Adjourned CAWA AGM: Monday 14 March 2016

Bugger. We didn’t achieve quorum at the planned AGM on 22 February 2016. What does this mean? We weren’t able to conduct any of the formal business such as elections, so we now must organise an adjourned AGM. It will be held at a different venue.

Several members have asked what ‘proxy’ and ‘quorum’ mean and why they are important. Proxy means you authorise another member who will be at the meeting, to vote on your behalf, when you can’t physically be there. A proxy is only valid when the form is fully completed and submitted in advance, by the specified date and time. Quorum means the minimum number of members that need to be present either physically or by a proxy form, to enable the formal business to be legally conducted. By submitting a proxy, you are included in the quorum, thereby helping to make up the numbers we need to proceed on the night.

Only full members (over the age of 18) are entitled to vote at a general meeting.

We totally understand that members may not be able to make the meeting but please, please, please send in your proxies following the instructions provided by email and snail mail (and on the form itself) if you can’t make it. We need you or your proxy form! We know everyone is busy and it’s easy to put it on the ‘do later’ pile and then forget.

Members should have received their invite and proxy form by snail mail by now.

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($25), Climb Tasmania ($45, limited copies) and CAWA T-shirts ($25) will be available. Please bring exact money.

Back by popular demand, the amazing technicolour 2016 CAWA calendar will also be on sale ($15). What greater piece of artwork could adorn your walls? Even better, a great gift for your partner, friend, someone you fancy and want to impress, climbing buddy, neighbour, workmate, random stranger…anyone really.

Please note that the AGM is a member only event.

Venue: Department of Sport and Recreation, 246 Vincent St, Leederville.
(Parking tip: FREE parking at the Loftus Centre, Cnr Vincent and Loftus St or paid street parking)

Time: Arrive 6 pm to register, for 6.30 pm sharp start.

You are most welcome to bring food and drink.

Look forward to seeing you all there (again)!

Dena Rao
CAWA President

Gym Crash 16th February 6:30pm at Rockface


The next CAWA gym crash will be held at Rockface – 63b John Street, Northbridge.

Come along and have a boulder or partner up for top rope, there is also a lead section you can have a play on. Gym crashes are a great way to meet new climbing partners then feast on some delicious pizza.

Starts around 6:30 pm on Tuesday 16th February.

Special CAWA member entry cost is $10. FREE PIZZA for members – Look out for Andrew wearing a blue CAWA t-shirt to make sure you get your order in if you want to indulge, we will order around 7:15pm.

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide and CAWA t-shirts will be available for purchase ($25). It would be appreciated if you could bring the exact amount.

This is the last gym crash before the AGM on the 22nd February.

Gym crashes are a member benefit. Joining online is easy via the CAWA website homepage.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Andrew Cotterell
CAWA committee member

Mt Frankland Climbing Trip 4th-7th March

CAWA invites all members to join us at Mount Frankland in the picturesque Karri forest north of Walpole, 400km south of Perth.

Mt Frankland is a 422 m high granite dome set in the middle of a beautiful karri forest, located in the Mt Frankland National Park. The main and most worthwhile climbing is on the main dome. Best known for its slab and face climbing, you will also find the odd crack as well. It involves multi-pitch climbing with a mix of bolted and traditional. You can just do the single pitch stuff but will run out of climbs fairly quickly and it is only possible to top rope a few climbs from the bottom. To get a better idea of the climbing, check out the West Australian Rock or the South Coast Rock guidebook and the newer climbs are detailed on the CAWA website at the link Mount Frankland New Climbs.

Camping is not allowed at Mt Frankland but for a small fee comfortable sites with a basic camp kitchen and drop toilet are not too far away. Water is generally available but this is variable and you should be totally self sufficient. BYO firewood, however check for any fire bans. The road off the main highway is dirt and can be in variable condition, though always 2WD friendly.

It’s always a great weekend away and a good chance to meet other climbers. There are lots of other outdoor activities in the area including kayaking, bushwalking and mountain biking.  We will be keeping a close eye on the weather.

Please note that CAWA trips are only open to current members. Non-members who are interested in coming can join online here:  Become a CAWA member.

Due to legal and liability issues, CAWA does not provide training on trips. All climbers must be independent participants who are completely responsible for themselves. 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.

If you have any queries or to register for the trip, please email me at

Nathan Cole

CAWA Committee Member

Mike Law Training Clinics – Register Now!

Somewhere on the Sydney sea cliffs.
Mike somewhere on the Sydney sea cliffs.

We recently announced Mike Law’s visit to Perth to run some climbing clinics and speak at the AGM. One of Australia’s climbing legends (‘The Claw’), he is both knowledgeable and entertaining.

Perth climbers have a unique opportunity to come and learn from the master (and marvel at his amazing Hawaiian shirts). You can now register for the training clinics scheduled at the end of February. Current members have been given the opportunity to register for the clinics ahead of advertising on the CAWA website but there are still a few spots left.

There will be two clinics:

1. Transition from indoor to outdoor climbing: being self sufficient

  • This basic course in outdoor safety will make climbing a bit safer and more enjoyable. It provides some training in the skills you need to progress your climbing safely in the outdoors and be self sufficient.
  • WHY? Many climbers with gym training have high technical skills, but have little practical experience in staying alive outdoors.
  • WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?  A bit about belaying methods, abseiling, falling, retreating and rescue.
  • WHO SHOULD COME? Anyone who thinks their survival skills might be improved. This course is perfect for novice climbers who are looking to make the transition from indoors to outdoors; those who already climb outdoors but have limited experience; anyone uncertain of whether they are employing safe practices or if you aren’t confident you could manage a difficult situation when out climbing with a buddy.

Date: Friday 19 February 2016

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Venue: Climbing gym. TBC.

Cost: $ 50 per member (plus normal gym entry)

2. Advanced climbing skills (applicable to both trad and sport)

For the more experienced, Mike has some special treats in store, including:

  • The physics of climbing and belaying: Trad belaying, light and heavy climbers, belaying seconds and belay methods.
  • Trix and red-pointing: How to cheat at climbing. Speeding up multi-pitching.
  • Training: mental, technique, strength, movement on rock and how failure is the best teacher.
  • Trad and anchors: Hauling and setting up 2 bolt belay. Why does trad feel hard?
  • How to choose reasonable goals and achieve them and how not to destroy your body in the process by over-training.
  • How to deal with fear and what it reasonable to be afraid of.
  • Route and trip planning

Who is this course best suited to? Intermediate to advanced climbers (this means you have been spent quite a bit of time outdoors). It is not suitable for novice climbers.

Date: Sunday 21 February 2016

Time: Early start, TBA. Full day (likely to be a long one).

Venue: TBA and weather dependent. Starting outdoors then moving to indoors. In the event of truly vile weather (wet or really hot), then it will be run entirely indoors, where the skills can still be easily taught. Participants should be prepared to be flexible about course content.

Cost: $100 per member (plus normal gym entry)

Please note: HELMETS ARE COMPULSORY while we are outdoors and must be worn any time you are at the base or on top of a cliff.

Clinic numbers will be limited, to allow for individual attention.

Comprehensive notes will be provided to participants of both courses on the day. There will be a mix of theory and practical. Please bring a pen and notebook (unless you want to scribble on your handout).

Please note that the clinics and AGM are strictly CAWA member only events.

Keen to participate but not a CAWA member? Joining online is quick and easy: Become a CAWA member today.

How to register for the clinics:

Please email me at to register.

Please state which clinic you would like to attend and outline your climbing experience. I will then confirm your place and provide you with further details.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Dena Rao
CAWA President

CAWA Brings Mike Law to Perth Feb 2016

Working the first ascent of Grass Direct (25)
Working the first ascent of Grass Direct (25)

Mike Law is an Australian climbing legend and CAWA is bringing him to Perth in February 2016 to run a couple of clinics and speak at the AGM.

Mike was a leading climber in the 70s, developing many cliffs and new routes. Over the next 40 years he continued to put up many new routes (2800 m worth in one year!). Along the way he has climbed around the world, developed and tested bolting methods (placing over 2000 bolts in the last decade), and used his degree in materials science to test bolts and trad gear.

When middle-age hit he succumbed to an office job and worked on time-efficient training and climbing efficiently. Apart from climbing everywhere, his interests are the physics of climbing, belaying and gear.

Some of the best descriptions of ‘The Claw’ can be found in his book, ‘Law Unto Himself’ (2013). Reproduced here with permission are some excerpts to help create a picture of this colourful, outspoken man and whet your appetites:

Glenn Tempest says:

‘In the early 1970s a young red-headed Sydney schoolboy exploded onto the Australian climbing scene. Michael Law was born in era of dinosaur lines, etriers and ironmongery but, by a stroke of luck, his appearance also coincided with the first ripples of the free- and clean-climbing movement that was soon to become a tsunami. Young, quirky and tormented, Michael quickly became what many of us believe to be the most talented of Australia’s now legendary ‘New Wave’ generation of the 1970s and 80s.

His anarchistic behavior and constant blurring of ethical boundaries is matched only by his talent for spotting exceptional new lines and a voracious appetite for climbing them. The truth is that Michael has probably put up more classic climbs than anyone else in the country and there will be very few of us who have not praised, cursed or celebrated his efforts.’

From ‘Oozing to a Different Tune’ by Simon Mentz (foreword):

‘In today’s world where everyone climbs 8c and all you need to know about climbing can be accessed from your phone, the ramblings of some weak old codger in book form might not appear all that appealing. But while there is an ever increasing production line of strong climbers hitting the cliffs, it would appear that the factory must have lost the mould to Michael Law whose unique approach to climbing has been more akin to an artist than an athlete. (Note to reader: it should be acknowledged that Michael was once young and strong).

Michael’s impact on Australian rockclimbing is undeniable. His first claim to fame came way back in 1974 when as a fifteen year old schoolboy he made the first free ascent of the Blue Mountains testpiece, Janicepts at grade 21. Over the next four decades he went on to establish hundreds of quality new routes throughout Australia on everything from grotty little urban crags, frightening sea cliffs, consumer-friendly sport cliffs, superb trad crags and remote big cliffs. He is arguably responsible for more classic routes throughout Australia than anyone else.

But it is not just his long resume of new routes that Michael is renowned. His ability to ooze up a piece of rock that might spit off far stronger climbers, his ability to look at climbing from a different perspective and his creative and irreverent approach to so many other aspects of climbing – from protecting climbs with imaginative pieces of equipment (that may have been better left in his imagination) to outlandish fashion. He has entertained, inspired, frustrated and annoyed generations of climbers with his brilliance, enthusiasm and at times controversial approach.

From a personal perspective, I can’t think of any climber whose new routes combined with his writing I have derived so much pleasure. The more I climbed the more Michael’s writing spoke to me and the more I appreciated that X-factor that so many of his routes seemed to possess. Despite the many frustrating hours trying to work out baffling sequences to some of his climbs I always found them extremely rewarding. Usually it was a case of technique over brute strength. And like the moves on his climbs, much of his writing has lingered in my mind over the years too. Sometimes it was simply a route description from one of his guidebooks, such as this gem to Vampire Crack (grade 14) at Hanging Rock near Melbourne…
This is the token old-fashioned classic, it’s got the lot. A tight, thrutchy knee and squeeze chimney with sparse protection which is often wet. Especially in winter when the cliff is even more like a urinal wall. Despite all this it’s quite pleasant in a boy-scoutish sort of way.

Michael’s ability to capture the essence of something in as few a words as possible is also exceptional; I loved his effort many years ago when in a guidebook he reduced the entire climbing history to Mt Piddington in the Blue Mountains to this… ’64 -’67; the great John Ewbank. ’67 till now; the mobs. In recent years, grades climb and climbers fall. The only point to focus on is the leading edge of the present. However the current tendency for hung-over days on overhangs to merge into more wasted evenings can only be encouraged.’

Mike has a wealth of experience to share and we will be running two different types of clinics for CAWA members to cater for both less experienced and more advanced climbers.

More details about the clinics and how to register will be sent to members over the next month or so.

Dena Rao
CAWA President

Vertical Rescue Course for CAWA Members

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This one day course will be conducted by Adventure Out for CAWA members. It has been specifically designed to address the situations we commonly find ourselves in so that the skills you take away will be directly applicable and utilise the gear usually carried on single and multi-pitch climbs.

The rescue outline below has an individual focus for a climbing pair. It will not include a team rescue approach employing complicated equipment and complex rigging systems, although all of the skills taught do align with the large scale rescue techniques.


  • Introduction elements for both self and partner rescue session.
  • The methods outlined will be taught with minimal equipment (improvisation), with a focus on developing knowledge that provides the safest solution/s.

Self-Rescue Skills: Developing personal knowledge and skills.

  • Ascend a rope (prusiking)
  • Changing from a rope system to another independent rope system
  • How to rig a Belay Anchoring system that is quick, efficient and ready for any potential rescue (less than 30 second change process).
  • Escaping a jammed (compromised) belay anchoring system (poor and or incorrect rigging set up). A poor belay set up creates a secondary challenge that consumes time and requires self-escape before conducting a rescue for your partner.

Partner Rescue Skills:

  • Assessing the situation and developing a plan! Scenarios that lead into a practical response
  • Conscious partner rescue, who can or can’t assist
  • Unconscious partner rescue
  • Anchor point set up for mechanical advantage (MA) lift
  • MA systems  (2:1, 3:1 and 6:1 MA systems) to lift or access an injured climber
  • Lowering: single and double rope methods

Date: Sunday 10 January 2016

Time: All day. 

Cost: $95 per member (Normally this would cost $375 per person).

The low cost reflects AO kindly providing a special rate along with a further subsidy by CAWA.

CAWA members have already received notification about this course by email but there are still a few spots left.

If you are keen but not yet a CAWA member, you can join online quickly and easily here: Become a CAWA member today.

Please contact me to register and for further information:

Dena Rao

CAWA President

Logan Barber: A Local Climber’s Progression


Come and join a well-known local climbing icon, Logan Barber, as he shares climbing stories with his hometown. Focusing on his progression as a climber from Perth and his inspirations, the talk will cover his travels as well as his achievements stretching over a 19 year career that has taken him all over the world.

Yangshou | Kalymnos | Squamish | Yosemite | Red River Gorge | Patagonia | Zhangshiyan | Mijang | Heuco Tanks

Where: City Summit Climbing Centre

When: 30th January 2016 @ 7pm

Tickets: Presentation only: $10 Presentation and pre-climb $20

Food and beverages included

Contact information: Please phone City Summit on 9248 7035 with any queries

Remote Area First Aid Course January 2016

Climbers often find themselves in remote areas (a remote area being defined as more than one hour from definitive care, with definitive care being a permanent medical facility). Though remote first aid does not replace definitive medical care, the ability to provide immediate appropriate care to an injured or suddenly ill person could be life saving.

There is an increasing reliance on mobile phones to solve all problems, with the assumption that you can just call for help and someone will come. Help is more readily available in some places than others, but it still takes time for emergency services to respond. In some areas, rescue will depend on volunteer groups such as SES, who must be assembled and then deployed. The reality is that you could be waiting hours or even days for help to arrive.

In recognition of the importance of this type of training, we have organised for Survive First Aid to provide a remote area first aid course for CAWA members. In addition to a specially discounted rate, CAWA will further subsidise the training to encourage participation.

This nationally accredited training is recommended for anyone who spends time in the outdoors and though this course is being specifically run for CAWA members (and so tailored accordingly for climbing), it will equip you with the skills to handle remote area situations generally.

I can personally vouch for how good the training is and how life-like the scenarios are. Whilst at times confronting (fake wounds, fake blood etc), it highlights the importance of applying the skill and not just learning the theory. It’s challenging but fun and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

How Can Training Benefit You?

  • Nationally Recognised Units of Competency upon successful completion of the course
  • Develop your existing skills further and learn new skills
  • Opportunity to have your existing skills recognised with a nationally recognised qualification
  • This unit of competency can be used as part credit towards the nationally certified course Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation.

Students will need to complete these three areas of competency:

  • HLTAID003 Provide First Aid
  • SISOOPS305A Provide First Aid in a Remote Situation
  • SISXEMR201A Respond to an Emergency Situation

Topics covered will include:

DRSABCD Action Plan; CPR; unconscious patient; first aid principles and guidelines; shock; planning and preparation for a remote location; wounds; fractures; dislocations; sprains and strains; spine management; asthma; burns; anaphylaxis; hyperthermia; hyperthermia; bites and stings; abdominal and head injuries.

See here for more detailed information: Remote area first aid

Date and duration: Run over 2 ½ days, Friday 29 January – Sunday 31 January 2016

Normally 3 full days, we are running it over 2.5 days to try and fit in with work schedules.

Pre-course reading required (supplied once you register)

Friday 6-9 pm, Saturday 8-6 pm, Sunday 8-6 pm

Venue: Friday night and Sat will be at Department of Sport and Recreation offices in Leederville, Sunday at a quarry.

Cost: $ 300 per person (This includes CAWA subsidy. $350 paid direct to Survive and CAWA will reimburse you $50 once full payment has been made). Normally $450.

There are limited places so get in quick!

Please rsvp to me by Wednesday 16 December 2015 and I’ll provide you with further details about registration and payment:

If you would like to attend but are not already a CAWA member, you can join here: Become a CAWA member today

Dena Rao

CAWA President

FREE Skills Night for CAWA Members at Adventure Out


Keen to learn some tips and tricks to make you the most sought after belay bunny ever?

Want to know more about trad climbing but too afraid to ask?

Not sure how to use your equipment?

Do you know how to self rescue?

Does rope handling feel more like a B & D session gone wrong?

Experienced but looking to improve your knowledge?

Adventure Out (providers of outdoor training and activities) are very kindly hosting a skills night exclusively for CAWA members. It will be an informal evening where we will cover a smorgasbord of topics including but not limited to belaying, knots, self rescue, trad gear, correct use of equipment, rope handling and safety. There will also be some dodgy bits of gear on display to show you what to avoid.

The purpose of the evening is to give all climbers an opportunity to learn or review skills, ask questions and build on knowledge, including advanced techniques. It is therefore suited to everyone from novice to experienced climbers keen to do it better. Climbing, that is. We can’t help with the other stuff.

No matter how long you climb for, you will never know everything (even if you think you do). There is always something new and interesting to learn and who doesn’t want a broader skill set? It’s right up there with having a bigger rack.

It would be great to have  some of the crusty ‘old’ climbers come along and share some stories. Who knows, you might even be tempted to retire that twenty year old rusty cam in favour of some shiny new fandangled bit of gear. Or you can just bring your old relics for show and tell. Either way, a mix of experience always makes for an entertaining evening.

Everyone is welcome to bring whatever food and drink they would like (including a few beers). There is a fridge available for use.

There will also be an opportunity for CAWA members to access AO climbing courses at discounted rates.

When: Wednesday 2 December 2015

Time: 6 pm onwards for about 3-4 hours

Where: Adventure Out, Unit 5/324 Orrong Road, Welshpool

What to bring: Your usual climbing gear. BYO food and drink.

Don’t have a rack? Don’t panic! Just bring whatever you do have.

This event is one of the many benefits of being a CAWA member. If you are not yet a member, but keen to come along, joining is easy. Just follow this link: Become a CAWA member today.

RSVP essential by Friday 27 November 2015. Please send to

Look forward to seeing you there.


Dena Rao

CAWA President






Gym Crash! Thursday 12 November – City Summit


The next CAWA gym crash will be held at City Summit – 2/26 Harris Road, Malaga.

Come along and have a boulder or partner up for top rope. There is also lead climbing, but remember you will need a lead pass to do so. Gym crashes are a great way to meet new climbing partners and other CAWA members.

Starts around 6:30 pm on Thursday 12th November.

Special CAWA member entry cost is $10.00. No pizza at this gym crash – food is available at the City Summit cafe.

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide will be available for purchase ($25). It would be appreciated if you could bring the exact amount.

We also have our new CAWA t-shirts available for $25.

Gym crashes are a member benefit. Joining online is easy via the CAWA website homepage.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. Look out for the committee members wearing the blue CAWA t-shirts!

Peter Thomas
CAWA Committee Member