CAWA Committee Member Bios

 

Gareth Wood (President)

I was born then played cricket for 20+ years until some friends took me to Rockface.  When I saw that girls climb too, I weighed this up with the fact that girls did not play cricket back then and decided to quit cricket for climbing. Lucky for me climbing is also way more rad than cricket. I’ve travelled many, many places for climbing including France, Germany, Kalymnos and South America with a trip to Venezuela planned for later this year. Of all the places I’ve been Kalbarri is my favourite.  You will find me there at least every 2nd weekend June-September. At the moment I primarily boulder with a bit of sport and easy trad but the perfect climbing, to me, is steep bouldery moves, traditionally protected, in a beautiful setting.
Gareth Wood

Gareth Wood

 

Dirk Klicker (Vice President)

I took up climbing more than 20 years ago. In the last 5 years my focus was  more on mountaineering and ice climbing. I have climbed in NZ, UK, Japan and Nepal and culminating with a failed attempt on Everest North Col in 2015.    Thereafter I have turned my focus back to rock climbing preferring to climb outdoors and trad. I still have my sights set on 7 Summits and will head off to Elbrus in August. Anyone who wants to come e-mail me. I joined the CAWA Committee in 2016. I run a small law firm in Perth and have recently had twins, who will both be climbers, but do not tell my wife.
Dirk Klicker

Dirk Klicker

 

Brian Tan (Secretary)

I was bitten by the climbing bug about 16 years ago and have since tried a little bit of everything from alpine, ice, sport, trad, big walls, bouldering, deep water soloing to route setting. Since becoming a father recently, I’ve found myself to be more of a connoisseur of indoor climbing due to convenience and time constraints. With a never ending list of things to improve and learn, coupled with plans/dreams for more trips, the motivation to climb is always pretty high. Climbing has taken me to some great places and brought some wonderful people into my life, so I’m hoping that by being part of CAWA I can give back a little something to help the cause.
Brian Tan

Brian Tan

 

Kate Bailue (Treasurer)

I first began rock climbing 4 years ago after moving to Perth looking for a new outdoor activity to take up my spare time. I am originally from Melbourne where from the tender age of 18 months was in the snowfields skiing, spending many winters growing up in the mountains. I instantly took to rock climbing combining my favorite passions of the mountains, rocks and gymnastics. In the same year I joined CAWA, looking to meet other climbers. Since then, I have spent countless hours outdoors at all the popular WA climbing crags as well as the climbing gyms around Perth. Most of my recent holidays have been centered around climbing, where I have climbed in some stunning areas of New Zealand, South America, Alaska and Thailand. Recently I have found an interest in alpine climbing, summitting peaks in Bolivia and New Zealand and finding a love of ice climbing. Closer to home I have been working on my trad skills down south, and don’t mind a bit of slab for variety.
Kate Bailue

Kate Bailue

 

Jorge Peres (Ordinary Member)

Climbing became part of my life 10 years ago when, following the invitation from a girl, I decided to try the strange sport of climbing over steep rocks connected to a piece of rope. Ended up totally hooked up by both the girl, now my wife, and rock climbing. Since then, have been outdoors at lots of climbing spots in my home country Brazil and, after moving to Ozzie land, have climbed in Arapiles, Grampians, Blue Mountains and Tasmania (the dreamland for a climber). Living in Perth I visited most of the famous climbing spots in WA, from Esperance to Kalbarri. Trad climbing is my passion and preference, slabs always get my attention and some sport projects are currently polishing my fingertips during early mornings in the hills. Joined CAWA in 2012 as a member and this year decided to join the committee and act more actively for the climbing community.
Jorge Peres

Jorge Peres

 

Marlene Woligroski (Ordinary Member)

I’ve always been an outdoor enthusiast. My experiences in the Southern Alps of New Zealand kicked up an old interest in rock climbing, and I can now say I’m positively hooked. I’m a fan of trad routes in wild places, and I value mental and physical endurance as a skill. I have my sights set on the Bugaboos, Aconcagua and Denali over the next 12 months. Closer to home, you may find me in the Stirling Range or savouring the views at Wilyabrup. After a lifetime of being inspired by the legends and literature of mountaineering, I find I’m equally inspired by the wonderful personalities I’ve met in here the WA climbing community. I’m pleased to be part of the 2017/2018 CAWA committee and to serve in the best interests of our sport.
Marlene Woligroski

Marlene Woligroski

 

Sam Davies (Ordinary Member)

Growing up in the mountains of North Wales, I took part in all manner of outdoor sports. During our first year of university, a good friend dragged me to Chamonix to climb several of the alpine classics. Because of the amazing experiences (and epics) that we had in Cham, I decided to focus on climbing and have never looked back. I’ve since visited many British and European climbing destinations (taking part in all disciplines), represented the British Armed Forces in competition climbing, and volunteered for my local Mountain Rescue Team.
After moving to Perth in 2014, I began visiting crags and climbing the classic routes – WA has a lot to offer if you’re willing to drive the extra hours! I realised that there is a small but vibrant scene here and I’m keen to be involved in its continued development, helping others to enjoy climbing as much as I have.
Sam Davies

Sam Davies

 

Remi Vignals (Ordinary Member)

I was first introduced to climbing in 2004 as a university student in Adelaide, South Australia. I was immediately hooked and bought my harness and shoes the following week. My enthusiasm continued and I found myself helping to create the University of South Australia Rock Climbing Club. After completing my studies and finding a “real job” in IT in Perth, most weekends presented themselves as a chance to climb locally, but also in Margaret River, Eaglestone Rock, Pinjarra, etc. Every public holiday became an opportunity to head to crags further in WA (Albany, Peak Charles, Kalbarri, Esperance and more…). Every accrued leave meant a ticket booked interstate (Arapiles, Grampians, Tasmania, Frog Buttress) or overseas (Yosemite, France, Spain). Climbing has slowly but surely been taking over my life. First, I gave up working in IT in 2014 and ended up working as a route setter. I have since also given up other volunteering work to join the CAWA committee for 2016.
Remi Vignals

Remi Vignals