Deep Water Soloing in the Tradouws Pass
This past summer, whilst driving from Montagu to Plettenberg Bay, we stopped off in the Tradrouws Pass near Barrydale to stretch our legs and look down onto the river/canyon. We saw what looked like an amazing piece of rock coming straight out of the river, that look perfect for Deep Water Soloing!
A few weeks later we returned with a soggy inflatable raft, an ornamental paddle, a boogie board, 6 meters of nylon washing line and a 5l water container filled with rocks – the “depth charger.”
We accessed the river bank at the obvious easy spot (park under the Oak Tree or 300 meters up the road from it) about 500 meters up stream from DWS spot. and then waded & paddled through the pools till we reach a large obviously deep pool. This is where we started test the depth of water beneath the cliff. At the deepest point we were unable to touch bottom with at least 5 meters of rope dangling beneath. It would still not be advisable to slip off whilst climbing, as you could hurt yourself pretty badly. We also paddled around the corner to the big wall that we had initially seen from above. The water was not as deep as in the big pool, but still around 3 meters deep. See photo below of Justin climbing the open book crack.
Map of Tradouws DWS