With the weather at high of 22C today, we headed for our favorite family crag: Klettergarten Stetten. This time, I invited a friend and his family who’d recently bought a car and were now able to join. They jumped on the offer and off we went.
Stetten is our usual first choice for family climbing, followed by Wiesfels southeast of Stuttgart. It offers easy UIAA 3 climbs, easy top rope setup and is only 8 meters high. Plus, the sandstone is to die for. I only wish the Schwaebische Alb had such great rock quality.
Kids Climbing Gear
For anyone with kids, I highly recommend picking up Petzl’s Macchu kids climbing harness along with the separate chest harness. More cautious kids can always optionally use the chest version but since they’re not connected, they can grow right into a standard waist harness without you having to get a new one.
The Perils of Finding Saengerheim and the Klettergarten!
Unfortunately, getting there isn’t always easy since you end up driving uphill through the vineyards on roads where it looks like you shouldn’t. The signage is also poor and I made sure to stop and send him pics at several turns. Unfortunately, he fell for the “GPS told me so” trap and decided to park elsewhere. So over an hour later, they finally showed up after some wrong turns in the woods with toddlers in tow and picnic gear.
For good instructions, albeit minus the pics and of course all necessary topo, pick up a copy of the guidebook for Stetten, Stuttgart Rockt!