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Easter ’23 at Peak Charles
Peak Charles is a massive granite dome in the Peak Charles National Park.
Approximately 800 – 900 km east of Perth, depending on the route taken. It is southeast of Norseman and north-north-west of Esperance. Either way, the excellent rock and multi-pitch routes are worth every hour of driving.
Climbs range from grade 11 to 27 and, on average, five pitches long. That said, there were currently new sport single-pitch routes opened up. See theCrag and the online mini-guides for more information about the routes. Peak Charles is also home to the WA’s longest climb, ‘A Walk In The Park’ (13) 500m, 13 pitches. So are you up for the challenge??
Multi-pitch trad and sport routes require both climbers to be knowledgeable and experienced. We’d love to see you there, but it’s essential to understand that climbing at PC is not suited to beginners unless an appropriately experienced person accompanies them.We will be camping at the DPaW campsite at Peak Charles, where facilities are basic (drop toilet only) and no running water, so everyone will need to be completely self-sufficient.
Access to the area involves a few hundred km of dirt road via Lake King or about 50 km of dirt from the Coolgardie-Esperance Highway. A 4WD is handy, but as long as there has not been a lot of rain, the road is passable in a regular car if care is taken. We shall keep participants posted about weather conditions closer to the time.
We will do our best to assist members in organising carpooling.
The crag is not well suited to setting up top ropes, and lead climbing (mostly trad) is generally required to access routes.
- All climbers on the trip must be independent participants who are entirely responsible for themselves.
- Following our Public Liability insurance requirements, everyone must sign a Deed of Release and Indemnity and fill in this trip registration form.
- Any inexperienced climbers must nominate an experienced climber who will climb with them during the trip.
- A parent, guardian or another responsible person must accompany all climbing participants under 18.
- If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for further information or e-mail me.
Please note that CAWA trips are a benefit for members. Non-members interested in coming with you will need to join online and follow up on the registration for the trip beforehand.
Furthermore, be aware that the weather and numbers are the deciding factors of 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. The final decision will be made last Tuesday before the trip. Until then, think positive and make your daily sacrifices to the rain gods.