Despite the lack of updates recently, the blog is still alive. With sub-freezing temperatures and snow the last several days, the climbing season here in Germany is sadly over. Perhaps those in Allgau and near the Alps can now enjoy ice but here in Stuttgart, it’s rock or nothing. I continue to go to Waldau weekly and have recently changed up my gym routine during lunch breaks to more bodyweight and core stuff hoping to make real progress over my long standing 5×5 workout.
After a long break from climbing and exercise, the perfect circumstances materialized and I had a full day off to climb. The confluence of perfect fall weather, dry conditions, a friend willing to drive and my family schedule meant one thing: Donautal!
We met in Vaihingen at 07:30 and started off on the 1.5 hr trip armed with coffee and brezeln. We arrived at Aussichtsfels and were the second group there. The weather was still cool as the sun wasn’t yet high enough to hit the valley yet. It was the typical problem of being cold now and perfect later, or warm now and then too hot later.
The route we’d wanted to warm up on was occupied so we headed for Baumlesweg, another easy two pitch route. Despite the very polished start, it turned out to be a fun route. The belay was a bit cramped but offered wonderful views. We topped out and since we didn’t have a 70m rope, hiked back down to the base. We stowed our jackets in the car and grabbed snacks and water. The advantage of parking 30 seconds walk from the base can’t be understated. It’s the best I’ve found anywhere over here.
After our short break, we headed back by which time several more groups had appeared. Luckily, Adolf-Niklas-Gedanken-Weg was clear and we headed up. It features a huge crack/dihedral combo and the first pitch is nearly 50 meters long. The first pitch is a lot of fun although just before the belay, the last two meters or so are super polished suddenly and very slippery. The rest of it features plenty of fun stemming and easy climbing. The belay is roomy and with excellent views of the river valley. The second pitch traverses upwards and left for 2/3’s of the way making it easy to get lost or take the wrong route. Luckily, my friend who led found the way the first time.
Next time you’re in Donautal and especially when Stuhlfels is busy, head on down to Aussichtsfels.
Dont want to count my chickens before they hatch but I should be in Donautal tomorrow and doing some mulitpitch at Aussichtsfels finally! A friend offered and the weather should be good so here’s hoping for some last minute luck.
After a very long, unwelcome break in both exercise and climbing, I am finally back in the game and went to both the regular gym and climbing gym this week. I’ll ease back into things and hope to be able to post new information and photos in the coming weeks once I make it back out to the crag.
So after nearly 3 weeks with pneumonia, I had my first week back at work. While I’m feeling better, though still at reduced energy, I’m on the road to recovery. The sad news is per doctor’s orders I can’t do any exercise, sports or climbing until early Oct. I’m hoping to organize a trip to Donautal sometime then after a few gym sessions to see where I’m at. This long climbing break is terrible, but perhaps at least good for a few finger tendons.
I’ve been sick for over a week now and after chest xrays, have found out it’s pneumonia. So my climbing life is ruined for now unfortunately. I hope to organize a group trip to Donautal in the Fall and/or Battert. We’ll see how long it takes to get well and then to get my strength and energy back. Just walking around for 5 minutes wears me out right now. I guess it’s better than an injury at least.
A friend of mine and fellow expat recently told me she’d created a Meetup group for women who like to climb. It also reminded me to follow through on the same idea which I’d let slip after moving. It’ll take a while to get mine going, particularly as I also organize a board game night for English speaking expats too. Below are the links for anyone thinking of joining.
Need a quick nearby crag that I hadn’t visited, or hadn’t seen all of, I went to Neuffener Parkplatzfelsen with a friend today for the second time and was able to hit all 3 crags that are part of it. Thus, I’ve gone back and updated my original report as well as added new photos.
For those not using RSS, I’ll be slowing redesigning the site, moving to a static front page and having the blog in its own section. It won’t be all done at once but if you’re mainly interested in the blog for crag info, it won’t affect you. So forgive the untidy appearance.