Labour day long weekend trip to Mt Frankland
Mt Frankland is located in the Mt Frankland National Park which 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.
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 at leading 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 bolts 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 camping area is called Fernhook Falls which 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 first served situation. We do not expect it to be full.
- 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 ($15 per night per person) so make sure you have enough cash on you for the payment. The rangers come around and check.
- Make sure your National Park pass is valid.
- Remember to bring your own firewood if the event is between April 15 and November 30.
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.
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 event will be cancelled. The final decision will be made last Wednesday before the trip. Until then think positive and make your daily sacrifice 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, Mt Frankland is a good beginner’s crag. If you are a beginner, it might pay to read CAWA Trips for some further information.