As we all know, access to crags, whether it be on state land or private property is a very important factor in the sport of climbing and climbers in general and various organisations work very hard at trying to keep relations between land owners and the climbing fraternity healthy and happy. This means that we do not do anything that may upset the land owner, which in turn may put access to a crag or mountain area in jeapordy.
After some discussions about five years ago David and Cisca Niewoudt (owners of Dwarsrivier Farm and also Wolfberg crags and Sanddrif crag) have very kindly allowed bolting to take place on Sanddrif Crag and the crags immediately surrounding that crag (ie the walls in front of the original crag).
They agreed to this with the implicit condition that I would monitor the bolting on the crag and let them know of developments as and when it happened.
Over the years and also very recently, some routes were added to the main crag and also the ‘new’ outside wall. These routes are great and a very worthwhile addition to the crag.
However, some confusion arose when the last bout of bolting occurred at the crag and the owners (and I) were not informed of any bolting activity for that weekend. This resulted in certain other climbers reporting ‘illegal bolting’ at Sanddrif crag to the owners. This in turn resulted in a not too happy Cisca Niewoudt contacting me and asking what was going on.
To cut a long story short I managed to sort out the confusion and everyone is happy again, however they (the Niewoudts) do insist that they are informed of any bolting activity that may take place on the crag.
I know this is a bit of a long winded story, but in a nutshell, if you want to bolt at Sandrif Crag, please drop me an email stating where you want to bolt on the crag and when. Then I can verify your ‘application’ and let Cisca know. Under no circumstances must bolting take place there if these steps have not been followed.
Sanddrif Crag is one of the better sport crags in the Western Cape. Please do not do anything to jeopardise access.