powerpoint presentation and displayed on the night of the AGM, with members who turn up able to vote on the best photo.  There will be prizes for each category, and possibly additional prizes for the runners up.

If you would like to enter, please send your photos to: kates@climberswa.asn.au with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Name of the photographer
  3. Name of the climber
  4. Location
  5. Route

If you have any queries, email kates@climberswa.asn.au

Photos will then be published in the Western Climber for inspiration for next year’s competition.