Easter trip to Peak Charles 3 – 6 April

Rick Allen will be coordinating a trip to Peak Charles over the Easter holiday from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April 2015

Peak Charles is a massive granite dome in the Peak Charles National Park, approximately 800 – 900 km east of Perth, depending on which route is taken.  It is south-east of Norseman and north-north-west of Esperance.  It is worth every hour of driving for the excellent rock and multi-pitch routes.  Climbs range from grade 11 to 27 and up to 5 or 6 pitches, so can suit all tastes. It is predominantly trad climbing. We shall be camping at the DPaW campsite at Peak Charles, where facilities are basic (drop toilet only) and there is no running water so everyone will need to be completely self-sufficient.  Access to the area involves either a few hundred km of dirt road via Lake King, or about 50 km of dirt from the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.  A 4WD is handy, but as long as there has not been a lot of rain, the road is passable in a normal car if care is taken. We shall keep participants posted about weather conditions closer to the time. 

 Skill Level
Multi-pitch routes mean that at least one person on the rope needs to know what they are doing. We’d love to see you there, but it’s important to understand that climbing at PC is not suited to beginners unless they are accompanied by an appropriately experienced person. This area is not well suited to setting up top ropes and lead climbing (mostly trad) is generally required to access routes. All climbers on the trip must be independent participants who are completely responsible for themselves.  Any inexperienced climbers, or participants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or other responsible person to accompany them. If you are keen to come but unsure about your experience level or lack a climbing partner or transport, contact me at ricka@climberswa.asn.au

Registering Your Interest
Please register your interest soon by emailing me at ricka@climberswa.asn.au.  I will then send you a questionnaire to complete as well as more detailed information. I shall do my best to assist members to organise car pooling. 

Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Joining online is easy, through the link on the CAWA home page. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Foundation Day Trip to Kalbarri

The long awaited Kalbarri trip is just around the corner: Friday 30th May to Monday 2nd June 2014. 

The climbing

Steep sandstone walls carved out by the Murchison River provide both trad and sport climbing opportunities. Roughly six and half hour’s drive north of Perth, this unique climbing venue is well worth the trip. Kalbarri provides opportunities for trad leading in the middle and upper grades and sport climbing at a high level. You couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting. If you haven’t been before, the gorges are truly spectacular and just a great spot to spend the day. Winter is prime time climbing in the gorges, with excellent friction. Don’t be deceived by the weather forecast: it can be very cold in the gorge and those that had down jackets were very thankful last year.

 Though the areas around the Z Bend tend to attract most climbers, there is some excellent, moderate trad climbing out at Hawke’s Head. Be aware that this great little spot requires the ability to abseil in and climb out.

 We would love to see you all there. We also need to make sure that everyone is clear about what to expect of the area. Kalbarri is not an ideal venue for beginners, unless they are accompanied by a suitably experienced climber. This is because access to routes will usually require lead climbing and the ability to set up top ropes is very limited. The climbing also tends to be moderate to very hard.

 The main guides to the area are Northern Rock and West Australian Rock. These will give you a good idea of the climbing on offer.

 The road out to the Z Bend is now sealed for the first twelve kilometres. The remaining section can be in variable condition but accessible by 2WD.

 Accommodation

 We have some luxurious, unpowered, hopefully a bit grassy, tent sites booked. Please let me know as soon as possible if you plan to attend so that we can ensure we have enough space to accommodate everybody. These days caravan parks require deposits, so we only book a few sites until we have numbers confirmed.

 Considering that management of the Kalbarri National Park is currently under review, which includes activities deemed to pose any threat to the environment, CAWA would ask that everybody seriously consider staying in town. The sealed road makes road closure far less likely. Though camping is permitted in the gorge (mulit day hikes), Department of Parks and Wildlife would much prefer that climbers did not. In the interests of preserving our long term climbing access, we would have asked climbers to do this regardless of any review, but now it is especially important. There is particular sensitivity because one group of climbers left a lot more than footprints last year. More information will follow in another email from Dena Rao (CAWA President) shortly.

Registering Your Interest

Please register by emailing me at ricka@climberswa.asn.au. I will then send you a questionnaire to complete and provide further details. I will do my best to assist members to organise car pooling. 

 Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Joining online is easy, through the link on the CAWA home page. 

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

 Rick Allen

 CAWA Secretary

 The necessary disclaimer
CAWA is not able to provide training due to liability issues and so all climbers on the trip must be independent participants who are completely responsible for themselves.  Any inexperienced climbers or participants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or other responsible person to accompany them. 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.

Easter meet at Peak Charles

If it’s Easter, it must be Peak Charles
Rick Allen will be coordinating a trip to Peak Charles over the Easter holiday from Friday 18th to Monday 21st April 2014.

Peak Charles  is a massive granite dome in the Peak Charles National Park, approximately 800 – 900 km east of Perth, depending on which route is taken.  It is south-east of Norseman and north-north-west of Esperance.  It is worth every hour of driving for the excellent rock and multi-pitch routes.  Climbs range from grade 11 to 27 and up to 5 or 6 pitches, so can suit all tastes. It is predominantly trad climbing. We shall be camping at the DPaW campsite at Peak Charles, where facilities are basic (drop toilet only) and there is no running water so everyone will need to be completely self-sufficient.  Access to the area involves either a few hundred km of dirt road via Lake King, or about 50 km of dirt from the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway.  A 4WD is handy, but as long as there has not been a lot of rain, the road is passable in a normal car if care is taken. We shall keep participants posted about weather conditions closer to the time.

Skill Level
Multi-pitch routes mean that at least one person on the rope needs to know what they are doing. We’d love to see you there, but it’s important to understand that climbing at PC is not suited to beginners unless they are accompanied by an appropriately experienced person. This area is not well suited to setting up top ropes and lead climbing (mostly trad) is generally required to access routes. CAWA is not able to provide training due to liability issues and so all climbers on the trip must be independent participants who are completely responsible for themselves.  Any inexperienced climbers, or participants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or other responsible person to accompany them. 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.

Registering Your Interest
Please register your interest soon by emailing me at ricka@climberswa.asn.au.  I will then send you a questionnaire to complete as well as more detailed information. I will do my best to assist members to organise car pooling.

Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Joining online is easy, through the link on the CAWA home page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Ps. Especially hoping to hear from anyone unfortunate enough to be working Good Friday but still keen to go – you might share the driving with me!

Rick Allen