Boven Open Weekend FAQs

Thanks for registering for Boven Open Weekend. Here are some helpful details to ensure you have a rocking time! 

Where is the event?

The main event is taking place at the Ebony and Ivory Towers Crag close to Boven town (lower valley). Click here for the Google Maps pin. This is the spot for the climbing and market day on Saturday, and is also the starting point for Sunday’s hike. Note: There is no parking at the main event – read below. 

Where do I park?

Secure parking has been arranged in town for both days at the local soccer field. Click here for the Google Maps pin. Please bring cash to tip our dedicated car guard! Once parked, follow the signs on foot to the main event.

For people staying at the upper valley, there is the option to park at Acra and use the approach down the valley to the Coven Crag and then follow our trail markers to the main event. Acra parking: https://goo.gl/maps/iQMZxVQea84PRQAL9

What time does it start?

On Saturday, get your climb on from 9h00 and climb until you can’t no more! The market will be on from 10h00 – 14h00 with food, drinks, live music and more! Shade and seating will be available for your enjoyment. 

On Sunday, meet from 7h30 for the hike. We start walking at 8h00 sharp! The hike will eventually split into two groups – one arriving back at 13h30, and a later group for those who don’t need to rush home.

Can first-time climbers come?

Absolutely. There will be spare gear to be shared, and friendly faces to help coach you up your first climb! 

How hard is the hike?

The 8.5km circular hike passes four waterfalls and ends in a big swing! We don’t need to rush, so it is suitable for hikers of all levels. There are inclines at times but the Emwengya Climbing Club has worked hard to make it as easy as possible, with stairs at times and a well-kept trail. 

What should I bring?

Saturday:

  • Climbing gear (helmet recommended). There will be spare gear if you don’t have.
  • Sun lotion
  • Cash for the market (lunch options costing max. R70)
  • Water for the day
  • Camera
  • Hammock if you have one!
  • Picnic blanket

Sunday

  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Sun lotion
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Hat/cap
  • Climbing shoes (there’s deep water soloing!)
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Camera

What’s on offer?

Live music, slacklining, food and drinks, beginner-friendly top-rope station, first aid and water point. Shaded climbing all day (signs will be up to indicate which crag is best for morning and afternoon). Loads of stoke!

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs are welcome at the crag and on the hike. Note there is one technical part of the hike your dog might need help with if they can’t climb a ladder. We recommend you bring their harness and we can help haul them up!

Can I bring my friends/family?

Of course, the more the merrier! Please just remember to register them online here

If you have any more questions, drop a WhatsApp message to the Send Space on 083 608 1049.

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