The days are getting longer so it’s time climbers start thinking about heading south to climb. So Queens birthday long weekend CAWA has a trip planned to Mount Frankland in the picturesque Karri forest north of Walpole, 400km south of Perth.
The climbing is on large granite domes with predominately friction slab and face climbing on crystals and small edges. The climbs are mostly multi-pitch, up to 160m long. Most climbs are bolted (hangers required) but some climbs require trad gear. The pitches tend to be long, so top roping is not easy and two ropes or a long single rope are needed for abseil. It’s a great view from the top with an easy walk off the back of the main crag. Note that the older climbs can be a bit run out. Check out South coast Rock, West Australian Rock and the New Climbs mini-guide
We will be camping at Fernhook Falls which has comfortable sites with a camp kitchen, drop toilet and campfires perfect for evening story telling. Water is generally available but this is variable, so it is advisable to be prepared. BYO firewood. The road off the main highway is dirt and can be bumpy, 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. If you intend to come on the trip send me an email and I’ll send you a registration form. Please fill in the registration form and send it back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions give me a call or email. Most people will head down on Friday night, let me know if you need a ride or have spare seats in your car. It’s a good way to meet new people.
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. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or other responsible person to accompany them.
Look forward to seeing you down there,