Many of you probably have no idea what “bouldering” is all about. Let us give you some clues – have you noticed cars on the highways with what looks like a lot of mattresses on the roof and wondered where these people booked accommodation that does not supply mattresses? Well, the answer is that the mattresses are not to sleep on but to fall on. This is all about a fairly new and fast growing sport called “bouldering”.

Wikipedia describes “bouldering” as a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. While it can be done without any equipment whatsoever, most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry, and bouldering mats to prevent injuries from falls. Unlike free solo climbing, which is also performed without ropes, bouldering problems (the path that a climber takes in order to complete the climb) are usually less than 6 meters (20 ft.) tall.

Some exciting bouldering spots have been identified and mapped in the area around Driehoek, which makes Driehoek an ideal place for accommodation (no need to bring your own mattresses!) for lovers of this sport. For more information. As is the case with all other visitors to the Cederberg, the boulderers will be encouraged (and monitored) to respect and protect the wonderful nature that they are exploring. And, looking at the photo below, it speaks for itself that the boulderers perform their sport at their own risk and that Driehoek takes no responsibility for any accident or injury.

Happy bouldering to the brave-hearted!

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