Boya Quarry Crash, Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Spring is in full swing and the rock is, now and then, dry so let’s meet up and climb outdoors. This time we should try rarely visited Boya Quarry East Side. There is enough to keep us busy for a few hours with grades from 16 to 23 on sport and some easier trad lines as well.

I’ll be in from 5 to 9pm and happy to set up top ropes if needed. Little refreshment provided for those who RSVP before midday on Wednesday.

What to bring:
Head torch, helmet definitely required (I have a few spare if u need) and long pants and sleeves highly recommended.


See you there,

Jiri Stastny

CAWA Committee

Western Climber, Issue No 24 – Winter 2018

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Dear member,

Just letting you know that the latest edition of Western Climber is now available to download.

You can download the PDF using the following link:


Or go to the Publications Page  of the CAWA website.

Hope you enjoy!

Just a reminder the Western Climber is YOUR voice!  So please send us anything of interest including news, thoughts, photos, report and concerns at

Happy climbing,

Dirk Klicker
CAWA Vice President

Long weekend at Kalbarri, 21-24 September 2018

Dear members,

The long awaited Kalbarri trip is just around the corner: Friday, 21st to Monday, 24th September 2018.


Remi on Keith Goes Blank 15***

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.

Though the areas around the Z Bend tend to attract most climbers, there is some moderate trad climbing out at Hawk’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 and 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 at Kalbarri Z-bend car park.  Please let us know numbers as soon as possible if you plan to attend, thus we can ensure that we have enough space to accommodate everybody.

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Please register by completing the online form ASAP and by 10:00 am Friday 21st September. We 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 email both Elinor  Fleming ( who will be in Kalbarri to coordinate the trip and me ( who is helping with the preparation ahead of the long weekend.

Dirk Klicker

CAWA Committee member and VP


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.

CAWA Eaglestone Trip, 25th and 26th August

It’s time to grab your winter woollies and pack up your car for a trip to the Wheatbelt to Eaglestone Rock. A 3.5 hour drive from Perth will take you to bulletproof  granite with good face climbing and edge. With over 30 bolted, trad and mixed routes there is something for everyone. 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.

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. Last year, we had a mix of people arriving on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

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

To register for the trip, please email me and I will send through a registration form. For those who have not been to Eaglestone before, let me know when you register, and I can provide some more descriptive notes of how to find the crag – can be a little tricky at night!

Hope you see you there!


Kate Bailue
CAWA Committee Member

Self-Rescue Course, 10th-11th November 2018

The self-rescue course will be held on 10th and 11th of November 2018.  There are still places left.  So if your interested please me contact me ASAP.

In collaboration with Adventure Out, CAWA is pleased to offer an instructional two-day course designed to develop the technical skills, experience and confidence needed to safely perform self-rescue.

The course will be held at Mountain Quarry on Saturday, 10th November and Sunday, 11th November.

This course is ideal is a refresher or for those  trying to increase their confidence climbing outdoors so they can take on  those bigger bucketlist adventures.

Mountain Quarry offers a range of climbing challenges and serves as the ideal environment for learning self-rescue skills. 

 The instructors will provide participants with constant feedback and ensure appropriate safety standards are maintained throughout the course.

 Skill points will include:

  1. self-rescue (ascending and switching rope systems, anchoring methods, escaping compromised belay systems)
  2. partner rescue (conscious & unconscious)


The course is set at an intermediate level, so you should be a confident top rope climber with experience in establishing belay systems utilising natural or artificial anchors and in belaying climbers. 

Price: $270 per person*

*All prices include GST. Additionally, CAWA will subsidize $50 per member for a net price of $220 per person.

Adventure Out will provide

  1. experienced instructor(s)
  2. all necessary rock climbing equipment (feel free to bring any personal gear you may have)
  3. $10 million public liability insurance
  4. comprehensive first aid kit

 Please note that CAWA events are a benefit for members. Joining online is easy through the CAWA web page.

If you are interested please:
  1. fill out the trip registration form; and
  2. e-mail me at

Hope to see you there.

Dirk Klicker

CAWA Vice President

Notice of CAWA AGM, 12th July 2018

Dear Members,

We invite you to attend the CAWA Annual General Meeting.

Date:    Thursday, 12th July 2018.  

Venue: 246 Vincent Street, Leederville.

Time:   Arrive 6:00 pm for 6.30 pm start.

The climbing is Tasmania is absolutely epic and our Guest Speaker this year will Gerry Narkowicz from Tasmania.   

“Gerry Narkowicz has been active on the Tasmanian climbing scene since 1980. He has been on the first ascent of about 800 routes particularly in Northern Tasmania at areas such as Ben Lomond, the North and South Esk Rivers, Hillwood, and the Fingal Valley. Along with Robert McMahon, he is the co-author of Climb Northern Tasmania, North Esk, Memory Of A Journey and the guide to the South Esk.”

The agenda will include:

  • Confirmation of the Minutes for the last preceding Annual General Meeting
  • Annual reports: president and treasurer
  • Election of new management committee
  • Appoint a person to audit the accounts of the association
  • Guest Speaker – Gerry Narkowicz
  • Photo competition

The Perth Rock Climbing Guide ($20), Climb Tasmania ($40, limited copies) and CAWA T-shirts ($20) will be available. Please bring exact change.

IMPORTANT: If you are not able to attend, please email the completed proxy form to us at as soon as possible after receiving this letter. Without quorum, we can’t conduct AGM business. Proxies must be received no later than 6:00 pm Thursday, 12th July 2018.

Each member can only hold five proxies, please ensure that the person you nominate is definitely coming to the meeting.

Please note that the AGM is a member only event.

Look forward to seeing you all there!


Gareth Wood

CAWA President


City Summit Gym Crash, 3 May 2018

Sorry about the late notice.

The next CAWA gym crash will be held at City Summit .

Gym crashes are a great way to meet new climbing partners and other CAWA members.

Starts at around 6:30 pm on Thursday, 3rd May 2018.

Special CAWA member entry cost.

Plus FREE Pizza.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

I’ll be wearing a blue CAWA t-shirt.

Dirk Klicker
CAWA Vice President

Western Climber Needs You!

Prizes up for grabs!

Dear members,

We are just in the process of putting together the autumn issue of Western Climber.

CAWA relies on contributions from members to complete each issue.

We will not be able to complete the current issue without some additional contributions from members.

So CAWA is offering a number of prizes for contributions to the current issue of Western Climber.

Contributions may take the form of photos, articles or simply e-mails to CAWA or the editor.

If you have been thinking of making a contribution to Western Climber then now is the time, so that you may be illegible to receive one of the number of prizes that are available.

Contributions do not have to be a extensive or detailed and very short contributions are encouraged.

Things like new route descriptions or info, climbing points of view or topics of interest, questions or comments to CAWA or the editor.

We hope to hear from you soon.

If you are interested please submit your contributions on or before 12 May 2018.

Contributions to Western Climber can be submitted by e-mail to Woody ( or me (

Happy climbing!

Dirk Klicker

Vice President

Arapiles Trip, 3rd to 10th of March 2018

Dear members,

It’s that time of year again.

In March there are 2 long weekends, being the Labour Day long weekend and Easter.

CAWA usually holds a trip on both of these long weekends, Mt Frankland on the earlier weekend and Peak Charles on the later weekend.

The Peak Charles trip is still going ahead and the event will be posted shortly.

The Mt Frankland trip has in the past few years been a bit hit and miss with the weather because Mt Frankland appears to be a bit of a rain magnet.

Therefore, this year I will be arranging a trip to Arapiles.

Arapiles has been touted as the best climbing cliff in the world.  There are a ton of routes.  There are 3,018 routes listed on the Crag.

Arapiles is mostly Trad climbing and climbers will need to bring a Trad Rack.  CAWA does not provide climbing gear or ropes.

Arapiles is probably not the ideal trip for a complete climbing novice, but there are a range of routes available for all grades and levels.

The trip will commence on Saturday, 3 March 2018 to Saturday, 10 March 2018.

The plan at this stage is for the CAWA team to camp at the Pines camping ground at Arapiles.

There is a small fee payable for camping.

At this stage the plan is to rendezvous in Melbourne on Saturday, 3 March 2018 and travel to Arapiles together.

Alternatively, team members can meet at the Pines during the week.

I am looking at a number of travel options to get from Melbourne to Arapiles, which I shall confirm once I have confirmation as to the rough numbers.

I am hoping that CAWA will be able to make a small contribution on behalf of members towards camping or travelling, but I haven’t confirmed if that will be possible.  So perhaps assume, for the time being, that this won’t happen.

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 prior to 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.

Finally, this trip will be strictly RSVP.  So please e-mail me directly if you are keen and want to register.

As there is quite a bit of planning involved, all RSVPs must be received on or before close of business on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.  To go ahead with the trip, I am hoping to get a minimum group of about 6 to 8 or so people to go on the trip.

If I do not get the requisite numbers, I may not proceed with the trip.  However, I may proceed with the trip if the psych is high.

If the trip does not go ahead because I do not get an interest from members, then I will arrange a trip to Mt Frankland in lieu.  For details of the trip to Mt Frankland I refer you to my previous Blog for the trip to Mt Frankland in October 2017.


Happy climbing and hopefully see you in Arapiles,

Dirk Klicker


Vice President



If you need some inspiration have a look at the following YouTube Video.


CAWA Wellington Dam Trip, 20th to 22nd October 2017

Wellington Dam Trip is open for registration!!!

CAWA has a club trip to Wellington Dam from Friday, 20th to Sunday, 22nd of October 2017.

Wellington Dam is around 200km south of Perth, just out of Collie in the picturesque Wellington National Park.

Wellington Dam is a beautiful family friendly spot for a BBQ with some great climbing on solid rock. The climbing is in an old granite quarry, with gas BBQs, picnic tables, shelters and a car park at the base of the cliff, and toilets nearby. There are around 40+ climbs in the quarry, nearly all are bolted. The cliff is up to 20m high – 8 draws and a 50m rope will get you up most things and top ropes can be set up in places. The climbs are mostly steep/vertical and the climbing style is different to the quarries in Perth. Check out the mini guide for more information.

There is also camping nearby and lots to do on Sunday for anyone who wants to make a weekend of it. There is lots of walking in the park and mountain biking at Pile road/Mt Lennard, or go climbing at Pinjarra (see the Perth climbing guide).

To get there turn right off the Collie Highway onto Wellington Dam Road (approx 17km before Collie). Follow Wellington Dam Road for 12km and after passing the café descend a steep incline before turning right into the Quarry car park.

People can turn up any time, BYO stuff for BBQ. It will be a great day of climbing and socialising, look forward to seeing you there.

Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or other responsible person to accompany them.

Trips are a member benefit and you can easily join online.

If you interested in coming to Wellington Dam please complete the online registration form.

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.

Feel free to contact us if you want to register.

Dirk Klicker

CAWA Vice President


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