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Founder and Owner

Tiaan Bouwer

Tiaan's dream has always been to own his own climbing gym. Late 2017 he made his dream a reality by opening up Rock Valley Climbing.

Having dedicated most of his life to professional sports, Tiaan began sharing his passion, skills, and expertise with young climbers at the RVC Club as the Head Coach in early 2018. Since then, the coaching club has seen a steady increase in participants each year. Tiaan enjoys engaging with all the climbers at the gym and takes pride in coaching six Protea athletes, two of which has been selected to represent SA at the Youth Worlds in China later this year. Apart from coaching, Tiaan juggles various roles, including being a husband to Carmen, a father to three girls, and the head setter at RVC.

In July 2023, Tiaan participated and successfully completed the International Advanced Route Setters Course conducted by the Western Cape Climbing Province. The course was led by international route setters Nat Atari, Jan, and Marco Jubes.

In addition to his coaching and route-setting duties, Tiaan also designs and manufactures Rock Valley's own fiber climbing holds. These holds were showcased at the recent 2023 IFSC Africa Continental Qualifier event held at Loftus, Pretoria, where Tiaan was one of the six route setters.

The next time you see him, don't hesitate to greet him and join in for a climbing session!


Carmen Bouwer

Carmen is wife to Tiaan, mother to their three girls and assistant coach at Rock Valley Climbing.

Her background in dance and fitness, combined with her love for coaching young climbers at Rock Valley Climbing Club, showcases Carmen's dedication. She enthusiastically observes the growth and transformation of young climbers into strong and confident individuals. Serving as the Secretary on the Provincial board for two years, she was also appointed as Assistant Manager to the 2022 Youth World Team, leading them to Dallas, Texas. Carmen continued her role in 2023, managing the 2023 Youth World Team on a successful trip to Seoul, South Korea. Carmen expresses gratitude for her involvement at an executive level in climbing and witnessing the progress of Protea athletes. Recently achieving her Masters Coach designation with SACSA, Carmen aims to establish a sport climbing coaching standard throughout South Africa.