Summer Message from the President……


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……


…… 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

  • 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.

Mount Frankland Trip Registration is now open!!!


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…..

Kelly enthusiastically steaming up the first pitch of Dream Weaver
Kelly enthusiastically steaming up the first pitch of Dream Weaver

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.

Tony Brebner

CAWA President

Mob : +61 (0)416186510



Mark Kleinman

CAWA Committee Member

 Mob : 0420829642



CAWA Knots v3.1 is now on the 14th!!!

Moved to Tuesday Night – May 14th!

Starts at 7:00pm

Don’t get tied up at home when you can do that at Rosie O’Grady’s.
Learn some handy climbing knots and rope craft
See how to hank a climbing rope quick and easy, bring your own rope if you want to practise.
Bring some prussic cord if you have some. If you have no idea then you should come and learn what it is and how it is used.
There will be some games to play as well.