Gym Crash at PWR Urban Ascent

CAWA Post 6-8-16

Hi Fellow CAWA Members!

CAWA is holding a gym crash at PWR Urban Ascent on the 21st June at 6:30pm, 24 Jackson Street, Bassendean.

So join CAWA and come on down to PWR Urban Ascent where you can mash yourself on some climbing walls that have been inspired by the deep red and yellow rocks of the Kimberly. Seven lead stations, various top rope stations and a boulder to pump yourself out on. An ice climbing wall is also there (for an extra cost).

CAWA guide books are for sale ($25ea) and our awesome blue t-shirts can be purchased ($25ea). Please bring exact money if you wish to purchase them.

There will be food (pizza or sandwiches) for all those who so desire, however there will be an extra cost of $5.

CAWA members can get in for $9. If you are not a CAWA member and wish to join please become a member and enjoy the benefits.

We hope to see you there!!!


CAWA Survey – For All Members And Non-Members

Nat on Cableway Crag  (17), Table Mountain, SA

To All Climbers in Western Australia,

CAWA is conducting a study to gather opinions and information from West Australian climbers.

Your responses will be collated against other responses and reviewed by the CAWA committee.

Once all responses are reviewed the CAWA committee can identify what West Australian climbers, as a whole, want. In turn the CAWA committee can plan future events and create a focus that serves the greater climbing community of Western Australia.

This survey consists of approximately 30 questions and will 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Please note, the srvey will close on the 25th of June 2016. Please clink on the link below to start the survey.

Start the survey now

By entering this survey you can enter the draw for your chance to win a brand new climbing rope!

We look forward to hearing your opinions!


CAWA Committee


Local Climbing News – Bouldering Competition at Boulder Hub on 11 June 2016

In local climbing news:-

On Saturday, 11th June 2016, the The Boulder Hub in Wangara is holding the MOMENTUM Bouldering Competition.
It is a 2 hour climbing pump fest for climber’s of all abilities (novice, intermediate and open).
MOMENTUM is also the qualifier for the next World Cup format competition KINETIC which will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2016.
 Registration for MOMENTUM closes on Sunday, 5 June 2016.
So do not miss out on the chance to climb, compete and smash a PB. Bring your best climbing buddies along! Spectators are welcome if you don’t want to compete.
CAWA encourages all members to participate and support our local climbing talent, competitions and gyms.

You can notify CAWA of your local climbing news or event by e-mailing CAWA directly at the following e-mail address (

Joining CAWA online is easy, through the link on the CAWA home page.

President’s Report – CAWA Committee Meeting, 27 April 2016

Dear fellow climbers,

I promised in my last blog to keep you updated on the work of the committee, hence this short note.

The committee held its second meeting on 27 April. The full committee was present and Kate Swain, the editor of Western Climber, also joined us. We discussed possible topics for the Western Climber and the way the committee will be involved in the editorial process. We finalized a letter to DPaW which the Access Subcommittee had prepared, with feedback on the new camping arrangements in Kalbarri (more information available in the recent “Kalbarri Update” post). We began working on a survey for members, which Nat is preparing, so we can find out what your concerns and wishes are; and we began working our way through our constitution, which requires significant reform due to upcoming legal changes (you will hear more about this over the year and see the proposal for change on the agenda for the next AGM). Other items on the agenda included the question if we should purchase a plastic card printer, to replace our current paper membership cards from 2017, necessary updates for our website (Dirk handles this aspect now), the necessity to replace the first aid kit, and insurance matters.

Nat enjoying hanging out in Tasmania
Nat enjoying hanging out in Tasmania

Most importantly, we drank beer and discussed the work of the “Subcommittee on Sending.” You might remember that we decided in our first meeting that as a committee of climbers, we had to climb as well as sit in meetings. Anybody who would not send anything outdoors between two meetings, would be formally excluded from the “subcommittee,” be subject to generalized pity, and be encouraged to send two routes before the next meeting to be “readmitted.” So far, the only victim of this policy was Vice-President Dan, who had not managed to get on real rock at all. Pitiful, indeed. Thanks to a short trip the Blue Mountains, the President was safe this time around, with, among others, a 21 flash and a clean 22 after a couple of attempts. Dirk and Nat had a very successful Tasmania trip with lots of trad climbing (and seemed to like to climb dodgy local climbs in the rain as well). Treasurer Kate had climbed Baylac Direct at Peak Head, Woody had pulled off hard boulders between V4 and V9, Remi climbed two trad routes (13 and 14) in Kalbarri. Brian limped over the line with one V2, normally a warm-up for him, and Peter also knocked off 4 fine climbs at Cosy Corner having been encouraged by the recent South West Rock guidebook.

Dirk basking in the glow after another send in Tasmania
Dirk basking in the glow after another send in Tasmania

Our next event is the Mt Randall Bouldering day on 21 or 22 May (depending on weather). I will have to go to get the necessary send to stay in the subcommittee and I hope to see many of you there. Meanwhile, if you do more than bouldering, don’t forget to check your knot.

Mark Edele

CAWA President

Kalbarri Update

The Black Flanked Rock Wallaby with its new joey (Photo taken in April 2016)
The Black Flanked Rock Wallaby with its new joey (Photo taken in April 2016)

In this blog post the committee provides a summary of the current status regarding climbing and camping in the Kalbarri National Park (KNP). Within KNP, the area of the Murchison Gorge known as the “Z bend” provides some of the best rock climbing in Western Australia including classic routes such as Keith Goes Blank (15***), Kalbarri Gold (26***) and Swan Song (30***).


  • In mid-2015, CAWA member Remi Vignals (now elected to the CAWA Committee), who regularly visits the gorge, photographed a couple of Black Flanked Rock Wallabies at the Promenade area of the Z Bend.  Remi quite rightfully reported his sightings and observations to the local ranger.
  • On 8 November 2015, CAWA published a blog post regarding the wallabies at the Promenade.  The post caused some controversy among members.
  • In December 2015, the Department of Park and Wildlife (DPaW) wrote a letter to CAWA, also posted on the CAWA website, confirming that due to the presence of the wallabies, camping would no longer be permitted in the gorge.
  • A further letter dated 18 February 2016 was sent by DPaW to CAWA confirming their proposals for camping for members of CAWA.

On 22 February 2016, the CAWA Annual General Meeting was adjourned due to failure to obtain a quorum.  On 14 March 2015, the new CAWA Committee was elected at the adjourned CAWA Annual General Meeting. It held its first meeting on 23 March 2016 and established a subcommittee in relation to access issues.  The Access Subcommittee’s mandate is to identify and evaluate the access issues faced by WA climbers and bring them to the attention of the Committee.

Since the formation of the Access Subcommittee, the members of the Subcommittee (Dan, Dirk, Nathan, Peter and Remi) have brought up the current arrangements in place in Kalbarri and debated what further actions would be appropriate. The result was a draft letter to DPaW, including feedback on the Draft Code of Conduct and consideration for camping, and proposals to help streamline registration.  The letter was endorsed by the Committee and sent to DPaW on 30 April. We will keep you updated on any further developments.

In the meantime, please note:

  1. Camping is not permitted in the gorge within 1.5Km of the Z Bend Lookout – this includes the area around the Promenade climbing site.
  2. No toilet waste is allowed within 500m of the Promenade / Rock wallaby site.
  3. An alternate car-camping area may be provided in the vicinity of the Z Bend carpark – booking and registration essential. Climbers must phone the ranger to obtain the registration form and get directions to the alternate camping area (it is not sign posted).
  4. Major upgrades to lookouts, roads and visitor infrastructure will cause some disruption this season. Road works are scheduled to start by August 2016 with completion early 2017.

Business Hours:
Kalbarri National Park Office:     08 9937 1140    –    08 993 7114 (fax)

After Hours:
Senior Ranger:                        08 9937 1192    –    0417 181 314 (mob)
Ranger:                                  08 9937 1424    –    0427 199 518 (mob)

Please contact if you have any further questions.

Alternate camping area
Alternate camping area

Mt Randall Bouldering Trip May 21st or 22nd (depending on weather)

Me - Some other thing
Photo credit – The Legendary Peter Zhang

Beautiful forest, easy(ish) access and great blocks with a variety of styles and grades.  This is bouldering at Mt Randall and CAWA are organising a trip out there.


Mt Randall bouldering is about 45min – 1hrs drive from Perth CBD followed by about a 10 min walk in (map + topo will be provided). Boulder mats, eskies, water and safety equipment will be driven to the boulders using 4WDs but there is very limited parking at the boulders so most climbers will have to do the walk in.


Climbers are responsible for their own transport on the day.  Having said that, if you have no transport and still want to participate, let me know and I will organise some car pooling for you.

What you will need

Water and food for the day, climbing shoes and chalk.

How to register

Please email me ( to register before mid-day Wednesday 18/05/16 please. Once registrations are received, we will provide further information.

Other important information

Notice – We want lots of people to come along but due to our insurance cover all participants must be current CAWA members. Non-members that are keen to come along can join CAWA online here.

Disclaimer – 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 climbers you know and see if they are planning to attend. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or other responsible person to accompany them.

Brian - Aint No Doozy
Photo credit – The Legendary Peter Zhang

Look forward to seeing you there.

Gareth Wood

CAWA Committee Member


President’s Report – CAWA Committee Meeting, 23 March 2016

Hi everyone and welcome to the new 2016 CAWA committee.

For those who don’t know me, my name is Mark Edele and I’ve just been elected as the President for CAWA in 2016. My climbing background is fairly varied. Growing up in Bavaria, my father trained me as an alpinist, with heavy boots and tying directly into the rope. We were climbing according to the “three-points-fixed” and “the-leader-does-not-fall” rules. In my teens I got interested in bouldering and sports climbing, until a 7c in Ceuse dislocated my shoulder. This injury in my early 20s ended my first climbing career. After shoulder reconstruction and two decades of marathon running, triathlon, and bike racing I returned to the rocks in 2011. I joined CAWA in the same year and served as treasurer in 2015. These days I climb up to the low 20s (on a good day) and prefer trad climbing to sport routes, but do both. I boulder if I have no other option, but I’m scared of breaking an ankle! I am married and have a daughter, Anna, a seven year old crusher and CAWA member. You can usually find us Monday afternoons at Rockface or the Boulder Hub and me Wednesdays at Rockface and on the weekends at local crags.If you see me around the gyms or crags please come and say hello, I’d love to chat to you about all things climbing or any questions or concerns you may have.

Willyabrup 04 - 04-03-13
We had our first meeting as the new CAWA committee on 23 March 2016 at Rosie O’Grady’s. We are fortunate to have a diverse range of experienced climbers on the committee, and for the first time in years it’s full! You can check out the new committee here. This also provides you with contact details if you need to get in touch with anyone.

One of the tasks we have set for ourselves this year is to improve communication between the committee and ordinary members. As part of this effort, I will write a blog entry after each committee meeting summarizing what we discussed. This does not replace your right, as a member of CAWA to read the minutes of the meetings, rather, I hope it will help keep you informed so you will know when to exercise this right.

The first meeting was largely an organizational one, but you’ll be happy to know we decided to plan the full year of CAWA trips for you in advance. More information at and don’t worry, we will also send out reminders closer to the date in case you forget! There is the now a rack full of trips to Kalbarri, Eaglestone, Margaret River, and Albany; we will also continue to run gym crashes every other month. Given we have a number of experienced boulderers on the committee we are excited to include a day bouldering trip this year. If you haven’t bouldered before, come along and try out a new style of climbing, you might get hooked! We are still discussing what other events (including training) we will be able to offer in addition to those on the current list for the year. I will keep you posted and in the meantime please feel free to get in touch with any requests.

In order to handle access issues, we formed an Access Subcommittee, chaired by Vice President Dan Binks. Dirk Klicker, Gareth Wood, Remi Vignals, Nathan Cole, and Peter Thomas. The Access Subcommittee will handle access issues as directed by the CAWA committee. If you become aware of any access issues, want to work toward re-opening climbing at Wallcliffe, are looking to develop an area or need more information, please get in touch with Dan.

In order to encourage committee members to not forget that they are a governing committee of a climbers’ association, we also formed the “Subcommittee on Sending.” The following rules apply:

  1. All Committee members are automatically members of the Subcommittee on Sending.
  2. Sends are to be reported at each Committee meeting and acclaimed by the rest of the Committee
  3. Only outdoor sends count. No plastic.
  4. Any member who fails to send anything for more than one month, will be excluded from the subcommittee. S/he will be the subject of generalized pity.
  5. An excluded subcommittee member will be readmitted upon sending at least two climbs between two committee meetings.
  6. Any sends count – no matter the grade or height (boulder problems count).

We’ll see how many of us will survive as members of the subcommittee. I am glad to report that the President has his send for the month in the bag (Slash and Burn, 19, Churchmans) and will hence remain on the subcommittee for the time being.

Finally, we discussed issues for the year ahead. They include:

  • ongoing management of access issues
  • focus on communication and a more presence in social media
  • legal changes for associations requiring some action on our part
  • the revision of our somewhat archaic constitution
  • further improvements to the western climber

We are also looking at things we could do better, some of these include:

  • improving the website and blog
  • plastic membership cards
  • once-off insurance options for non-members to join trips
  • member feedback

The next committee meeting is scheduled for 27 April. If there are any issues you would like to bring to the attention of the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact me (

Meanwhile, have fun climbing and check your knot.

Mark Edele

CAWA President

CAWA AGM Photo Comp Winners – Best Bum Shot, Best Action Shot and Best Climbing Outfit

Thank you to all those who entered photos into this years photo competition, and a great big thank you to the following gyms who donated the prizes: City Summit, The Hangout and The Rockface.


To celebrate the other aspects to climbing photography that are less well celebrated, we have also included three other categories. Congratulations to the following three winners:

Best Bum Shot


Rick Allen seconding the first pitch of Resignation (15), Mt Arapiles, VIC.

Photographer: KATE SWAIN


Best Action Shot

trent on lost aero spire highline_Olly Morell

Trent Potts on the Lost Arrow Spire highline.

Photographer: OLLY MORELL


Best Climbing Outfit

OUTFIT Rosie Keeping warn in the winter of Suirana - SPAIN_Remi Vignals

Rosie keeping warm in the Spanish winter of Suirana, SPAIN.

Photographer: REMI VIGNALS

CAWA AGM Photo Comp Winners – Climbing Everywhere Else

Thank you to all those who entered photos into this years photo competition, and a great big thank you to the following gyms who donated the prizes: City Summit, The Hangout and The Rockface.


We had two main categories celebrating climbing in WA and those destinations located Everywhere Else.

Congratulations to the following winners for the Climbing Everywhere Else:

Trent potts on the great roof_Olly Morell

Trent Pots heading up to The Great Roof, on the Nose, El Capitan, Yosemite, USA.

Photographer: OLLY MORELL


Kate leading Death Row_(18) at Arapiles VIC_Chris Swain

Kate Swain leading Death Row (18) at Mt Arapiles, VIC.

Photographer: CHRIS SWAIN


Akira on L'utra mia 28 - Les Calanques, Marseille FRANCE_Remi Vignals

Akira on L’utra mia 28, Les Calanques, Marseille, FRANCE.

Photographer: REMI VIGNALS

CAWA AGM Photo Comp Winners – Climbing in WA

Thank you to all those who entered photos into this years photo competition, and a great big thankyou to the following gyms who donated the prizes: City Summit, The Hangout, The Rockface.


We had two main categories celebrating climbing in WA and those destinations located Everywhere Else.

Congratulations to the following winners for the Climbing in WA:

Gareth Wood, KGB 26_Sam Jones

Gareth Wood on KGB (26) at Wilyabrup

Photographer: SAM JONES


Sebastian Fuller on Keith Goes Blank 15 - Kalbarri_Remi Vignals

Sebastian Fuller on Keith Goes Blank (15) on the Tourist Wall at Kalbarri National Park.

Photographer: REMI VIGNALS


Trent Potts He Won't Make Twenty new route Stirlings WA_Jonas Hollingworth

Trent Potts on a new route He Won’t Make Twenty, Stirling Range National Park.