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    Ross
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    G’day boulderers!

    I am putting together an update of the Perth Guide, which currently has just “climbs” (things graded the Ewbank scale). It has been suggested that it has bouldering in it….but I don’t boulder (other than at BW Reach in summer) so know next to nothing about this. So I have some questions:

    1. Is there support for bouldering being in the Perth Rock Climbing Guide?

    2. Which areas? What is the best?

    3. If this seems like a good idea and if you are an author of a miniguide and would like to see your work reproduced in the Perth Guide, can you please email me on rossw@climberswa.asn.au, give me your permission to reproduce your work and if poss send me the lastest version of your miniguide by end of this month.

    My personal thoughts on this is that while complete coverage of Perth bouldering would require another book, it would be worthwhile to have the “highlights” in the Perth Guide so as to serve visitors and people new to the game. Any thoughts?

    Also, maybe it is worth mentioning that this is all a “labour of love” and I am not making a cent out of the Guide, i.e. am not looking to profit from anyones work.

    Ross

    #8590 Reply
    Emil
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    I’ve authored a couple of guides, and with inclination could do a couple more. My humble opinion is including bouldering in a perth climbing guidebook would be counter-productive.

    I say this because most of the bouldering areas (and there are quite a few) are quite large and a guidebook’s coverage would be cursory. This would only really serve to drive people to look for the more detailed online guides. Therefore to save yourself the hassle, maybe have a section of the CAWA website that deals with bouldering areas and guides.

    Andy Lampard’s crankdownproductions.com was a hub like this, which he sadly had to take down. Mark W made a suggestion that a part of CAWA’s site be dedicated to a similar endeavour which I think makes much more sense.

    Interestingly some of these guides were not available on the CAWA website in the past as the previous regime deemed the access issues too incendiary. Is CAWA now OK with promoting areas that may be at odds with DEC or landowners?

    #8591 Reply
    Mike
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    It would be great if the CAWA website took over doing some of the stuff crankdown was doing… Like a map of all the areas and a collection of all the mini-guides that are floating around.

    We might be adding a new mini-guide to the mix too. there are a few areas that don’t have guides and it just helps keep people psyched if they can see what’s out there, roughly how hard it is, and how to get to it.

    thanks to those who do the work of putting the guides together.

    #8592 Reply
    Ross
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    Not sure about any past embargoes on “sensitive” bouldering areas…nothing I am aware of….but I have been out of Perth in 04-07 so don’t know what went on. In the past before that we have always had the position that we publish anything and are not a mouthpiece for any land administrator (but any access restrictions should be explicitly listed so people go in informed), for example look at the Peppy Grove and Cott Wall sections of the 2002 Perth Guide where climbing actually is officially banned! So how could we with a straight face not publish some bouldering area? So I am a puzzled by this. I’ll dig into this at the comm meeting in 2 weeks. Bouldering is great, if my back wasnt so rooted I would do more. Bouldering miniguide subsection sounds good, just email me the stuff and I should be able to get it put up (gimme 2 mths, things move slowly).

    #8593 Reply
    John Knight
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    Boulder Rock and Kalamunda are probably the two most important. The old guides set out by Ben at least were flashy colourful things that would probably sit best in something that looked a bit like Rock magazine. Haven’t seen most of the newer guides though. If I were going to introduce someone to WA bouldering, personally, I’d take them to Boulder Rock…

    #8594 Reply
    Mark
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    John K’s comment shows why we really need to have a website or guide for bouldering. Kalamunda and Boulder Rock most important? John have you actually bouldered elsewhere?

    Pipelines, Millers, Cooke, Dreaded, Walyunga all shit over Boulder Rock and dont have used condoms, glass and picnicking bogans.

    #8595 Reply
    seth
    Member

    hahaha introduce them to boulder rock…

    #8596 Reply
    John Knight
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    Haha, all personal taste mate! To be honest, I don’t even know where half these places are, but I’ve been to a few other places (keen to check some of the newer areas though). 🙂 I like Boulder Rock because of the relative flatness of the surrounding terrain, easy approach and large amount of problems in a small area. Kalamunda is in a really nice area and as I’d agree with the guide, actually has some world-class problems (not that I’m up for them). Still, there’s no accounting for taste – some people find Sarah Jessica Parker attractive! *_*

    #8597 Reply
    John Knight
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    Hey, Walyunga’s not too far from me! I thought I’d have to travel eleventy thousand miles to get there, where upon I would have to take up the banjo, eat straw, and marry my cousin to fit in with the locals and avoid a traditional lynchin’. 😀 Next on the todo list!!

    #8598 Reply
    seth
    Member

    Walyunga has some amazing problems on great rock. An excellent case in point where a guide could be made though as I’m not sure if there is one in open circulation if at all?

    Another point is that many areas still have a fair potential for development, guides are handy for being able to know what’s an established problem and what’s not.

    #8599 Reply
    jason
    Member

    i am trying to put something together for walyunga as i know it has been climbed extensively. it is perfect granite and lots of variety. to be honest i do not know why a guide has not been produced before???

    if anyone has stuff for it i would be more than happy to include it… however, this is my first attempt at a guide so don’t expect too much!

    jpicket 2 at threedotcomdotau

    #8600 Reply
    John Knight
    Member

    By the way you guys were talking, I was under the impression a guide already existed?! Yes, this is a reason for hosting bouldering here.

    #8601 Reply
    jason
    Member

    sorry noticed my email is wrong…

    jpickett 2 at threedotcomdotau

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