Easter trip to Peak Charles
Peak Charles is a massive granite dome in the Peak Charles National Park
Approximately 800 – 900 km east of Perth, depending on which route is taken. It is south-east of Norseman and north-north-west of Esperance. Either way, it is worth every hour of driving for the excellent rock and multi-pitch routes.
Climbs range from grade 11 to 27 and on average 5 pitches long, so can suit all tastes. It is predominantly trad climbing. See the online mini-guides for more information about the routes. Peak Charles is home to the longest climb in WA ‘A Walk In The Park’ (13) 500m, 13 pitches. Are you up for the challenge??
This area is not well suited to setting up top ropes and lead climbing (mostly trad) is generally required to access routes. 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. Any inexperienced climbers or participants under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or other responsible people to accompany them.
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.
We shall be camping at the DPaW campsite at Peak Charles, where facilities are basic (drop toilet only) and there is no running water so everyone will need to be completely self-sufficient. Access to the area involves either 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 normal 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 to organise carpooling.
Some of the most climbed classics from the crag
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.
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.
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, Peak Charles is not a beginner’s crag. If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for some further information or e-mail me.