Now there’s no excuse not to be psyched for Boven in 2012…here’s a new version of the Boven Guide guide, this one with some great pictures, a ticklist at the back and a better introductory section. Its up to date with regards new lines and grades.
Its a complete guidebook in digital form without the advertisements..and of course its free. Big thanks to Dirk Smith and Micky Wiswedel for many of the photos. Huge ongoing respect to all who keep Boven the best, especially the Behrs for making Tranquilitas such a great place to stay and climb, and to the MCSA for their active sponsorship of bolts for new routes and replacements.
So download it now and start working on your ticklist for 2012, much better than those New Year resolutions!
A big thanks also to Gustav van Rensburg of Roc ‘n Rope for the initial route guide information.
Welcome to Boven! If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are (on your way) to one of the worlds best sport climbing destinations; or at the very least, you are considering making a trip here. Boven has over 500 sport climbs ranging from grade 8 to 34 (French grade 4 to 8c), and plenty of excellent trad climbing too. The rock is bullet-hard quartzite and the climbs are typically vertical to gently overhanging with the odd overlap.
Technical endurance climbing is the predominant style and precise footwork and finger strength will go far! The crags give views over remote wooded valleys and hills rich with animal and plant-life; the bases of the climbs are flat and shady, the crags are quiet and the walk-ins are a breeze. It is one of the few climbing areas in the world where weather is good for climbing almost all year round.
Rest-day activities include game viewing in the world famous Kruger National Park.
What more can we say…..the grass really IS greener here.