CAWA Mt Frankland Trip: Friday 25 September – Monday 28 September 2015

Dena Rao leading first pitch of Granitarium (17), Mt Frankland. Photo by Jena McDowall.
Dena Rao leading first pitch of Granitarium (17), Mt Frankland. Photo by Jena McDowall.

As we head into August, it’s time to start thinking about the warm sunny days of spring that will soon be upon us, just perfect for planning climbing trips. CAWA has a trip planned for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend to Mount Frankland in the picturesque Karri forest north of Walpole, 400km south of Perth.

For the uninitiated, Mt Frankland is a 422 m high granite dome set in the middle of a beautiful karri forest, conveniently 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 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. 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 as Mt Frankland can get a bit damp, even in spring.

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

Megan Smith

CAWA Committee Member

CAWA trip to Eaglestone Rock: Friday 28 August – Sunday 30 August 2015


Dear CAWA members,

It’s time to grab your winter woollies and pack up your car for a club trip to the Wheatbelt east of Perth. Camping is only a stone’s throw away from where you will be climbing. Your coffee will stay nice and hot on the brief walk to your first climb of the day.

With approximately thirty trad, bolted and mixed routes there is something for everyone. Eaglestone has large granite boulders with good face climbing. Abseil stations are positioned on top of the major boulders. There are a number of fantastic routes including **Wishbone (17), ***Capachow (19), *Old School Leaver (18) and ** Ithica  (22). So be sure to check out your Perth Rock Climbing Guide for route and access information.

Eaglestone now has a long drop toilet, so no need to pack a shovel. However, there are no other facilities or water so you will need to be completely self-sufficient. A guide to what to bring:

  • Cooking & camping gear, including plenty of water
  •  Firewood – there isn’t any to be collected from the ground so we would ask that everyone brings some with them. It’s not an Eaglestone trip without a fire! And it does get very cold at night.
  •  Toilet paper
  • Warm clothing – it’s pretty chilly out there at night and early in the morning
  • You don’t need a 4WD but there is a short section of dirt road, followed by a section of good sand track easily accessible by 2WD.

The Merredin bakery is a must before heading to Eaglestone Rock, with tasty treats to satisfy your climbing hunger.

Registering your interest 

Please register your interest now by emailing me at I will 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.

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 questions, please feel free to contact me on the above email.

We hope you can join us on this trip

Your Eaglestone Rock trip co-ordinator

Mark Edele

CAWA Treasurer



Gym Crash! City Summit, Wednesday 15th July


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 Wednesday 15th July.

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.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. I’ll be wearing a CAWA t-shirt, look out for me and say hi!

Megan Smith
CAWA Committee Member



CAWA Winter Dinner – Saturday 25 July 2015


The winter weather is fast approaching, bringing with it cold mornings and rainy days. However, it also brings better friction at the crag, log fires and CAWA’s Winter Dinner.

It will again be held at The Oxford Hotel in Leederville on Saturday 25 July 2015, in a lovely little spot with a fireplace.

If you’re someone who likes to plan ahead, you can view the current a la carte menu here. The menu includes some vegetarian options and there is flexibility to cater for gluten intolerance. Drinks can be purchased directly from the bar.

So come out of hibernation and join us for a cosy evening, telling tall stories about your climbing (and other) exploits by the fire. While this is a member event, please feel free to bring partners – yours, someone else’s or a random stranger. We don’t mind.

Join us for a drink at 6 pm, with seating for dinner at 6.30 pm.

Address: 368 Oxford Street, Leederville

RSVP is essential as seating is limited. Really, this is not a marketing ploy. If we exceed the limits of the reserved area then we will need time to rearrange seating.

Please let us know as soon as possible but by Monday 20 July 2015 at the latest. 

Email your RSVP or any queries to Megan:

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide and spunky new CAWA t-shirts (a must have for any wardrobe) will be available for $25 each.

Not a member but keen to come along? Joining online is quick and easy here: CAWA membership

We would like to encourage everyone to pull out all the stops, dig out your fancy duds and dress up a bit. There is no pressure but it would be lovely to see some of the ladies frock up (and the boys too if you are into that sort of thing) and guys get out of their jeans and into something spiffy (or at least a nice shirt). Let’s make it a bit special.

We look forward to seeing you there!

CAWA Committee

CAWA Knot Night: Wednesday 20 May 2015


What on earth is a knot night, you ask?  From 6:30 pm onwards a few of our more experienced climbers will demonstrate how to tie and apply the basic knots commonly used for climbing. This is a practical evening for CAWA members to learn useful skills for the real world. If you are new to outdoor climbing or planning to make the move soon, this informal night is perfect for you. Even if you aren’t ‘new’ but not 100% sure if what you are doing is quite right or you’d like to pick up some handy tips, come and join us. Also an excuse to socialise, we would love to see some of you crusty old rock gods come and impress our newer members with your climbing prowess. 

What does any of that have to do with Gesa looking so happy about me cutting her rope? I guess you’ll just have to come along and find out. 

Based in the upstairs meeting room of Rosie O’Grady’s Northbridge (205 James Street), pub grub is conveniently available if you are coming straight from work. 

There is no set structure for this evening. Everything will be worked through at a suitable pace. 

Please note that this training is provided for the benefit of CAWA members and is a FREE event. 

Non-members can join online here: CAWA Membership.

What to bring: rope; large locking carabiners and a few non-locking ones; accessory cord and belay device. Don’t panic if you don’t have some of these items. Just bring what you have. 

Please bring proof of membership with you: your CAWA membership card or Register Now receipt if you have only just joined. 

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide and our awesome new CAWA t-shirts will be available for $25 each.

It would be appreciated if you could bring the exact amount.

Please RSVP to so that we have an idea of numbers.

Hope to see you there!

Dena Rao

CAWA President

CAWA June Long Weekend Trip to Kalbarri

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The long awaited Kalbarri trip is just around the corner: Friday 29 May to Monday 1 June 2015.

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. It’s unlikely this time of year for flies to be a pest, but remember to pack your fly nets and repellents.

Though the areas around the Z Bend tend to attract most climbers, there are some great trad routes and the ability to set up top topes using the abseil access path. 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. For those of you planning to set up top ropes, you will need at least a twenty metre static rope due to anchor points being fairly far apart.

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.


We have some luxurious, unpowered, 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.

Whilst limited camping is allowed in the gorge, Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) would much prefer that climbers refrained from doing this over long weekends, especially the June one. CAWA would ask that in the interests of preserving our positive relationship with DPaW that everybody seriously consider staying in town. The sealed road makes road closure far less likely in the event of rain. There is particular sensitivity because one group of climbers left a lot more than footprints last year.

Registering Your Interest

Please register by emailing me at 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 only open to current members. Not a member but keen to come along? Join online via this link: Become a CAWA member.

Please also read the CAWA trips page for important information.

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

Gary Sharpe

CAWA Committee member

The boring but 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.

CAWA Annual General Meeting: Reminder for Members

Hazel Findlay


Reminder to all current CAWA members

All current members other than the most recently joined will have received their AGM invitation and proxy form by post. This is an invitation only event.

New members will receive these by email once it’s too close for snail mail.

Hazel Findlay is our key note speaker, so this is not something members will want to miss.

We know everyone is busy and that it’s easy to forget about upcoming events, so this is just a reminder that the AGM is coming up very soon, on Tuesday 24 February 2015.

Please, if you are unable to attend in person, fully complete, scan and email back your proxy form to asap. so that we ensure we have quorum. This is really important, so that we can conduct the necessary AGM business. We haven’t yet received many so hopefully this means you are all coming…

Please do not send back incomplete forms as they are not valid unless fully completed and signed by the member.

The AGM schedule is jam packed, so we’d really appreciate everyone registering at 6 pm for a 6.30 pm sharp start.

Venue: State Library Theatre, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge (sorry,  no food or drink allowed in the theatre).

The agenda will include:

  • Confirmation of the Minutes for the last preceding Annual General Meeting
  • President’s annual report
  • Treasurer’s annual report
  • Election of new management committee
  • Appoint a person to audit the accounts of the association
  • Hazel Findlay presentation followed by short Q & A
  • Photo competition judging and prizes

For sale at the registration desk in the theatre foyer and at intermission:

  • The Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($25)
  • Climb Tasmania ($45, limited copies)

Please bring exact money

 Please note that the AGM is strictly a member only event.

Look forward to seeing you all there!


Dena Rao

CAWA President

First gym crash of 2015

The first gym crash of 2015! Come along and meet some new people, eat some pizza and enjoy a climb in air-conditioned comfort.

When: Thursday 15 January, 6:30pm onwards

Where: Rockface 63B John St Northbridge

How Much: $10 entry

Pizza: We will be ordering tasty pizza at around 7:00 pm to satisfy your well-earned hunger. Cost $5 per person.

We will also be selling The Perth Rock Climbing Guide for $25, please bring the correct change.

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

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

CAWA Brings Hazel Findlay to Perth!

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This isn’t just a little bit cool, it’s totally amazing and an extremely rare opportunity for Perth climbers.

CAWA will bring Hazel Findlay to WA in February 2015, to conduct some coaching clinics for members and be the key note speaker at the CAWA AGM on Tuesday 24 February 2015.

For those not already familiar with the ‘Spice Girl’ from Reel Rock 8, Hazel is one of the world’s top female trad climbers. A professional climber currently on The North Face team, she describes herself as an all-rounder, enjoying everything from bouldering to alpine routes. But her real passion is trad climbing and the mental challenges that come with it.

Hazel is the first woman to climb a trad route at the British grade E9 (super hard and super sketchy), consistently demonstrating calm and poise on routes with loose rock, dubious gear and serious run-outs.  She is also the first British woman to free El Capitan (which she has now done three times) and climb an 8c (Chris Sharma’s Fish Eye, Oliana, Spain, Australian 33).

Climbing since she was a wee girl on the limestone sea cliffs of South Wales, Hazel was the British junior champion six times. But she returned to focus on her real love: rock. Hazel is interested in everything that comes with climbing – the physical and mental challenge, but also the adventure, people and exploration of new places.

Hazel will come to Perth and share her skills and knowledge so that we can improve ours. She has a particular interest in the mental aspects of the sport and will talk about overcoming the mental barriers we all face in improving our climbing.

Three separate clinics will run on Saturday 21 February, Sunday 22 February and Monday 23 February 2015. Exact format and locations are yet to be determined. We are keen to do as much as we can outdoors but this will depend on the weather and nature of the practical components.

The three clinics will cover these broad areas:

  • General (including sport) climbing
  •  Trad climbing
  •  Women’s specific coaching

There will be a mixture of theory, discussion and as much practical as we can manage. Coaching will cover the mental, physical and skill aspects that are relevant to each of the clinics.

Numbers for each clinic will be limited. Clinics will be open to climbers of all levels, providing that they already have some basic experience.

We anticipate the cost will be around $90 per member, for each clinic. Depending on the response, we may need to limit participation to one clinic per member.

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

More details about the clinics and how to register will be sent to members soon.

Dena Rao

CAWA President

CAWA Christmas – New Year Trip to Albany

Awaiting our well earned feed at Rustlers Steakhouse on New Year’s Eve

The Christmas-New Year trip to Albany is almost here! The dates this year will be Saturday 27 December 2014 to Thursday 1 January 2015.

An email has just gone out to members this week, so check your inbox.

The climbing possibilities are endless: The Stirling Ranges, Porongurups and all of the areas around Albany. Magnificent West Cape Howe is a popular destination, along with Peak Head. There is also no shortage of hiking in the area, including the spectacular (and strenuous) ridge walk between Bluff Knoll and Ellen Peak in The Stirlings.

Accommodation has been booked in a lovely spot just out of Albany, to enable good access to all of the climbing areas.

We usually head into town for a feed on New Year’s Eve and a booking will made at Rustlers Steakhouse again this year, where we have had good food and speedy service the last couple of times.

We are doing our best to create opportunities for beginner climbers where we can. However, this particular trip is not well suited to beginners unless they are accompanied by an appropriately experienced person who assumes total responsibility for looking after them. This is partly due to everyone being spread out over different areas but also the nature of some of the climbing and skills required to access certain areas.

Important accommodation info:

We often have some flexibility with bookings but due to this being peak season, I have to confirm the numbers very soon, to ensure we have enough sites. If members want to be sure of getting a spot, then they need to let me know by Friday 21 November 2014.

Please note that CAWA trips are only open to current members. Not a member but keen to come along? Join online via this link: Become a CAWA member.

To register for the trip, please email me at: Please include: how many in your group and their names, number of tents and roughly what size they are (i.e. 2, 3, 4 person tent). If you want to stay on until 2 January, let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Each person will need to complete a trip registration form but for now I just need numbers.

Dena Rao

CAWA President

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 members you know and see if they are planning to attend.