What makes a climbing kids party special.

Every parent wants the best for their children. A child’s birthday is a moment, every year, where all parents are especially prepared to go to great lengths to bring as much joy as possible to their children. And, for all the stresses they might bring, parents know the worth of providing their children with such joy.

At the Boulder Cave, we aim to give children as fulfilling and joyful a party as is possible. This means paying attention to the details. Climbing is fun, but it is more fun if you have a sense of what you’re doing. Every party comes with a dedicated facilitator (or two if the number of partygoers require it) who have ample experience working with children. These facilitators stay with the partygoers for the full two hours. They show them how to climb, where to climb and help them get the most out of the experience. And they keep them safe!

Climbing on an empty stomach is no fun, and the stresses of catering for a children’s party could drive any parent mad. We take care of this, and do not take the task lightly. We provide party packs that would make any child happy. (Oreos, not toppers. Simba chips, not fake nik naks. Coca Cola, not twizza) We also provide hot food. This is all inclusive in our party price. We are also up to the challenge of providing for picky eaters. Just let us know what you will need.

Finally, a good party has its own space. During the entire two-hour period, a dedicated party area is reserved for the partygoers. This area can be decorated, by arrangement, and can comfortably facilitate up to 18 children.

If you are looking to organize a fun, physically active and exciting birthday party, with as little stress as possible on you, the parent, then the Boulder Cave should be your first stop. Your children will be well looked after, well fed and will be sufficiently tired to have a good night’s sleep when the day is over.

Contact us on 081 269 1234 to organize your party today. Don’t wait too long!

Kids climbing party at The Boulder Cave

Climbing envisioned as new treatment for depression

A growing body of research suggests that bouldering, a form of rock climbing, can help build muscle and endurance while reducing stress — and a new study co-led by a University of Arizona doctoral student of psychology suggests that the activity also may be used to effectively treat symptoms of depression.

UA researcher Eva-Maria Stelzer and Katharina Luttenberger of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg led a team that involved more than 100 individuals in a bouldering intervention in Germany, where some hospitals have begun to use climbing as a therapeutic treatment.

The participants were randomly split into two groups. One immediately began the intervention, while the other group had to wait to start bouldering, which involves climbing rocks or walls to a moderate height without ropes or a harness. Each participant bouldered for three hours a week over the course of eight weeks.

The research team measured the depression of group members at different points in the study using the Beck’s Depression Inventory and the depression subscale of the Symptom Check List Revised, known as SCL-90-R.

The team’s major finding was that, during the therapy, the immediate intervention group’s Beck’s Depression scores improved by 6.27 points, but for the same time period the group that was initially wait-listed improved by only 1.4 points. This drop in score reflects an improvement of one severity grade from moderate to mild depression levels.

“Bouldering, in many ways, is a positive physical activity,” said Stelzer, who began researching the benefits of bouldering while completing her master’s in psychology at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany and is now completing her doctorate at the UA. “There are different routes for your physical activity level, and there’s a social aspect along with the feeling of an immediate accomplishment when bouldering.”

Stelzer will present the study and findings during the 29th annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, to be held Thursday through Sunday in Boston.

In addition to Stelzer and Luttenberger, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg researchers involved were Stefan Först, Elmar Gräßel, Matthias Schopper, Johannes Kornhuber and Stephanie Book. The team has since expanded the study to compare the bouldering intervention with cognitive behavior therapy involving individuals in Erlangen, Munich and Berlin.

“I hope this study and future studies are able to impact a life,” Stelzer said. “Depression is a severe illness. It is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States and worldwide. Even though a variety of treatment options exist, less than one-third of people receive treatment for their symptoms.”

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that anxiety disorders, including depression, are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. About 18 percent of the nation’s adult population, or about 40 million people, cope with anxiety disorders.

Invested in improving interventions to aid with such conditions, Stelzer, Luttenberger and Schopper, who have offered bouldering sessions for patients at a care center in Germany, drew on their own experiences as avid rock climbers and boulderers to investigate the benefits the sport could provide to those dealing with anxiety, depression, social isolation and self-esteem issues.

“Patients enjoyed the bouldering sessions and told us that they benefited greatly,” said Luttenberger, a psychometrics expert at the University of Erlangen, located just north of Nuremberg in Germany, about the sessions Schopper offered. “Since rumination is one of the biggest problems for depressed individuals, we had the idea that bouldering could be a good intervention for that.”

For the study, most of the patients involved were new to bouldering.

Also during the study, both groups were taught about how to cultivate positive social interactions and about meditation and mindfulness throughout the study. All told, the study involving the intervention and follow-up lasted 24 weeks.

Stelzer explained that bouldering has a number of other important characteristics that make it especially beneficial for the treatment of depression, namely that it helps boost self-efficacy and social interactions — both of which hold innate benefits for dealing with depression.

“You have to be mindful and focused on the moment. It does not leave much room to let your mind wonder on things that may be going on in your life — you have to focus on not falling,” Stelzer said.

“Bouldering not only has strong mental components, but it is accessible at different levels so that people of all levels of physical health are able to participate,” she said, adding that because many people who are depressed deal with isolation, bouldering as a treatment could bolster physical activity and be used as a social tool allowing people to interact with one another.

Given the positive results, the team believes that bouldering may be used to complement traditional care for clinical depression. Team members are now working to develop a manual that could be adopted for an eight-week program integrating bouldering and psychotherapeutic interventions for groups.

Said Luttenberger: “I’d always encourage patients to do the sport they like — may it be climbing or something else — as sport is a wonderful possibility to prevent all possible sorts of illnesses, mental and physical.”

Source: Sciencedaily.com

Climbing at The Boulder Cave

Climbing facility in Pretoria, a short history

The Boulder Cave was built with the goal of expanding the climbing community in Pretoria, by providing a high quality, high intensity bouldering training facility. The structure was designed to be both accessible to newcomers to the sport of bouldering, as well as seasoned climbing aficionados. Growing climbing in Pretoria is important for various reasons. Apart from the fact that bouldering is awesome, fun and rewarding, there are various schools of thought that believe climbing is beneficial to child development, physical rehabilitation and in combating disorders like ADHD. Our goal is to be a community center of sorts for the climbing community, where training, recreation, competition and socializing come together. We pride ourselves on being accessible, helpful and accommodating, but, if needs be, a motivating force. We’re always happy to drink a cup of coffee and discuss some beta with any climber who wants it. There’s even coaching available if said climber wants to take their bouldering to the next level.

The Boulder Cave has been operating since the 6th of July, 2016. It took four months to design and build, by a committed and hardworking team of ten. The walls contain 11 tons of steel, and 220 shutterply panels. (Some say we’re over-engineered!) which, in total led to 340m2 of wall space. The gym is divided into three sections, being the warm up, intermediate and advanced sections. Our problems are changed regularly, with a section being reset at least once a month, and problems being added to the other sections whenever there’s an opportunity.

Whether you’re an advanced climber looking to up your game, someone looking for a new way to exercise, or a parent looking for a great place to have a kids party, the Boulder Cave is what you’re looking for!

Building the cave a new climbing center in Pretoria
Building progress of The Boulder Cave in Pretoria


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Welcome to The Boulder Cave Blog, I will be giving regular updates on what’s happening at The Boulder Cave, if you haven’t already be sure to follow us on Intagram and Facebook(links at the bottom of the page).


Most recently we’ve had our first friendly boulder competition in May which was a huge success and we plan to do many more in the future(10 June 2017 is our next one, see our Facebook event), this was a great event for those who had never competed before and everyone seemed to have a good time.


I’m pretty new to the whole blog this and I’m not sure if anyone will read this but I will be posting at least once a week