Perth’s new project has arrived… The DreamCatcher.
As with projects of the scale and proportion that City Summit has undertaken, delays and set backs are inevitable and the published date of the CAWA closed event for opening in the 2012 calendar has unfortunately been delayed… again. However some huge inroads have been made again in the last few weeks with a massive step forward with the erection of the DreamCatcher; Perth’s newest and arguably most difficult project.
It is amazing to see the centre take shape and often it is difficult to picture how a wall will look as it sits on the warehouse floor in sections and unclad. It is only when the ply is fit and the pieces are erected that the true size and shape of a wall is realized; even if you where the one who designed it the first place. Both Nigel and Damien stood in awe at the size and difficulty of the DreamCatcher when it was finally put into place on the 18th of March. It truly is something to see and fear. There is still a fair bit of work to go into finalizing the wall as it needs to be pulled into shape and fitted off, gaps filled and of course the grade 36 traversing DreamCatcher line set yet you can still see just how difficult this face is.
Route setting and finishing touches should be completed in the next few weeks and the wall finally painted ready for the assault at the CAWA Closed event opening date. The DreamCatcher run will be set using the boards only, no holds as that would be too easy; it’s the only way we can see to get the desired grade of 36. A plaque will be erected for the first ascent, so get into training to have your name etched in stone (so to speak). If we get the route right, this should take a while for someone to achieve!
The wall not only provides an awesome climb with the traversing DreamCatcher route but has also given us some amazing lines that will challenge the most experienced climbers. The team at City Summit is extremely pleased and impressed with our main feature wall, the angled face represents a 45 degree angle that slopes back some 6 meters in a straight line climb; throw into that an inverted overhang and it is more than challenging. This wall will be a dedicated lead wall and also provides some great bouldering.
We are now on the downhill run to opening with two more walls to be clad and erected, being the SpiderWall and the 5.4m high bouldering wall. The climbing equipment has now been ordered and received at City Summit and route setting due to commence on all walls in the next week or two. The holds are almost all complete providing us with good variety that should see us meet expectations to provide challenging climbs to all levels.
An official opening date has been suspended until we are definitely three weeks from opening and should leave enough time to prepare for the closed event to all CAWA members, keep an eye out for emails and news feeds. If you want to be one of the first to tackle the walls at City Summit make sure your CAWA membership is up to date at CAWA Memberships. Keep an eye on the City Summit news feeds for regular updates, membership forms and passes should be available in the next few weeks so be one of the first to get your membership sorted.
Not long now and Perth’s Premier Climbing Centre will be open and ready for assault!