Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations with the aim to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route. There are various forms of rock climbing but only three are practiced in the Cederberg Conservancy namely Sport climbing, Traditional climbing and Bouldering.
Traditional or Trad Climbing involves rock climbing routes that do not have permanent anchors placed to protect climbers from falls while ascending. Gear is used to protect against falls but not to aid the ascent directly.
Unlike Traditional Rock Climbing, Sport Climbing involves the use of protection or permanent anchors which are attached to the rock walls.
Climbing on short, low routes without the use of the safety rope that is typical of most other styles. Protection, if used at all, typically consists of a cushioned bouldering pad below the route and/or a spotter, a person that watches from below and directs the fall of the climber away from hazardous areas.
The Trad Climbing Areas are
Sport Climbing can be done at
- Sanddrif Crag
Climbers must please respect the environment and adhere to ‘minimal impact’ and ‘leave no trace’ practices.
Please obtain permits and adhere to the rules and regulations as set by the landowners.