Become a rock climbing master in one of the best rock climbing destinations across the globe! Journey with True Nature and Paul Robinson to South Africa for a week of climbing, adventure, and exploration.
South Africa is famous for its incredible rocks and has some of the best climbing routes in the world. Paul has ventured there 8 times over the past decade and can’t wait to share his 9th trip with you! This trip will encompass all the fun and excitement that comes from a climbing adventure. We will hike, climb, and see parts of South Africa that normal tourists never get the chance to explore.
This 7-night retreat will be action-packed. Paul will teach you everything you need to know to start your climbing off right. From beginner techniques to accessing the more challenging boulders, Paul will cover it all. This retreat is open to all levels! Whether you have never climbed before or are a seasoned veteran, this retreat is the perfect opportunity to improve your climbing skills. Join us for this journey of a lifetime!!
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 2 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
- Climbing Instruction from Paul Robinson
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- Transportation to and from the Climbing Areas
- Permits for Climbing Areas
- Crash Pads
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
Situated on the edge of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, this retreat will take place in a charming family-owned farmhouse surrounded by untouched wilderness. Minutes from one of the world’s greatest bouldering sites, this region is famous for its ruggedly beautiful landscapes and unique rock formations. Stay in a stunning villa with vineyards, hiking trails, and a pool all in your backyard. This Family Farm in South Africa is a truly unique experience and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the relaxed country-side lifestyle. During your stay, make sure to taste the homemade red wine, virgin olive oil, olives, and Rooibos tea! This family-run farm is the perfect way to experience the true South Africa and see a side of the country most tourists will never get to experience.
Growing up in New Jersey, it became quite apparent that becoming a professional rock climber was going to be quite difficult for Paul. However, he never gave up on his aspirations and with the help of family and friends he has gotten to the place he is today.
Paul began rock climbing at a small climbing gym in Southern New Jersey called Vertical Reality. In the beginning, Paul was merely the scrawny little boy who came into the gym with his father on a daily basis, having the time of his life climbing on plastic holds on a twenty foot top rope wall. As time went on, he began competing in indoor rope climbing competitions. Paul did this circuit for about three years and never felt truly successful. Feeling discouraged, he moved on from rope climbing to the newest form of indoor climbing, which would soon become the most popular: bouldering.
Through bouldering, Paul finally felt as if he had found his place in the climbing world. He began to travel the world in search of the most amazing climbs and competed in national and international competitions. As senior year of high school came and went it was obvious that the next step was college and where other than the climbing capital of the country, Boulder, Colorado.
Since then, Paul has graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Bachelors in Studio Arts and Art History. He has continued to travel the world in search of the best untouched rock and is currently stationed back in Boulder, Colorado. When Paul is not climbing, you will find him surfing (if there is even a hint of a wave anywhere, he finds it and surfs it), skateboarding, or working on his newest video project.
Cederberg Wilderness Area is a World Heritage site, home to shockingly gorgeous scenery, and the perfect place for your rock climbing adventure. In addition to your rock climbing excursions, which are included in the retreat, there will be many opportunities to explore South Africa and learn what makes it such a beloved destination by travelers around the world. Some of the tours and activities that will be available during your retreat include:
- Hike to a local village and return via donkey-cart
- Take the Rock Art Trail and visit the famous bushman painting sites
- Tour of the Rooibos tea factory
- Wine, olive oil, and olive tasting
- Hike to a nearby waterfall
*Cost of tours and activities not included in the retreat tuition
Paying your initial deposit of $350 will lock in your tuition rate and hold your space for the trip. A one-time $35 Service and Administration Fee will be added to the tuition rate.
For technical questions or alternative payment options, please contact us.
You will flying in and out of the Cape Town International Airport (CPT). Before booking tickets, please be sure you have received your official confirmation note that the retreat has met its minimums. There will be one group airport shuttle each way based on our flight window guidelines. Be sure your flights align with the provided flight windows if you wish to use the group shuttle.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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