The most popular hotspots for rock climbing in Bavaria
Most people associate climbing with an indoor sport. But if you’re looking for more adrenaline, go outside to the rocks. In this article, we’ll tell you where you can finde the best spots for rock climbing.
Climbing gyms are now a dime a dozen. Beginners in particular can gain their first experience there and become friends with the height. Experienced climbers, on the other hand, tend to be drawn outside to the rocks. The Bavarian foothills of the Alps are a particularly popular destination. In this article we present three places where you can climb well on the rocks.
A small place near Kochel, which is very well known in the climbing scene. Beginners who are on the rock for the first time will get their money’s worth here, because the entrance is also kept short and simple. The climbing area consists of a former sandstone quarry and is characterized by slab and friction climbing, which is why the difficulty level is in the low sector. Even the steeper walls in the upper part are beginner-friendly.
If you want peace and quiet while climbing, try to make the trip to Bad Heilbrunn during the week. On weekends, especially in summer, the area is a bit more crowded, so you won’t necessarily have the peace and quiet you need.
From Munich it is about one hour by car to Bad Heilbrunn.
Near Rosenheim, in Flintsbach, there is a larger climbing area that offers suitable routes for every level of difficulty. The easiest routes are in the 5 and 6 range and allow beginners to move their skills from the hall to the outdoors and gain their first experience there.
Advanced climbers will find themselves on the rocks named “Quarry” and “Cow Meadow”. The quarry routes roughly reflect the level in the 6 and 7 range. More challenging, on the other hand, is the “Kuhwiese”. Some of the routes consist of overhanging walls and are designated as 8. Only the “Nightwisch” tops this with a level of 10.
Ideal climbing spots can be found not only on the edge of the Alps. Franconian Switzerland also has a lot to offer. The Trubach valley has an approximate length of 20 kilometers and thus offers the best climbing variety.
For climbing fans, the areas of Obertrubach and Egloffstein should be particularly well known. The area, consisting of particularly solid Jurassic limestone, enjoyed a high reputation especially in the 80s and mark a piece of history in sport climbing. In addition to well-known rocks such as the Dachlwand, the Richard-Wagner-Fells or Stone Love, the cult sport climbing area Grüne Hölle is also not far away.
Particularly experienced climbers reach their limits in the lower Trubach Valley. The rocks there have an alpine character and are also designed for expertise in terms of belaying. In the 60s and 70s, the Egloffstein Gemsenwand in particular served as an area for training sessions of alpine guides.
As you can see, there are one or two rock climbing opportunities throughout the state. If you’re not that experienced, you should definitely take experienced companions with you to avoid any potential for injury. In general, safety is the number one priority.
If you want to start climbing, you can check the website of the German Alpine Club for opportunities to get started. In the first beginner courses you learn something like belaying and first techniques.
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