Easter long weekend on Bluff Knoll – 2024

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Easter long weekend on Bluff Knoll – 2024

March 29 April 1

Yes, CAWA just did a Stirling Ranges trip over the Australia Day long weekend, however, this trip will take on a different flavour. This trip will focus on Bluff Knoll, in particular The North Face. At over 250m high, it is the largest rock face in WA. And with no bolts, loads of exposure, route-finding and isolation this is adventure climbing at its greatest during the optimum climbing season for the peak.

On the North Face, you can get fully immersed with classic routes such as Hell Fire Gully (15), Right Anti-Climax (15) or Marrionette (11). Or if you have the skill, then the inspiring Sophocles (18), the lengthy 350m Coercion (17) or sustained Welsh Connection (20) are sure to entertain.
And The North Face is not the only cliff on the peak. The North West Bay, Bastion Buttress and other cliffs also offer many shorter multi-pitch routes. Some of the classics here include Cornerstone (12), Jet Stream (16) and Easter Gully (17).

Whilst the grades might sound fairly reasonable, you should be climbing a few grades above these limits to ensure the best chance of success.

Route information will be provided during the trip, otherwise, you can check out some of the routes in the old CAWA Guidebook (1995), on theCrag or the CAWA forum.

This trip is an opportunity to meet like-minded people, climb some of the most adventurous and exposed routes in WA, brush up on your multi-pitch trad skills, pass your experience onto others and maybe even learn a thing or 2.


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Camping and transport

We will stay at The Stirling Range Retreat which features all the required facilities (please go to their website for more info). CAWA has already booked enough non-powered campsites for the group so you only need to register and pay the $18 per night per person here.

National Parks Pass is also required for each vehicle to access Bluff Knoll. To minimise the expense we will carpool each day whenever possible, and also share the expense with car owners who don’t already have the Annual Parks Pass. If required, 5 x day passes are available from the EFTPOS machine located at the entrance to Bluff Knoll Road (please go to the DBCA website for more info).

Trip requirements

All participants must be ‘self-sufficient’, able to lead traditional, multi-pitch routes at a minimum of grade 16 and be completely responsible for themselves. Many routes on Bluff Knoll will take the majority of the day to complete, so you must also be able to route-find, climb and build anchors efficiently and effectively to give yourself the best chance of success and avoid a potential ‘benightment’.

Getting to the start of climbs in a reasonable time is also important so you must be fit and capable of hiking with gear for 90 x minutes uphill which includes some scrub bashing. Unlike most other climbing trips where you can hang out with other parties throughout the day, your climbing team will be isolated, self-reliant and on-route most of the day which is only sure to add to the adventure. Then we can all catch up, have a few beers and swap stories together at the end of the day!

Following our Public Liability insurance requirements, everyone must sign a Deed of Release and Indemnity and fill in a trip registration form.

Anyone who hasn’t led multi-pitch routes up to grade 16 minimum before will be considered for the trip, however, priority will be given to those who fit the criteria, or if a suitable partner cannot be found, you may not be accepted. If you don’t fit the criteria and want to attend, please email me to discuss further. A parent, guardian, or other responsible person must accompany all climbing participants under 18.

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.

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