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,
Registration is now open! – CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS
Saturday, 24th September to Monday, 25th September 2016 (Queen’s Birthday 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. At this stage the weather is not looking good. However, the final decision will be made on Wednesday, 21st September. 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.
Your CAWA trip coordinators for this trip is Dirk Klicker.
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. 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.
Rockface Climbing Centre is running Commitment 2016 – a lead and top rope competition that opens on 24th August, the qualifier format runs over multiple weeks with finals over the weekend of 16th – 18th September. Competitors will be in the running to win a range of quality prizes from sponsors like Scarpa, Black Diamond, Climbing Anchors, So iLL, Mad Rock, Clif Bar and more.
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 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.
The next CAWA Gym Crash will be held at Rockface, 63B John st Northbridge.
It starts around 6:30pm on Thursday the 28th of April.
Special CAWA member entry cost is $10. I’ve heard we often get pizza but let’s do something different and head out for a beer/cheap meal afterwards at Rosie O’grady’s. It’s walking distance so for those keen we can walk over and meet there afterwards.
We have a few calendars left and they will be available for sale ($15) as well as the Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($25). Please bring exact change to make things easy.
For anyone wanting to find out more about CAWA and get involved you are more than welcome to join us! Discount entry is only available to members but join us for a beer and get involved.
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.
CAWA committee member
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 firstname.lastname@example.org