CAWA Survey – Ended

Posted on July 11, 2016 by to News | No Comments


Ash Thomas - winner of the draw!

Ash Thomas – winner of the draw!

Hello WA Climbers,

CAWA would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent CAWA survey.

An overwhelming number of responses was received from both CAWA members and the wider climbing community.

Congratulations to Ash Thomas who won the draw and scored a brand new 9.8mm Beal climbing rope!

Once all responses have been collated, 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.

If you are not a member and would like to become one to help CAWA plan future events please follow the link: Become a Member

Once again thank you for your participation in the survey.

Kind Regards,
CAWA Committee




Posted on July 09, 2016 by to News | No Comments


CAWA Renewal Notice 2017

CAWA Renewal Notice 2017

Hi Everyone!

Some of you already hold memberships for the 2016/2017 year, and some of you have already renewed your membership, if so please ignore this email (Life Members ditto).

For everyone else remaining, unfortunately your CAWA membership has expired!

It is now possible to renew your membership online at the CAWA website at the following link:

My sincere apologies for the late renewal notice. The new committee is still getting familiar with the membership process and we thank you for your patience.

Membership prices are same as last year for a single and family membership, current prices are as


Period of Joining Single






Youth (U18)
July/Aug/Sept – 12 mths $65/ $60 $90/$80 $45/$40
Oct/Nov/Dec – 9 mths $50/ $45 $63/$54 $41/36
Jan/Feb/Mar – 6 mths $35 / $32 $46/$39 $30/26
Apr/May/June – 15 mths $80/ $72 $109/$95 $57/$50

It usually takes a week or so 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.

Any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to drop me an email me at

Safe Climbing!



Dirk Klicker

Memberships Officer



Climbers’ Association of Western Australia
PO Box 7125, Cloisters Square, WA, 6850
email :
web :

Eaglestone Rock Climbing Trip: 29th – 31st July

Posted on July 07, 2016 by to News | No Comments

Dear Members,

It’s time to grab your winter woollies and pack up your car for a fun-filled climbing weekend to Eaglestone, 3.5 hours east of Perth in the Wheatbelt.

After numerous requests from fellow members this year we will be running a dress-up theme to showcase your best climbing attire. I would like your help choosing a theme, so please vote using the CAWA registration form below.

Voting will close 10 days prior to the trip date (20th July), with the theme chosen by the most votes. Vote carefully as there will be prizes for best climbing costume, best costume of the day and hardest/most routes in your costume!

With approximately 30 bolted, trad 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**), Pink Rings (18*) and Ithica (22**). So be sure to check out your Perth Rock Climbing Guide for route and access information.

Fidget Gene 23**

Richard M. on the classic wide crack of Fidget Gene 23**

Camping at Eaglestone is super easy with the campground only a stone’s throw away from the crag. There is the luxury of a drop toilet, so no need to pack a shovel. However, there are no other facilitates or water so you will need to be completely self-sufficient. A guide of what to bring:

  • Cooking & camping gear, including plenty of water
  • Firewood – there isn’t any to be collected from the ground, so we ask each car to bring firewood (it will be very cold at night, a camp fire will make the weekend infinitely warmer!)
  • Toilet paper
  • Warm clothing for night

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.

Most people will be travelling there Friday evening or Saturday morning. The Merredin bakery is a must before heading out to Eaglestone Rock, with tasty treats to satisfy your climbing hunger.

Eaglestone is always a fun weekend and a great chance to meet other climbers, so we hope you can join us on the trip.

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

Registration is compulsory, so please register using the link provided below if you intend to come along:


If you have any queries or would like to find out any further information, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at



Kate Bailue

CAWA Treasurer



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.

Gym Crash at PWR Urban Ascent

Posted on June 08, 2016 by to Events, News, Social | No Comments

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

Posted on June 04, 2016 by to News, Social | No Comments


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

Posted on May 31, 2016 by to Competitions, Events, News, Social | No Comments

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

Posted on May 11, 2016 by to News | No Comments

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

Posted on May 10, 2016 by to News | 2 Comments

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

Foundation Day Long Weekend at Kalbarri

Posted on May 08, 2016 by to Events | 1 Comment

Dear members,

The long awaited Kalbarri trip is just around the corner: Friday 3rd to Monday 6th June 2016.

Sheer sandstone walls carved out by the Murchison River provide trad, sport climbing, bouldering and deep water soloing opportunities. Roughly 6.5 hour drive north of Perth, Kalbarri gorge is well worth the trip. Kalbarri National Park 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, Kalbarri gorge is truly spectacular and just a great spot to spend a weekend. Winter is prime climbing time in the gorge with excellent friction, pleasant temperatures and no flies.


Dave and Seb on Heavy Petting 23*** at The Promenade. Photo credit: Remi Vignals

Though the areas around the Z Bend tend to attract most climbers, there is some moderate trad climbing out at Hawke’s Head. Four Ways is also another great alternative if you want to avoid the crowd, whilst the remote Wonderwall offers some deep water soloing fun and is a pleasant day hike.

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.

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. More routes have been posted on the forum since the above publications, here are some of them:

From Perth, head north to Geraldton, Northampton and Kalbarri. The road out to the Z Bend is now sealed for the first twelve kilometres. The remaining section can be in variable conditions but accessible by 2WD.

Check the weather forecast to choose your clothing appropriately: if the forecast announces less than 15 degrees and windy, bring that down jacket as it can be very cold in the gorge. Sunscreen can be life saver as well if you’re planning to climb multi-pitches.

We have unpowered camping sites provisionally booked nearby Kalbarri Township. A deposit is required to secure the camping so please let me know numbers as soon as possible if you plan to attend, thus I can ensure that we have enough space to accommodate everybody.

Registering Your Interest
Please register by emailing ASAP and by noon Friday 20th May. I will then send confirmation with further details.

Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Joining online is easy, through the link on the CAWA home page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email:

Remi Vignals

CAWA Committee 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.


Gym Crash at Rockface on Thursday the 28th of April

Posted on April 23, 2016 by to Events, Social | 1 Comment

Dear CAWA Members

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.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Dan Binks

CAWA committee member