The days are getting warmer so it’s time to head to the coast for some sea cliff climbing. CAWA has a trip planned to Wilyabrup on the last weekend in November. Located 26km NW of Margaret River, it’s not too far for a weekend trip from Perth.
Wilyabrup is one of the biggest and best known crags in the region, stretching around 400m along a small terrace above the wave line overlooking the Indian Ocean. With rock pools and small beaches close by, it’s a beautiful place to climb.
The climbing style is quite varied with lots of face climbs, small roofs and even a few cracks. The climbs are mostly trad or mixed lines requiring a full rack of wires and camming devices, but there is also some sport routs as well. Top ropes can be easily set up in places. Check out the West Australian Rock guide book for more info.
We will be staying at a campground not far from Wilyabrup. If you intend to come on the trip send me an email and I’ll send you a registration form, email@example.com. 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.
Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming can join online. 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.
CAWA has a club trip to Wellington Dam on Saturday the 1st of November. 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, using the link on the homepage.
Please register so we have an idea of numbers: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions contact me on the above email. I will be away in the field until the 17th of October and have limited email access so any questions before then should be sent to email@example.com
Mount Frankland trip Queens birthday long weekend has been cancelled due to poor weather forecast.
Hopefully the weather will be better for the next trip.
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,
Eaglestone Rock Climbing Trip Friday 29 –Sunday 31 August 2014
It’s time to grab your winter woollies and pack up your car for a club trip to the Wheatbelt east of Perth. Camping is only a stone’s throw away from where you will be climbing. Your coffee will stay nice and hot on the brief walk to your first climb of the day.
With approximately thirty trad, bolted 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), *Old School Leaver (18) and one of my personal favourites ** Ithica (22). So be sure to check out your Perth Rock Climbing Guide for route and access information. If you don’t yet have a guide book you can purchase one at our next gym crash before the trip which will be at The Hangout in Bayswater on Tuesday 12th August.
Eaglestone now has a long drop toilet, so no need to pack a shovel. However, there are no other facilities or water so you will need to be completely self-sufficient. A guide to what to bring:
- Cooking & camping gear, including plenty of water
- Firewood – there isn’t any to be collected from the ground so we would ask that everyone brings some with them. It’s not an Eaglestone trip without a fire! And it does get very cold at night.
- Toilet paper
- Warm clothing – it’s pretty chilly out there at night and early in the morning
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.
The Merredin bakery is a must before heading to Eaglestone Rock, with tasty treats to satisfy your climbing hunger.
Registering Your Interest
Please register your interest now by emailing me at email@example.com. I will send you a questionnaire to complete as well as more detailed information. I will do my best to assist members to organise car pooling.
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 on the above email or on 0422506266.
We hope you can join us on this trip
Your Eaglestone Rock trip co-ordinator
CAWA Committee Member
The forecast for Saturday is not looking good so unfortunately I think it is best to postpone the trip until later in the year when the weather is more stable.