I have just come back from a rather nice evening at Rosie O'Gradys at Northbridge. Me and some 30 others spent an hour and a half listening to some of the key pioneers of WA rock climbing, who came and told stories from the old days.
Climbing started in WA some almost 50 years ago, and the old guys are still around. Present were Mike Adams, Mac MacArthur, Dave James and Chris Swain. Many a story was told about them, and also about Mike Smith, Tony Fowler, Gerry MacGill, and the the Old CAWA...the days when gyms did not exist, nuts were threaded with chord, guidebooks were hand made on things called "typewriters", and hobnailed boots were de rigeur. First ascents on Bluff Knoll, discovery of Churchmans, Peak Charles, West Cape Howe, the story of Mobjob and the aluminium ladder, asking Dave about his coconut, many happy nights camping at the Third Arrow cave. Thanks for sharing guys, and many more happy climbs! Pics here.