Reminder that when you renew your membership you can also make a donation to the new CAWA Bolting Fund or for a limited time you can buy a Perth guidebook and t-shirt combo for $30.00.
By way of other news, the new committee (voted in at the AGM on 21 June 2017) had it’s first meeting on 28 June 2017 and the CAWA events calendar for the next financial year will be posted on-line shortly including a number of climbing trips, gym crashes, film nights, outdoor training and trip to Mount Arapiles.
Reminder there is the CAWA Film Night 2.0 is on 6 July 2017 at Rosie O’Gray’s at 205 James Street, Northbridge. Get there early as seating is limited!
For life members and for those of you who plan ahead and already hold memberships for the 2017/2018 year you can ignore this post.
It usually takes a week or two to process memberships and get cards posted, so if you need your membership before your card arrives, simply print off the tax receipt you receive from RegisterNow.
All current members other than the most recently joined will have received their AGM invitation and proxy form by post.
New members will receive these by e-mail once it is too close for snail mail.
We are very pleased to have Malcolm Matheson as our keynote speaker. Malcolm aka “HB” is one of the legends of Australian climbing, not only with an impressive tick list and first ascents but also the style in which a lot of these were completed in. Malcolm’s FA of Serpentine (31), the hardest route by an Australian at the time (1988), was done in his typical ground up style. It is rarely repeated without pre-inspection and pre-placed gear at the crux. His FA in 1993 of Welcome To Barbados (29), a 50m trad roof in the Grampians which has the climber upside down for most of the route, was done ground up on his second attempt. Malcolm is also noted to have made his own gear, such as the micro cams in the 1980’s when manufacturers said smaller sizes were not possible. Malcolm is the epitome of strength, style and ethics in Australian climbing and his presentation is not to be missed.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are not able to attend, please e-mail the completed proxy form (2017AGMProxyForm.doc) to us at firstname.lastname@example.orgASAP. Without quorum, we cannot conduct AGM business. Proxies must be received no later than 5:00 pm Tuesday, 20 June 2017. Each member can only hold 5 proxies, please ensure that the person you nominate is definitely coming to the meeting.
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 need everyone registering at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 pm sharp start.
Venue: State Library Theatre, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge
The agenda will include:
Confirmation of the Minutes for the last preceding Annual General Meeting
Annual reports: president and treasurer
Election of new management committee
Appoint a person to audit the accounts of the association
Malcolm Matheson’s Presentation
Discussion on Constitution Reform (see attached draft rules and explanatory note)
The Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($25), Climb Tasmania ($45, limited copies) and CAWA T-shirts ($25) will be available. Please bring exact change.
Please note that the AGM is strictly a member only event.
Memberships Notice: Existing members and new members can now obtain memberships for the 2017/2018 year. If you are not a current member you can still obtain a CAWA membership that will include the remainder of the current financial year and the next financial year.
Friday, 14th April to Monday, 17th April 20017 (Easter Weekend)
Please be aware that the weather and numbers are the deciding factors of this trip and if it is still raining (down south) shortly before the trip then the rock will be unclimbable and the trip will be cancelled. The final decision will be made on Tuesday, 11th April. Until then think positive and make your daily sacrifices to the rain gods.
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. See the online mini-guides for more information about the routes. 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.
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.
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. Non-members who are interested in coming with you can join online now (easiest) or on the first day of the trip.
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. However, Peak Charles is not a beginner’s crag. If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for some further information or e-mail me.
Notwithstanding the dire predictions of rain, members who attended the trip were rewarded with three fun days of climbing.
The Monday in particular saw Mt Frankland in prime condition, perhaps a tad on the warm side, but dry as a bone.
Last year saw the trip being cancelled twice due to the poor weather conditions. So this is the first time CAWA had been down to Mt Frankland as a trip since 2015, which was great as I have been hanging out to head to Mt Frankland to have a crack at Hannibal.
Mt Frankland team members included as follows:
There were a few last-minute cancellations with some questionable excuses. I have made up only one of the excuses listed below:
I’m having problems with my car.
There’s an election on next weekend.
Something came up at work that I have to resolve.
The dog ate my homework.
For the record: There’s usually plenty of people offering a lift on CAWA trips. There’s an election every year. There’s plenty of time to do work and redo your homework driving there and back.
The first day, Saturday, saw us climbing in the clouds. The headwall looked ominous in the mist. But, the main thing was the rock was dry enough and we were all climbing and having fun. Hurray! The rain held out for most of the day before it started to drizzle. Everyone got some classic Mt Frankland slab climbing under their belts. Then headed back to camp for dinner, where I was super jealous of Pip’s $13 steaks, whereas I had the standard-last-minute-pack-can of beans.
It didn’t rain all night and the second day looked to be epic. We got off to a lazy and slow start to give the rock time enough to try from the drizzle the afternoon before. But, when we got there, to our dismay, it was totally wet. Completely unclimbable. Mt Frankland must have been the only place to have been rained on, in the whole of the South West. So it was off to Plan B, Monkey Rock. When we got there, Monkey Rock was absolutely baking in the sun and the march flies were running rampant. The weather contrast between the crags was amazing. The team pretty much climbed all the new sport routes on offer. Monkey Rock really does make a fun second option if Mt Frankland is wet.
The weather improved steadily and for the third day, Monday, the weather was perfect, maybe a tad warm. We got off to an early start and everyone got a bunch of climbing done. The perfect way to end the trip indeed.
Honourable mentions on the trip included:
The wife (Melissa Klicker) for looking after the twins while I was climbing:)
All for braving the poor weather predictions.
All for braving the march flies.
Lucy for helping me read the mini-guides, doing quite a few leads and her first 18.
Lilly, Anya and Maya for coming all the way down to climb on Saturday. My hat goes off to you.
Linda’s effortless second of Hannibal. It’s all in the foot work.
Anna’s huge grin on topping out on Monkey Puzzle, Monkey Rock.
Pip’s euphoric cries on finding a certain undercling hold.
Anna and Bryant for trying to forge a new path to the back of Monkey Rock.
Bryant for preparing for his thesis interview on the drive down and back.
Anyway it was fun trip all round and hope to see you all again on the next trip to Mt Frankland.
Saturday, 4th March to Monday, 6th March 2017 (Labour Day Long Weekend)
Please be aware that the weather is the deciding factor on this trip and if it is still raining (down south) shortly before the trip then the rock will be unclimbable and the trip will be cancelled. The final decision will be made on Wednesday, 1st March. Until then think positive and make your daily sacrifice to the rain gods.
Mt Frankland is located in the Mt Frankland National Park and is about 30km north of Walpole. It’s quite a drive from Perth, probably 5 hours give or take, but in my opinion it’s well worth it.
The climbing is mainly bolted slab, with many routes up to 3 pitches long. So it is good if you are looking to gain some multi-pitch experience. The routes tend to be run-out, so people need to be fairly confident leading at the stated grade. Generally on CAWA trips there will be enough people around to lead the routes so that everyone can have a go. Most of the routes are bolted, but some require a mix of bolted and natural protection. Bolt plates will be required.
There is a variety of grades starting from about 15 and up. So there is something for everyone.
The camping area is called Fernhook Falls and it is a well set up campground (this means tents) with drop toilets, a nice undercover kitchen area and a lovely river nearby for smelly climbers to brave at the end of the day (there are no shower facilities). It does get cold overnight, so pack warm. On past trips the march flies have been out in force, so some good, strong insect repellent is also recommended in case we are unlucky again this year.
There is no pre-booking, so it’s a first come first served situation. We do not expect it to be full.
If you need directions please send Dirk an e-mail.
You do need to bring your own food and drinking water for this trip but you can leave the shovel behind (there is a tap in the kitchen that feeds from a rainwater tank for cooking/washing dishes). Walpole is not that far away (about 35km) if you do need supplies and there is other more salubrious accommodation around. There are minimal camping fees ($7 per night per person/$5 concession). The rangers come around and check.
Remember to bring your own firewood.
If you interested e-mail Dirk and he will send you a registration form to confirm that you will be attending.
Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming with you can join online now (easiest) or on the first day of the trip.
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. However, Mt Frankland is a good beginner’s crag. If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for some further information.
CAWA would like to invite you to the annual Christmas BBQ! So grab your climbing shoes and enjoy the evening with us at Point Walter.
Date: Sunday 11th December 2016.
Activities: Climbing, eating, meeting with other climbers.
Time: 4.30pm onwards for bouldering at Blackwall Reach. BBQ provided from 6.30pm.
What CAWA will supply: Nibbles, meat, salad, buns, sauce, plates and plastic cutlery.
What to bring: Drinks, anything else you want to eat, chairs, blankets, mozzie repellent, climbing shoes and chalk bag. If you have gear for ball games like cricket, soccer or volleyball please bring it along to provide alternate fun for those not bouldering.
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.
Cost: Free for members (please bring your membership card).
$10 non-members (or you can join up on the CAWA website before the day).
RSVP: Please RSVP by the 10th December. All RSVPs to email@example.com. Please let us know if you have specific dietary requirements, we will do our best to meet those requirements.
Guide books and CAWA t-shirts will also be available for sale on the day, please bring correct change – $25.00.
The Christmas/New Year trip to Albany is almost here!
The dates this year will be Monday, 26 December 2016 to Sunday, 1 January 2017.
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 will be 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 2 December 2016.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
CAWA Memberships Officer
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.
The next CAWA Gym Crash will be held at The Hangout 12 White St Bayswater WA 6053.
Starts around 6:00 on 25/10/16.
Special CAWA member entry cost is $7. Small additional cost for pizza.
The Perth Rock Climbing Guide will be available for purchase ($25). It would be appreciated if you could bring the exact amount.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Also worth noting is that The Hangout has a training board known as The HIT Systems Board. So far it is the best training for the steep stuff, outside of moving to Spain, that I have found.
On the night of this Gym Crash, i’ll be arriving about 4pm to have a session on the Systems Board. If any of you are interested in learning how to use it feel free to come on down early and check it out.
Date: Tue 25/10/16 Time: From 6:00 Location: The Hangout, 12 White St Bayswater WA 6053 BYO: Climbing shoes, chalk, harness and rope if you want to lead climb
It has been a busy couple of months for the committee since my last update. Many of us were travelling for work or climbing (or both), but CAWA business proceeded nevertheless. We had a successful CAWA trip to Eaglestone in July and published a new issue of the Western Climber, now available to the public on our website at http://www.climberswa.asn.au/publications/
The Access Subcommittee is continuing conversation with DPAW regarding Kalbarri. As you know, camping at the Promenade is prohibited for the time being, in order to give the Rock Wallabies a break from smelly climbers at night. DPAW has provided a “hikers and climbers only” campground near the Z-Bend carpark. I visited Kalbarri in August and stayed there. It’s a nice spot and the walk into the Gorge is quick and can serve as a warmup. To book, call the Kalbarri National Park Office on 9937-1140.
As I have noted in the Winter issue of the Western Climber, the Committee has decided to take up the widespread wish of our members to help with re-bolting of routes. Remi took the lead in this question and is working out the details at the moment. Thus far we have decided that we would not be involved in “retro-bolting” (that is, adding new bolts to existing routes) but only in “re-bolting”, that is replacing old or dodgy bolts with new ones, or adding anchors where appropriate. We are still in the process of working out the details but have decided to allocate $2000 this year to re-bolting. I will keep you informed about what, when, and how once these details are worked out.
Peter, Dirk and I have also formed a working party to revise our somewhat crusty constitution and to bring it in line with the new legislation on associations. We made some progress on this task in August, but given that Dirk is away climbing Mt. Elbrus and Peter walking the Haute Route, our progress has stalled somewhat since then. However, we will have everything in place for the next AGM.
Finally, we are still digesting the results of the survey of our members. It raised a lot of issues, and we are in the process of deciding what to prioritize over the next half year. We are a small committee of volunteers and we cannot possibly do all we would like to.
As far as the “Subcommittee on Sending” is concerned, everybody but Pete seems to have gotten out there and climbed some routes – or mountains, as in Dirk’s case. Nat, meanwhile, has worked on increasing the CAWA membership – he became a proud father! So the “CAWA parents’ group” is growing…
That’s all for now. Please feel free to contact any of the Committee members or myself, if you have any concerns, questions, or suggestions (http://www.climberswa.asn.au/cawa/committee/ )
Stay safe out there, wear a helmet, and check your knot,