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A Fall Day in the Black Forest – Climbing in Kentheim Again

A Fall Day in the Black Forest – Climbing in Kentheim Again

The climbing meetup in Stuttgart that I organize spent the morning in Kentheim, climbing some fabulous weathered sandstone. The friction is fantastic and it’s full of really nice pockets from single finger to whole hands.

At 20 meters high, it provides plenty of fun and higher than any gym around. The morning was incredibly foggy and getting there at 8am meant it took about two hours to clear and for the sun to finally warm things up. From then on it was a gorgeous Fall day.  Learn more about climbing in Kentheim here.


Crag Info: Kentheim – Climbing in Nagoldtal near Calw

Crag Info: Kentheim – Climbing in Nagoldtal near Calw

Updated: 21 Oct. 2018

Located just south of Calw in a neighborhood of the same name, Kentheim is a popular sandstone crag with an easy approach. With beautiful Black Forest spruce trees all around, plenty of morning sun and good sandstone with lots of nice pockets and a few cool cracks, this place can get busy with locals. Moreover, it’s just a few minute drive from several other crags making it easy do some Kentheim climbing and then try other places.

Kentheim Climbing Overvew:

  • Height:  20 meters
  • Routes: 27 (Easy: 8 | Moderate: 15 | Hard: 4)
  • Grades: Good mix of easy and moderate, a few hard ones
  • Rock: Weathered sandstone
  • Distance from Stuttgart: 45 min
  • Approach: <5 minutes, car to crag
  • Protection: Mostly newish bolts in good shape
  • Walk off: No
  • Guidebook: Kletterführer Schwarzwald Nord
  • Family friendly: Yes! Flat, easy approach and base area

Kentheim: Getting there & Approach

Head to Calw from wherever you are and take the B63 south to the area of town called Kentheim. It’s just a minute or two south of the center. Right before the obvious railroad bridge, use the parking lot on the right. Get out and walk past the railroad bridge towards the first street on your right, Roetelbachweg.

Instead of taking that street, go uphill to your right through the grass in the direction of parking/the bridge. It’s 2 or 3 minutes from there and only slightly uphill. The base of the crag is totally flat.

Crag Details

Made of weathered sandstone, the rock is good as is the friction. If you’ve climbed at Klettergarten Stetten, it’s the same black high quality sandstone there. There are lots of nice little pockets throughout the wall but whatever you choose, it’s slab climbing all the way with a few nice cracks sprinkled throughout, particularly the left side.

Cams, nuts and even hexes can be useful on about 1/3 of the routes, but everything is bolted. Many of the first bolts are fairly high though (though typically with easy starts).

The base of the crag is flat so good for kids but the plants (Brennsessel) around aren’t to be played in. They’ll sting you so avoid them.

The crag gets late morning sun which can be great in winter and brutal in summer. By the afternoon it’s shady again so choose your time based on the time of year. For spring and summer, I’d recommend arriving around 8am and leaving around noon or alternatively late afternoon to dusk. In the cooler months, get there late morning around 9 or 10am.

If slab climbing in Kentheim isn’t your thing, do a few easy routes and head on over to nearby Oelaenderle or Fuchsklinge which are just a few minutes drive away.

Popular Climbs in Kentheim

  • Riss (6-) – A fun climb starting on a sweet hand crack. You have to place gear the first 1/3 of the route and then its bolted
  • Kentheimer Kante (4+) – A nice easy slab climb up the main central arete. It’s easy if you go the right way
  • Linker Plattenweg (5-) – Easy slab climbing with lots of super pockets to use
  • Canditus (6+) – On the very far left around the corner, the big crack in the dihedral.

Pictures: Climbing in Kentheim