If you’re ready to embark on a thrilling adventure, bouldering in the Cederberg is a must-try experience.
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that doesn’t require ropes, and it usually takes place relatively close to the ground. The idea is to tackle short, technical climbs with a focus on skill and precision. While expert climbers certainly appreciate this sport, it’s accessible to climbers of all levels.
The Ideal Bouldering Location
The Cederberg has become a global hotspot for bouldering enthusiasts Here are a few reasons why:
- Unique Landscape: The Cederberg boasts distinctive landscapes with its orange and maroon-hued rocks, creating a visually striking backdrop for bouldering.
- Abundance of Boulders: With an array of boulders and “high balls” as far as the eye can see, climbers of all levels can find suitable challenges. From easy to extremely challenging routes, there’s something for everyone.
- A Sense of Community: Bouldering is a social sport with a strong community feel. You’ll encounter climbers sharing information, bouldering problems, and solutions.
- Well-Documented Climbs: Many bouldering routes are well-documented, making it easier for newcomers to find appropriate routes. The Cederberg offers numerous climbing “problems” with various levels of difficulty.
The Best Time for Bouldering?
Bouldering is a winter activity in the Cederberg, with the season running from May to September. The mild, dry winter climate is ideal for spending long days climbing. And when the sun sets, you’re treated to epic stargazing, thanks to the region’s minimal light pollution.
Who Are Boulderers?
You’ll recognise boulderers by the giant fold-up mattresses they carry on their backs as crash pads. These mattresses cushion falls from the relatively low climbing heights. Most boulderers are in their early twenties, with a focus on strength and skill rather than pure endurance.
Novices Are Welcome
The Cederberg offers novice routes, and many climbing problems have easy to moderate grades. Bouldering is about enjoying the climb, not reaching great heights. Plus, fellow climbers are often eager to share information.
Respect for the Wilderness
Boulderers do not disrupt the peace of the Cederberg. Most climbing sites are hidden in the mountains, away from main hiking paths. The well-trodden paths you might encounter are proof of the well-maintained routes.
Bouldering at Cederberg Ridge
Our beautiful lodge offers a relaxing break from climbing, with luxurious rooms, deep baths, exquisite dining, and a rejuvenating spa. Treat yourself to dinner after an adventurous day in the Cederberg.
We’re excited to welcome climbers who appreciate the Cederberg Mountains and their tales of adventure.
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