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

Foundation Day Long Weekend at Kalbarri

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

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

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.

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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

Adjourned CAWA AGM: Monday 14 March 2016

Bugger. We didn’t achieve quorum at the planned AGM on 22 February 2016. What does this mean? We weren’t able to conduct any of the formal business such as elections, so we now must organise an adjourned AGM. It will be held at a different venue.

Several members have asked what ‘proxy’ and ‘quorum’ mean and why they are important. Proxy means you authorise another member who will be at the meeting, to vote on your behalf, when you can’t physically be there. A proxy is only valid when the form is fully completed and submitted in advance, by the specified date and time. Quorum means the minimum number of members that need to be present either physically or by a proxy form, to enable the formal business to be legally conducted. By submitting a proxy, you are included in the quorum, thereby helping to make up the numbers we need to proceed on the night.

Only full members (over the age of 18) are entitled to vote at a general meeting.

We totally understand that members may not be able to make the meeting but please, please, please send in your proxies following the instructions provided by email and snail mail (and on the form itself) if you can’t make it. We need you or your proxy form! We know everyone is busy and it’s easy to put it on the ‘do later’ pile and then forget.

Members should have received their invite and proxy form by snail mail by now.

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($25), Climb Tasmania ($45, limited copies) and CAWA T-shirts ($25) will be available. Please bring exact money.

Back by popular demand, the amazing technicolour 2016 CAWA calendar will also be on sale ($15). What greater piece of artwork could adorn your walls? Even better, a great gift for your partner, friend, someone you fancy and want to impress, climbing buddy, neighbour, workmate, random stranger…anyone really.

Please note that the AGM is a member only event.

Venue: Department of Sport and Recreation, 246 Vincent St, Leederville.
(Parking tip: FREE parking at the Loftus Centre, Cnr Vincent and Loftus St or paid street parking)

Time: Arrive 6 pm to register, for 6.30 pm sharp start.

You are most welcome to bring food and drink.

Look forward to seeing you all there (again)!

Dena Rao
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

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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