“Summer Break” climbing trip to Willyabrup, Friday 30th Nov to Sun 2 Dec 2012.

We’re holding a “Summer Break” climbing trip to Willyabrup, Friday 30th Nov to Sun 2 Dec 2012.

We’ll be staying at the Gracetown Caravan Park. CAWA has reserved a group block of 18 tent sites (power available) at a cost of $14 per person per night. Most of you know about the campsite and its proximity to Willyabrup and other climbing areas.

If you are interested in coming, please let us know asap by email at cawa@climberswa.asn.au. Gracetown Caravan Park is on the corner of Caves Road and Cowaramup Road that leads to Gracetown.

Some of us will travel down on Friday 30th Nov afternoon/evening, but please ensure you arrive no later than 9pm, as requested by the campsite management.  That gives us the ability to get after an early start on the rock on Saturday morning.

Read about the Willyabrup and other local areas in the Perth Rock Climbing Guide and follow the links on the CAWA web.

Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members who are interested in coming can join online. 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.

For any other queries contact Anthony Brandis at anthonyb@climberswa.asn.au or mobile on 0424631869, or Tony Brebner on mobile on 0416186510.

See you there 🙂

Tony Brebner – CAWA President, stepping down..

Due to unexpected circumstances, I will be delegating the running of CAWA to Vice President, Kate Swain, for the remainder of the CAWA year. This will be effective from 13 November 2012.

I had previously advised you all that I would be stepping down from the President’s role at the end of this term, at the AGM in Feb 2013, and therefore will step down a little sooner than anticipated.

However I look forward to being at the AGM to present the President’s report for 2012 and to join and participate as an Ordinary Committee member next year when circumstances permit.

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity lead CAWA over the last 20 months and have been honoured to serve as President. I have enjoyed the challenge immensely, and the reward has been in the huge number of amazing friends I have made. Thank you all.

CAWA continues to grow in membership, expertise and relevance in the Australian rock climbing scene.

More importantly to me is the “family” of climbers that we all belong to here in Western Australia. We all know each other, we know who’s doing what, we are encouraged by each other and we join in and participate. We continue to support and help our climbers in a way that transcends other sports.

So while my hardest route to knock off is still ahead of me, I am happy that CAWA is in a great place, supported by a great Committee with an outstanding membership of climbers.

I ask you to support Kate and to continue to participate, share your experience and enthusiasm to keep CAWA the great association it is.

Tony Brebner
CAWA President

CAWA Top Rope Setting and Sports Route Cleaning – Practice Day



CAWA Top Rope Setting and Sport Route Cleaning – Practice Day


When : Saturday 10th November 2012

Where : Mountain Quarry – Meet at central practice boulder.

Time : 09:00am to 1:00pm

Who : For CAWA Members only. Registration is required.

Registrations : Open Sunday 4TH November 2012.

How to Register : Email your registration to cawa@climberswa.asn.au – Subject : Top Rope Setting and Sport Route Cleaning – Practice Day


This Top Rope Setting and Sport Route Cleaning – Practice Day is be for those CAWA members who want to practice the basics of (1) setting a Top Rope (TR) on a sport climb and (2) how to clean a TR off a sport climb. This is something people need to practice and become proficient with, when they first head outdoors.


This practice day does not teach you how to climb. You must already be an experienced climber with confidence in lead climbing before coming outdoors.
What we will practice is one way of setting a top rope and one way of how to “clean” a sports route.


What you need to bring:


1) Indoor lead climbing equipment which you must be familiar with. (a lead harness, shoes, belay device etc)
2) A dynamic climbing rope of at least 50mts, preferable 60mts.


You will also need the following to lead climb outdoor sports routes, so you will need them to practice with on the day :

3) 10 x 90 Deg PFH Bolt Plates

4) 10 x Quickdraws

5) 4 locking carabiners

6) 1 x sling 2m in length

7) 1x Personal Anchor ( a PAS or 1 X 120mm sling with a locking carabiner)

If you do not have items 3-7, you can still attend but will need to partner up with someone who does have them. You will need them anyway when you go outdoors yourselves.


The practice day will be broken into a starting knots session for those who need some revision.


If at any point some of this gets confusing then you should seriously consider going and attending a professional training course run by an outdoor adventure company.


Your personal safety is our concern but it is your responsibility. We must stress that this is not a climbing training session, this is a practice day. You will need to register and read and accept a disclaimer on the day to attend.


Your facilitators for the day will be Mark and Tony who will be at the practice boulder at Mountain Quarry at 9am on Saturday 10th Nov.


Please email cawa@climberswa.asn.au if you want to register to attend. A confirmation email on your attendance with details of entry to Mountain Quarry will be issued back to you during the week.


This is for CAWA members only.




Saturday Friday 29 September to Monday  1 October 2012 (Queen’s Birthday weekend)


Mt Frankland is located in the Mt Frankland National Park and is about 30km north of Walpole. It’s quite a drive from Perth, probably 5 hours give or take, but in my opinion it’s well worth it. 

Your CAWA trip coordinators for this trip are Tony Brebner and Mark Kleinman.

The climbing is mainly bolted slab, with many routes up to 3 pitches long, so is good if you’re looking to gain some multi-pitch experience. The routes do tend to be run-out, so people need to be fairly confident leading at the stated grade. It’s a good place for beginners and generally on CAWA trips there will be enough people around to lead the routes.

 Most of the routes are bolted, but some require a mix of bolted and natural protection.  Bolt plates will be required.

There’s a variety of grades starting from about 16 and up, so there’s literally something for everyone. Slab climbing requires a certain technique (and lots of faith in your shoes) so will be quite an experience if you haven’t done much before. It’s a beautiful bush setting and there are a couple of other spots you can get to after some bushwalking. Or so I’m told, I’ve always been too lazy to investigate…..

 Check out the West Australian Rock or the South Coast Rock guidebook if you’d like to suss things out a bit more or there’s some information on the CAWA web at the link Mt Frankland New Climbs or at On-line Guides/Mt Frankland.  

 The nearest accommodation / camping area is called Fernhook Falls and it’s a really well set up campground with drop toilets, an undercover kitchen area and a lovely river nearby for smelly climbers to brave at the end of the day (there are no shower facilities). It does get cold overnight, so pack warm stuff. There is no pre-booking, so it’s a first come… We don’t expect it to be full.

 To get there from Perth, drive south from Manjimup along South West Highway and then turn left onto Beardmore Road (a gravel road). Fernhook Falls campsite is about 6km in and is sign-posted on your right.

Bring your own firewood again.

You do need to bring your own food and water etc but can leave the shovel behind. Having said that, Walpole isn’t that far away (about 35km) if you do need supplies and there is other more salubrious accommodation around. There are minimal camping fees ($7 per night per person/$5 concession) that can be paid on an honour system and then you attach a tag to your tent to indicate you’ve paid.  The rangers come around and check.

An email has gone out to all current CAWA members inviting them to attend. If you are interested in going, please fill in the table in the email and reply.

 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, as already mentioned, Mt Frankland is a good beginner’s crag as there will be plenty of people to give you a go. And unsolicited advice, of course!  If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for some further information.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions: tonyb@climberswa.asn.au or mark@climberswa.asn.au

Tony Brebner – CAWA President (mob 0416186510) & Mark Kleinman CAWA Committee





Are we there yet ???



Friday 31 August 12 to Sunday 2 Sept 12

The CAWA EAGLESTONE ROCK trip is only 4 weeks away !!! Yayeeeee

There are ~30 routes going from a grade 10 trad through to the classic big crack “Fidget Gene”, a grade 23 trad and “Whiplash”, a 25.. In between there are a mix of bolted and mixes bolted and trad routes to satisfy most. The climbing area is a stones throw from the camp site and the weather, hopefully, will be cold but clear (my prediction…)

Fear the Smear

As this is a CAWA members trip, you will be emailed the Registration Form for you to fill in with as much detail as you can please. Email it back to cawa@climberswa.asn.au and we will process the registrations and confirm back with you. If you join CAWA and don’t get the registration email, please email CAWA and we will send it to you.

We expect to head out Friday 31 August early’ish to meet together at Baker’s Hill Pie Shop about 8:30am. We then, fully pie’d up and tanked, head out past Northam and stop in at Merredin to re-group and pick up some lunch before heading out for another 1-1.5hrs drive to Eaglestone Rock.

Remember, there are NO FACILITIES at Eaglestone Rock, so bring you own camping gear, food, water, a cheekey red, head torch, climbing gear, shovel, toilet roll and firewood… and a camera, as the place is quite spectacular. You won’t need a 4WD but there are patches of soft sand on the 500mt track from the road to the campsite. There will be 4WD’s there no doubt that will have snatch straps etc if needed. If you can throw a 15kg bag of firewood from you local petrol stn in you car it will help, thanks.

Closer to the time we will issue a directional “mud” map, contact details, a mini-guide, and forecast weather details. 

So hope you can join us for a “remote” camping and climbing experience – Your happy camper and trip co-ordinator, Tony Brebner..

It’ll be OK on the night !


Congratulations to everyone who competed the 1st Heat of the CAWA 2012 Sport Climbing Competition on Saturday 28th July 2012 at Rockface Indoor Rock Climbing Centre.

It was an great day supported by our many sponsors, Adventure Out, Climbing Anchors, Ferno, Main Peak, Sea To Summit, Red Bull, Simon Carter’s Onsight Photography, and XChalk and principal Sponsor for the day Rockface Indoor Rock Climbing Centre.

Well done to all place getters and in particular, a dynamic display from Jarrod May taking line honours for the Open A Male category. A full table of places is posted below. CAWA Pumpfest 28 July Results

Go to the CAWA FB Page to see the photos

See you all at the next Heat 2 – Lead Climbing at Rockface on Sat 11 August 2012.

CAWA 2012 Sport Climbing Competition – REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN !!!

CAWA, Rockface and City Summit are happy to announce that REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN for the

CAWA 2012 Sport Climbing Competition

You have all done Heat 1… Heat 2 starts at 08:00am on Sat 11 August 2012 at Rockface Indoor Rock Climbing Centre, Perth, WA.

Everyone is welcome to attend and enter – not only CAWA members.

This series of events is hosted and organised by CAWA with the great support from ROCKFACE and CITY SUMMIT Climbing Centres. 

We are also grateful to the many sponsors who have provided their support who are recognised in the Climbers Handbook and at the Competition Heats.

All the details for Heat 2 of the Competition are provided in this link – CAWA 2012 Comp Climbers Handbook 

Registrations are made easy if you register early on this link – CAWA Comp 2012 REGISTER HERE.

More details will be posted as we get close to the Heat Days – So look out on the CAWA Web and on the CAWA Facebook page and tell you friends…. or if you need more info email us on comp2012@climberswa.asn.au

The dates for the Heats are :

  • Sat July 28 – Heat 1 – PUMPFEST at Rockface. Registration and entry opens at 08:00am
  • Sat 11 August – Heat 2 – CLIPFEST at Rockface. Registration and entry opens at 08:00am
  • TBA- Heat 3 – PUMPFEST at City Summit.
  • TBA- Heat 4 – CLIPFEST at City Summit.

We expect some spectacular climbing from some of our best, some of our younger climbers and, yes, some of our “older” climbers !!!

We have four categories for entries for both M&F – All details can be found in the CAWA 2012 Sport Climbing Competition – Climbers Handbook ,

  • U18’s
  • Open A
  • Open B
  • Masters (40yo+)

EVERYONE WHO IS A CLIMBER AT WHATEVER GRADE IS ENCOURAGED TO “HAVE A GO”… It will be a fun event with music and spectacular displays of climbing, and in a few peoples cases – some spectacular climbing attire !!!



The CAWA Sports Climbing Competition Committee.