Survey Results – CAWA Climbing Competition in 2012

Thanks to those of you who replied to the survey. 75 responses were received with 46 people completing the survey.

Here is the link to the Straw Poll results. What this indicates, is that currently, the majority of respondents would like a “Fun” competition in 2012, rather than a “Formal” competition in 2012. There are a number of climbers, as indicated in the poll, who would prefer a more “Formal” competition.

“Formal” means that the competition would be run as an accredited Western Australian State Championship with competitors earning points towards the National Championship. For those of you who would like to understand more about the “Formal” competition structure & requirements, Anthony Brandis, (CAWA Committee –Events & Competitions), will be posting a Blog which will summarise the entry requirements and rules of the competition.

This year, CAWA will provide its members and the greater rock climbing community across Western Australia with a series of Rock Climbing Competitions, co-hosted by Perth indoor rock climbing centres. They will be run as a “Fun” set of comps to both introduce new climbers to competition level climbing and to encourage experienced climbers to compete to demonstrate their skills. Details of these competitions scheduled to run from June 2012 through to Sept 2012 are being prepared at the moment.

CAWA strives to accommodate the aspirations of its members and as such is looking at holding the WA State Sport Climbing Championship. This competition will be a “Formal” Competition and is slated for 2013. Keep an eye on the CAWA blog for further information as it is due to be announced later this year.

Keep watch on the CAWA Web for more details that will follow in the near future.

CAWA Members “Knots Knight”

CAWA Members “Knots Knight”

CAWA’s famous Knots Knight…Come down and learn how to tie those knots which any climber should know.

From the simple clove hitch to the more advanced prusik, and a lot in between! We will be demonstrating how to tie these knots and then taking you through the whole process.

Additionally we will be discussing in what general situations you could end up using these knots. From tying into the end of a rope, to which knots to use to set up anchors and belay anchors.

CAWA is providing this as an “information only” evening, this is not instructional.


Cnr James & Milligan Streets Northbridge, Perth WA 6003

When  : Wednesday 29th February, 7:30pm-8:30/9:00pm (depends how long it takes to untie yourself!)

Why    : Cause we love it. Come and meet some new members, share a laugh.

What to bring : If you have them, then bring your harness and some short lengths of rope & tape to practice with also bring your climbing rope if you have one.

Food & Drink : Can be purchased downstairs.

Great CAWA AGM 2012 turnout…

At the CAWA AGM for 2012, we had a fantastic turnout of over 70 members and guests enjoying quite an eventful evening.

The “new-look” AGM seemed to go down a treat with a Steve Job’s style presentation, but with less gadgets and more jokes !

Significantly the 2012 CAWA Committee was endorsed and the motion to accept the new Committee was passed unanimously. I am honoured to represent you as CAWA President again for 2012. I am also very happy and grateful to have Kate Swain with us on the Committee this year as Vice-President. Kylie West, Janice Tong and Brenton Forrest continue on the Committee with us and we welcome to the Committee for 2012, Anthony Brandis, Trevor Peter, Mark Kleinman, Walley Jones and George Firth.

In your Committee for 2012 you have a very strong and competent group. We continue to deliver on our mission and vision for the CAWA Membership and all climbers in Western Australia.

Highlight of the evening was an enthralling presentation by Patrick Hollingworth on his story and lead up to summiting Mt Everest in 2010. It was an inspirational and emotional journey that he undertook over a number of years, and with his talk, he brought us along to the top of the world with him and his Sherpa friends. Thanks Patrick, quite a journey !!

The Photo Competition was a hit, coolly run by Kate. The CAWA Calendars were also a sought after item – $10ea only 25 left, so please drop an email to us if you want one.

We recognise and respect the words from long serving CAWA Member, Mike Adams last night, and thank him for his endorsement and words of encouragement. Thank you for speaking for the CAWA Membership Mike.

So we’ve talked the talk – so now we must walk the walk. Come along on the journey – it will be fun.

Many thanks from your Committee of 2012 and

Tony Brebner

CAWA President

Willy’s Trip – Labour Day Long Weekend

We’re organising a climbing trip Labour Day long weekend to Willyabrup, Friday 2nd – Monday 5th March 2012

We’ll be staying at the Gracetown Caravan Park. CAWA has reserved a group block of 12 unpowered camping sites at a cost of $16 per person per night for a minimum of 3 nights, Friday 2nd to Sunday 5th March. Most of you know about the campsite and its proximity to Willyabrup and other climbing areas. 

I am certain there will be a lot of interest, so booking will be taken on first-come-first-served basis as the campsite is heavily booked for this coming long weekend. Alternatively, if the 12 spots are taken, you may wish to contact the Gracetown Caravan Park directly on (08) 97555301.

Of course, if you are too late in replying or wish to camp or stay elsewhere, you are welcome to do so but still participate in all the CAWA activities on this trip. There are also other camping and caravan parks in Prevelly and Margaret River.

If you are interested in coming, please let us know by email at Directions and more information will be sent to you after registration.

Most will travel down on Friday 2nd March afternoon/evening, but please ensure you arrive no later than 9pm, as requested by the campsite management.  That gives us the ability to get after an early start on the rock on Saturday morning.

Read about the Willyabrup and other local areas in the Perth Rock Climbing Guide and follow the links on the CAWA web.

 Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming can join online.

 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. 

For any other queries contact Tony on 0416186510

It’s on !!! CAWA AGM – Wed 15th Feb – COME ALONG

Hi all CAWA and non-CAWA members.

The “new-look” AGM is here Wed 15 Feb 2012, at the Subiaco Arts Centre, Main Auditorium, 180 Hamersley Rd, Subiaco from 06:30pm.

We’re bringing a new way to present the AGM, which is open to all. The attached agenda and flyer shows what’s on and how we are going to present it.

It will be a “sought-after” event. We expect a large CAWA and non-CAWA crowd and have a new venue to provide a more engaging seated arrangement, with free parking and bar facilities on the premises.

The highlight of the AGM is the CAWA Climbing Photographic Competition and a Keynote Presentation by Mt Everest summiter, Patrick Hollingworth.

It’s open to all. FREE for CAWA members and a small entry fee of $10 for non members (waived if you join up on the night!!!).

It’s a key night in the CAWA 2012 calendar and prepare to be inspired by a Perth boy who dreamed to reach the top of the world. He did and he’s going to show us how he did it.. Yup, there’s hope for us all !

Make sure you attend…..Come early, bring your wallet (cash bar is available and opens at 6pm), and enjoy it.

Tony Brebner, CAWA President and all the Committee of 2011/2012.

Gym Crash at Rockface 12 Jan 2012


Last night’s Gym Crash at Rockface had an excellent turnout from the CAWA membership and significantly, a number of new members came along as well. Whilst your’s truly was trying to speed up the Pizza’s for the early climbers and slowing down the Pizza’s for the late commers, everyone looked like they were having a good time.

It was great to see so many CAWA members interacting and that’s what the association is predominately there for.

Thanks for your support last night and a great evening. Please continue to support your association and its efforts to bring you quality and interesting climbing experiences.

Tony Brebner, CAWA President (And last night’s Pizza Man !)

CAWA is now on Facebook !!!

Great News !!! CAWA is now live on Facebook.

Thanks to Mark Weatherill our legendary webmaster, the CAWA Facebook page is up. Please join up as you wish. All post from the CAWA web page will be linked through to the CAWA Facebook wall and events will be posted as they come up.

Great place to invite friends, post your stunning climbing photos and see what’s happening in the CAWA climbing scene.

Tony Brebner, CAWA President

Moses Rock Mini-Guide

Krish Seewraj and friends, Lisa and Elseya have produced another quality new miniguide for Moses Rock in the SW of Western Australia. It has been posted to the Miniguides and Moses Rock pages.

If anyone has prior claim to any of the routes, please send an email to with proof and details so that the mini-guide can be updated.

Thanks go to Lisa, Krish and Elseya for their contibutions once again.

CAWA Welcome to 2012

Hi all CAWA Members. A warm welcome to you all, your families and friends from your CAWA President and Committee for the 2012 year. I trust 2011 was a great year for climbing and assure you that we are going to deliver on an even more spectacular year in 2012.

 New Years day in Perth is a far cry from Christmas Day in the Italian Dolomites where the Pres and his family have just arrived back from. As a treat for our 17yr old school leaver son this year, we returned once again to Selva Gardena Wolkstein in the Italian Alps, the Dolomites, for some serious snow skiing. Snow did eventually come to Europe, and in buckets. The 37Deg C we flew back into from a regular -4Deg C to -12Deg C on the slopes was welcome, if only for a short time.

 However my thoughts, whilst concentrating on keeping upright on the spectacular ski runs in the Sella Ronda region, kept flicking back to the majestic rock walls of the Dolomites. The towering and breathtaking size of these ranges were a daily beacon and I looked for routes and opportunities for a summer return to climb. There is a strong Alpine Guide organisation which runs instructional and guided climbs of some of the most spectacular routes in the Dolomites and in my halted German/Italian I learned that there were numerous sports routes, trad routes and for those who want to try something different, Via Ferrata routes within walking distance of the village. The region is a haven for hi-adrenalin summer activities and boasts rock climbing, hiking, serious MTB tracks, pargliding, and sky diving to name a few. It even has its own rock climbing gym. All the apres-activity bars clubs and restaurants are there from traditional Italian, to German Stuba’s to uber-cool groove lounges.

 I know that some of you have spent time climbing in various European locations. Climbing in Spain, France, the UK, Italy and other climbing mecca’s of Europe would be on my “Bucket List”. But most of us don’t have unlimited time or funds to do the lot so a short foray for 2-3 weeks in summer would certainly sound appealing. Stay tuned for more news on a summer climbing camp in Europe…..

 Nola and I are avid second hand bookshop pillagers. We can spend hours rummaging through dusty shelves and racks of old books in the hope of finding a lost classic that we had as a set books in our youth, or an unusual tome that would keep mind sharp for the times it may need some additional exercise. Recently we hit mother lode here in WA. In Nannup there is an Antiques and Collectibles shop and under a pile of undisturbed outdoor books I found a magnificent collection of climbing greats. Arthur Roth’s stunning compilation of the history of the Eiger titled, Eiger Wall of Death, Chris Bonnington’s Everest The Hard Way, Henrich Harrier’s The White Spider and an old favourite, Seven Years in Tibet and more recent books like Lincoln Hall’s Dead Lucky and Matt Dickinson’s Death Zone. Just yesterday in Freo we stumbled into another bookshop which had Chris Bonnington’s Mountaineer, a large coffee table book of photos of some of the most challenging climbs on the planet. And who has yet to read Sir Edmund Hillary – An Exceptional Life. An exceptionally inspiring and invigorating read.

 2012 will bring us whatever the four winds throw at us. What we make of 2012 is of our own action. At CAWA, we continue to work on last year’s initiatives. We are going to strengthen our membership base, propose new climbing events and locations, bring some serious climbing competition to WA, engage some keynote speakers and continue to support developing our new climbers and the sport in our great State.

 Join us for a great 2012.

 Tony Brebner, CAWA President – 1 January 2012.

CAWA Christmas Party

Just a reminder CAWA will be holding our annual end of year celebration as usual. CAWA members and their partners are welcome. Non members and potential members are encouraged to come along and find out what CAWA is all about.

Thank you to all who have already sent their RSVP’s. We have had a great response so far and will be a really fun afternoon. So if you intend on joining us please RSVP as soon as you can by no later than this Wednesday 30th.

Theme: Red and Green or your favourite Xmas outfit (remember there will be children attending)
When: Sunday 4th December, 3.30pm-7pm (BBQ around 5pm)
Where: Point Walter Reserve in Bicton (See map on the online guide)

Blackwall Reach

Directions: Come down Honour Rd on the left side of Pt Walter Reserve, going straight through the roundabout at Carroll Drive and continuing on past the tennis courts. On your right you will see a kid’s playground some parking and BBQ’s that are quite close to the road. We will be in that general area, fairly close to the road. On your left, if you follow the path down to the water, you will find a long expanse of limestone wall conveniently placed for your bouldering pleasure.

What to bring: Deck chairs or picnic blankets, Sun screen, hats, mozzie repellent, towel, old climbing shoes or joggers, chalk bag, swimmers, jumper (if it comes in cool) and your favourite outdoor game.

CAWA will provide: a selection of BBQ meats, sauce, buns, tasty salads. Soft drink and water, plastic plates, cups and cutlery, BBQ Masterchef’s required to help handle the tongs !!! (Please inform us of any dietary requirements when you RSVP)

Activities: Bouldering (is optional), Eating (5-6pm) and your favourite outdoor game
If you’ve never bouldered at Blackwall Reach before, please note that there is a good chance you’ll get wet, so being able to swim is handy. This will either come from falling into the river, or from young hoons jumping into the water from the top and splashing you. It’s a long traverse on limestone and it will probably help if you join people who have been there before. It’s not overly obvious where the start is and they’ll be able to point out sections that are a bit tricky or where, if you’re getting pumped, it might pay to wade across the submerged rocks rather than fall onto them. You can climb up high or stay as low as you like. Overall, your commonsense will need to prevail, as with all climbing activities. The rock is sharp and tends so don’t have a manicure the day before, it’ll be wasted.

Good attire to wear are bathers and/or boardies and old climbing shoes (trainers are ok). Chalk bags not necessary. If you have kids or other non-climbing family members coming along and they want to try it, remember that you’ll be responsible for them as due to legal and liability reasons CAWA cannot be responsible for their supervision and safety.

Cost: Non members $10, Kids under 10yrs are free. Payment can be done on the day, please bring exact change. CAWA T-shirts $15 (Sizes and colours are limited) and Guide books $29 (down from $39 in the retail shops) will be available for purchase as a once off on the day special.

RSVP: by no later than Wednesday 30th November
Please note that RSVP’s are required to ensure that attendees are catered for.

We look forward your response