Mount Frankland Trip – 24th-26th September

Posted on September 18, 2016 by to Events, News, Social | No Comments

Mount Frankland Trip


Saturday, 24th September to Monday, 25th September 2016 (Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend)

Please be aware that the weather is the deciding factor on this trip and if it is still raining (down south) shortly before the trip then the rock will be unclimbable and the trip will be cancelled. At this stage the weather is not looking good. However, the final decision will be made on Wednesday, 21st September. Until then think positive and make  your daily sacrifice to the rain gods.

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.

Dena Rao leading first pitch of Granitarium (17), Mt Frankland. Photo by Jena McDowall.

Dena Rao leading first pitch of Granitarium (17), Mt Frankland. Photo by Jena McDowall.

Your CAWA trip coordinators for this trip is Dirk Klicker.

The climbing is mainly bolted slab, with many routes up to 3 pitches long. So it is good if you are looking to gain some multi-pitch experience. The routes tend to be run-out, so people need to be fairly confident leading at the stated grade. Generally on CAWA trips there will be enough people around to lead the routes so that everyone can have a go. Most of the routes are bolted, but some require a mix of bolted and natural protection. Bolt plates will be required.

There is a variety of grades starting from about 15 and up. So there is something for everyone.

The West Australian Rock or the South Coast Rock Guidebooks are a good reference. There is some information on the CAWA web at the link Mt Frankland New Climbs or at On-line Guides/Mt Frankland.

The camping area is called Fernhook Falls and it is a well set up campground (this means tents) with drop toilets, a nice 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. On past trips the march flies have been out in force, so some good, strong insect repellent is also recommended in case we are unlucky again this year.

There is no pre-booking, so it’s a first come. We do not expect it to be full.

If you need directions please send Dirk an e-mail.

You do need to bring your own food and drinking water for this trip but you can leave the shovel behind (there is a tap in the kitchen that feeds from a rainwater tank for cooking/washing dishes). Walpole is not 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). The rangers come around and check.

Remember to bring your own firewood.

If you interested e-mail Dirk and he will send you a registration form to confirm that you will be attending.

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 Membership Officer


Mob : +61 (0)400248815

Local Climbing News – Lead and Top Rope Competition at Rockface

Posted on August 11, 2016 by to Competitions, Events, News, Social | No Comments

In local climbing news:-

Rockface Climbing Centre is running Commitment 2016 – a lead and top rope competition that opens on 24th August, the qualifier format runs over multiple weeks with finals over the weekend of 16th – 18th September. Competitors will be in the running to win a range of quality prizes from sponsors like Scarpa, Black Diamond, Climbing Anchors, So iLL, Mad Rock, Clif Bar and more.

Check out the Commitment 2016 event page for more details.

Register in person at Rockface Climbing Centre, 63b John St, Northbridge.







You can notify CAWA of your local climbing news or event by e-mailing CAWA directly at the following e-mail address (

Joining CAWA online is easy, through the link on the CAWA home page.

Gym Crash at The Boulder Hub – 11/08/2016 @ 6.30pm

Posted on July 31, 2016 by to News | No Comments


Dear CAWA Members,

The next CAWA Gym Crash will be held at the Boulder Hub in Wangara on Thursday the 11th of August from 6:30pm. Bouldering of all styles and levels are offered.

Bouldering doesn’t require a rope, a harness and not even a climbing buddy, having said that I would love to see more women attend. Sadly women were significantly outnumbered by men at the last gym crash. So if you have never bouldered, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try and meet some new faces.

CAWA will also be offering a tasty Nandos dinner for the discounted price of $7. I will be taking orders at 7pm on the night, so please come see me before then if you would like to be included.

I look forward to seeing you all there. For those that don’t know me, ask one of the gym staff, they will point me out. My bio and pic are also on the CAWA website.

Date: Thursday 11th August 2016
Time: From 6.30pm
Location: The Boulder Hub, 2/1 Venture Loop, Wangara, WA
BYO: Climbing shoes and chalk bag

Kate Bailue
CAWA Treasurer

Comments submitted to The Albany Coast Draft Management Plan 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016 by to News | No Comments

Ryan belayed by Inalee on the classic Take The Plunge 19** - West Cape Howe

Ryan on the classic route called Take The Plunge (grade 19***) at West Cape Howe


Dear climbers,

The Albany Coast Draft Management Plan 2016 was released by DPaW for public comments on 9th May 2016. Thanks to several CAWA committee members who scrutinized the plan, CAWA submitted comments on 6th July 2016.



The Draft Albany Management Plan covers 56 existing terrestrial parks and reserves totalling 32,457ha (Map 1, Appendix 1 of the plan). The lands are mainly located in the City of Albany, as well as southern parts of the shires of Plantagenet and Jerramungup. Climbing areas covered by the plan include the Gap, Natural Bridge, and Peak Head in the Torndirrup National Park, West Cape Howe in the West Cape Howe National Park and Waychinicup in the Waychinicup National Park.  As it covers such a large area and variety of parks, it is written more strategically than other management plans.

This management plan, once gazetted, will replace all of the below listed plans as the statutory management plan for the parks and reserves within the planning area (including any proposed reserves that become vested with the Conservation Commission):

  • South Coast Regional Management Plan 1992–2002 (CALM 1992a)
  • Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve Management Plan 1995–2005 (CALM 1995a)
  • West Cape Howe National Park Management Plan 1995–2005 (CALM 1995b)
  • Interim management guidelines for Torndirrup, Gull Rock and Waychinicup national parks, as well as Mount Manypeaks and Arpenteur nature reserves
  • A non-statutory management plan also exists for Cheyne Bay: Cape Riche to Pallinup River (reserves 14986, 14987 and 31240)

Note that the Stirling Range and Porongorups are covered in the Stirling Range and Prongorups Management Plan, and Peak Charles is covered in the Esperance and Recherche Archipelago Management Plan that came into effect last year.  (These were previously covered by the South Coast Regional Management Plan).

The strategic objectives of the Draft Albany Management Plan, which are derived from corporate DPaW objectives and provide overall guidance for the planning area, are:

  • to conserve and protect biodiversity and ecological integrity;
  • to conserve and protect the value of the land to the culture and heritage of Noongar people, and conserve and protect other cultural heritage;
  • to provide for recreation, tourism and community use for the appreciation of the area’s landscape, natural and cultural heritage values; and
  • to provide for sustainable resource use.

For context, the parks and reserves covered by the Management Plan have immense importance for biodiversity, Noongar and other cultural heritage, as well as have spectacular coastal landforms and scenery that attract many visitors, and are an integral part of the greater Albany community.  It will always be a balancing act to maintain the above listed objectives.

As a background, the parks are located within the global biodiversity hot-spot of the South West Botanical Province. The Albany coast area has high conservation value based on the presence of several large and intact protected areas such as the Gull Rock, Torndirrup, Waychinicup and West Cape Howe National Parks and Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve; areas of high plant species diversity and endemism; and important refuges for threatened fauna (including the critically endangered Gilbert’s potoroo or ngilgyte (Potorous gilbertii) and several endangered ground-dwelling birds, flora and ecological communities.

The plan recognises that recreation (in all its forms) within the planning area mainly occurs along the coastal strip, and the major focus for visitor use is at Torndirrup, West Cape Howe, Gull Rock and Waychinicup national parks and Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. While the majority of recreation sites within the planning area are associated with the provision of access to beaches and coastal inlets, and much of the activity at these sites is water based, these coastal parks and reserves also provide:

  • spectacular scenic destinations
  • a rustic, remote and wild sense of place
  • unique and varied landscapes
  • opportunities for numerous nature-based recreation activities and multi-user groups
  • unique natural experiences.

Consequently, the number of visitors to these popular coastal parks and reserves are high. In 2013–14, Torndirrup National Park was the sixth highest visited park/reserve in the State with about 431,528 visits (70% of the combined parks visits), and the most visited reserve in the planning area. ‘The Gap’ and ‘Natural Bridge’ sites within this park attracted about 209,587 visits alone (half of the visits were to the park). In comparison, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve received about 107,000 visits, Waychinicup National Park received about 14,500 visits and West Cape Howe National Park received about 49,134 visits.

CAWA recognises that climbing is only one activity of many that occur within the numerous parks covered with the planning area of the Draft Albany Management Plan, but the plan contains several key and very important climbing areas.  This and the consideration of the above mentioned considerations are reflected in CAWA’s submission to DPaW submitted on 6 July 2016.

Download CAWA’s response to the Albany Coast Draft Management Plan – July 2016 (PDF)

Any questions or burning desire to help out with access issues in the future, contact us on

CAWA Access sub-committee

CAWA Survey – Ended

Posted on July 11, 2016 by to News | No Comments


Ash Thomas - winner of the draw!

Ash Thomas – winner of the draw!

Hello WA Climbers,

CAWA would like to thank everyone who participated in the recent CAWA survey.

An overwhelming number of responses was received from both CAWA members and the wider climbing community.

Congratulations to Ash Thomas who won the draw and scored a brand new 9.8mm Beal climbing rope!

Once all responses have been collated, the CAWA committee can identify what West Australian climbers, as a whole, want. In turn the CAWA committee can plan future events and create a focus that serves the greater climbing community of Western Australia.

If you are not a member and would like to become one to help CAWA plan future events please follow the link: Become a Member

Once again thank you for your participation in the survey.

Kind Regards,
CAWA Committee




Posted on July 09, 2016 by to News | No Comments


CAWA Renewal Notice 2017

CAWA Renewal Notice 2017

Hi Everyone!

Some of you already hold memberships for the 2016/2017 year, and some of you have already renewed your membership, if so please ignore this email (Life Members ditto).

For everyone else remaining, unfortunately your CAWA membership has expired!

It is now possible to renew your membership online at the CAWA website at the following link:

My sincere apologies for the late renewal notice. The new committee is still getting familiar with the membership process and we thank you for your patience.

Membership prices are same as last year for a single and family membership, current prices are as


Period of Joining Single






Youth (U18)
July/Aug/Sept – 12 mths $65/ $60 $90/$80 $45/$40
Oct/Nov/Dec – 9 mths $50/ $45 $63/$54 $41/36
Jan/Feb/Mar – 6 mths $35 / $32 $46/$39 $30/26
Apr/May/June – 15 mths $80/ $72 $109/$95 $57/$50

It usually takes a week or so to process memberships and get cards posted, so if you need your membership before your card arrives, simply print off the tax receipt you receive from RegisterNow.

Any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to drop me an email me at

Safe Climbing!



Dirk Klicker

Memberships Officer



Climbers’ Association of Western Australia
PO Box 7125, Cloisters Square, WA, 6850
email :
web :

Eaglestone Rock Climbing Trip: 29th – 31st July

Posted on July 07, 2016 by to News | No Comments

Dear Members,

It’s time to grab your winter woollies and pack up your car for a fun-filled climbing weekend to Eaglestone, 3.5 hours east of Perth in the Wheatbelt.

After numerous requests from fellow members this year we will be running a dress-up theme to showcase your best climbing attire. I would like your help choosing a theme, so please vote using the CAWA registration form below.

Voting will close 10 days prior to the trip date (20th July), with the theme chosen by the most votes. Vote carefully as there will be prizes for best climbing costume, best costume of the day and hardest/most routes in your costume!

With approximately 30 bolted, trad 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**), Pink Rings (18*) and Ithica (22**). So be sure to check out your Perth Rock Climbing Guide for route and access information.

Fidget Gene 23**

Richard M. on the classic wide crack of Fidget Gene 23**

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.

Most people will be travelling there Friday evening or Saturday morning. The Merredin bakery is a must before heading out to Eaglestone Rock, with tasty treats to satisfy your climbing hunger.

Eaglestone is always a fun weekend and a great chance to meet other climbers, so we hope you can join us on the trip.

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

Registration is compulsory, so please register using the link provided below if you intend to come along:


If you have any queries or would like to find out any further information, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at



Kate Bailue

CAWA Treasurer



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.

Gym Crash at PWR Urban Ascent

Posted on June 08, 2016 by to Events, News, Social | No Comments

CAWA Post 6-8-16

Hi Fellow CAWA Members!

CAWA is holding a gym crash at PWR Urban Ascent on the 21st June at 6:30pm, 24 Jackson Street, Bassendean.

So join CAWA and come on down to PWR Urban Ascent where you can mash yourself on some climbing walls that have been inspired by the deep red and yellow rocks of the Kimberly. Seven lead stations, various top rope stations and a boulder to pump yourself out on. An ice climbing wall is also there (for an extra cost).

CAWA guide books are for sale ($25ea) and our awesome blue t-shirts can be purchased ($25ea). Please bring exact money if you wish to purchase them.

There will be food (pizza or sandwiches) for all those who so desire, however there will be an extra cost of $5.

CAWA members can get in for $9. If you are not a CAWA member and wish to join please become a member and enjoy the benefits.

We hope to see you there!!!


CAWA Survey – For All Members And Non-Members

Posted on June 04, 2016 by to News, Social | No Comments


Nat on Cableway Crag  (17), Table Mountain, SA

To All Climbers in Western Australia,

CAWA is conducting a study to gather opinions and information from West Australian climbers.

Your responses will be collated against other responses and reviewed by the CAWA committee.

Once all responses are reviewed the CAWA committee can identify what West Australian climbers, as a whole, want. In turn the CAWA committee can plan future events and create a focus that serves the greater climbing community of Western Australia.

This survey consists of approximately 30 questions and will 5 – 10 minutes to complete. Please note, the srvey will close on the 25th of June 2016. Please clink on the link below to start the survey.

Start the survey now

By entering this survey you can enter the draw for your chance to win a brand new climbing rope!

We look forward to hearing your opinions!


CAWA Committee


Local Climbing News – Bouldering Competition at Boulder Hub on 11 June 2016

Posted on May 31, 2016 by to Competitions, Events, News, Social | No Comments

In local climbing news:-

On Saturday, 11th June 2016, the The Boulder Hub in Wangara is holding the MOMENTUM Bouldering Competition.
It is a 2 hour climbing pump fest for climber’s of all abilities (novice, intermediate and open).
MOMENTUM is also the qualifier for the next World Cup format competition KINETIC which will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of July 2016.
 Registration for MOMENTUM closes on Sunday, 5 June 2016.
So do not miss out on the chance to climb, compete and smash a PB. Bring your best climbing buddies along! Spectators are welcome if you don’t want to compete.
CAWA encourages all members to participate and support our local climbing talent, competitions and gyms.


You can notify CAWA of your local climbing news or event by e-mailing CAWA directly at the following e-mail address (

Joining CAWA online is easy, through the link on the CAWA home page.