Mike Law Training Clinics – Register Now!



Somewhere on the Sydney sea cliffs.
Mike somewhere on the Sydney sea cliffs.

We recently announced Mike Law’s visit to Perth to run some climbing clinics and speak at the AGM. One of Australia’s climbing legends (‘The Claw’), he is both knowledgeable and entertaining.

Perth climbers have a unique opportunity to come and learn from the master (and marvel at his amazing Hawaiian shirts). You can now register for the training clinics scheduled at the end of February. Current members have been given the opportunity to register for the clinics ahead of advertising on the CAWA website but there are still a few spots left.

There will be two clinics:

1. Transition from indoor to outdoor climbing: being self sufficient

  • This basic course in outdoor safety will make climbing a bit safer and more enjoyable. It provides some training in the skills you need to progress your climbing safely in the outdoors and be self sufficient.
  • WHY? Many climbers with gym training have high technical skills, but have little practical experience in staying alive outdoors.
  • WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?  A bit about belaying methods, abseiling, falling, retreating and rescue.
  • WHO SHOULD COME? Anyone who thinks their survival skills might be improved. This course is perfect for novice climbers who are looking to make the transition from indoors to outdoors; those who already climb outdoors but have limited experience; anyone uncertain of whether they are employing safe practices or if you aren’t confident you could manage a difficult situation when out climbing with a buddy.

Date: Friday 19 February 2016

Time: 6 pm – 9 pm

Venue: Climbing gym. TBC.

Cost: $ 50 per member (plus normal gym entry)

2. Advanced climbing skills (applicable to both trad and sport)

For the more experienced, Mike has some special treats in store, including:

  • The physics of climbing and belaying: Trad belaying, light and heavy climbers, belaying seconds and belay methods.
  • Trix and red-pointing: How to cheat at climbing. Speeding up multi-pitching.
  • Training: mental, technique, strength, movement on rock and how failure is the best teacher.
  • Trad and anchors: Hauling and setting up 2 bolt belay. Why does trad feel hard?
  • How to choose reasonable goals and achieve them and how not to destroy your body in the process by over-training.
  • How to deal with fear and what it reasonable to be afraid of.
  • Route and trip planning

Who is this course best suited to? Intermediate to advanced climbers (this means you have been spent quite a bit of time outdoors). It is not suitable for novice climbers.

Date: Sunday 21 February 2016

Time: Early start, TBA. Full day (likely to be a long one).

Venue: TBA and weather dependent. Starting outdoors then moving to indoors. In the event of truly vile weather (wet or really hot), then it will be run entirely indoors, where the skills can still be easily taught. Participants should be prepared to be flexible about course content.

Cost: $100 per member (plus normal gym entry)

Please note: HELMETS ARE COMPULSORY while we are outdoors and must be worn any time you are at the base or on top of a cliff.

Clinic numbers will be limited, to allow for individual attention.

Comprehensive notes will be provided to participants of both courses on the day. There will be a mix of theory and practical. Please bring a pen and notebook (unless you want to scribble on your handout).

Please note that the clinics and AGM are strictly CAWA member only events.

Keen to participate but not a CAWA member? Joining online is quick and easy: Become a CAWA member today.

How to register for the clinics:

Please email me at denar@climberswa.asn.au to register.

Please state which clinic you would like to attend and outline your climbing experience. I will then confirm your place and provide you with further details.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Dena Rao
CAWA President

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