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Crag Info: Wiesfels in the Uracher Alb

Crag Info: Wiesfels in the Uracher Alb

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Wiesfels is the idea crag for those new to the Swabian Jura (Schwaebische Alb). It has an easy approach, nearly 50 routes of all grades and you can walk off making life easy. It’s family friendly and a great place to do some grilling afterwards or even sleep in the field (no tents allowed). Its popularity means it can be busy on weekends and in good weather but if you’re able to climb 6s and 7s, you’ll still have plenty of options.

Wiesfels Overvew:

  • Routes: 45
  • Grades: Easy: 18 | Moderate: 25 | Hard: 4
  • Rock: Limestone
  • Approach: 15 minutes, car to crag on an even well maintained path
  • Guidebook: Uracher Alb
  • Family friendly: Yes! It’s a great spot for families.

Getting there & Approach:

Wiesfels is a pretty easy drive from Stuttgart towards Bad Urach, about 40 minutes on average. Head towards St. Johann and at the horse farm (Gestuetshof), take the next left and head towards the little tower and parking lot. From there, head straight into the woods. Start by following the sign for “Gruener Fels” – it’ll be about a 12 to 15 minute walk on a well maintained path. Gets a bit bumpy at the end (if you’ve got a stroller or cart) and ends in a big meadow. Wiesfels is on the left.

Wiesfels Routes & Grades:

The crag sports about 45 bolted climbs though some can benefit from gear. It doesn’t hurt to bring some nuts or a few cams if you’re going to climb anything about the really easy stuff.  The rock is all your typical Schwaebische Alb limestone which can be slick and chossy at times. But overall it’s a good crag that’s easy to walk to and with the option to walk off.

It’s a great family crag with the big meadow and it also boasts a long line of really short climbs for kids to learn. Nevertheless, there’s something for everyone with as many moderates (UIAA 6 to 7) as easy (UIAA 1-5). If you’re in the region, this is a good crag to hit at least once.

Popular Climbs:

  • Verscheidung – (UIAA 3+) An easy warm up dihedral route
  • Tellriss – (UIAA 7) Super cool crack that (sadly) has new bolts
  • Regenbogen – (UIAA 6) A double crack system with a really fun finish

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Crag Info: Dreiecksfels in Donautal

Crag Info: Dreiecksfels in Donautal

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Located near the town of Inzigkofen in the Upper Danube valley (Donautal in German), Dreiecksfels is easy to reach and conveniently located right next to Aussichtsfels. It offers a number of easy multipitch routes making it a good option for those not looking for the usual Donautal hard stuff to crush. It’s easy to do a few routes and then switch to the neighboring crag depending on what you want to climb and whether many other groups are in the area.

Dreieicksfels Climbing Overvew:

  • Height: 45 meters
  • Routes: ~15
  • Grades: 8 Easy | 8 Moderate | 1 Hard
  • Rock: Limestone
  • Distance from Stuttgart: 1hr 20min min
  • Approach: < 5 minutes (if you take the right way!)
  • Protection: Mostly newish bolts in good shape
  • Walk off: Yes or rappel
  • Guidebook: Kletterführer Donautal
  • Family friendly: Not really. Try neighboring Aussichtsfels instead.

Dreieicksfels: Getting there & Approach

From Stuttgart, head towards either Hausen im Tal or Signmaringen. Doesn’t make a huge difference which variation you choose in terms of driving time and distance.

From Sigmaringen, head towards Inzigkofen on the 313 and about 700 meters or so after the seemingly non-functional Bahnhof, there’s a large designated parking area on the right hand side (with signs alerting you to it about 200m in advance). Pull off there and park. The large crag right by the road is Aussichtsfels. Looking towards the woods (not the river), Dreiecksfels is the one on your right.

Coming from Hausen im Tal, it’s a ~10-15minute drive eastwards. The parking is easy to miss but if you do, you’ll see the old Inzkofen train station on your right where you can turn around and head right back. Note that even though you’ll see a little unpaved road between the official parking and the Inzigkofen Bahnhof, ignore it. The parking area is well signed and big. No way to mistake it.

Dreieicksfels Crag Details

Dreiecksfels (Triangle Crag) is another limestone crag in the Danube Valley sitting right near the river. It has several of two pitch climbs, in both easy and moderate grades making it a good general choice and great backup if more popular crags like Stuhlfels are busy.

It’s located next to a nice parking/pull off area making it hard to miss and easy to approach.

Popular Climbs:

  1. Neue Westwand (7+, 4+) – Hard first pitch and easy second. Fun route but requires cams and nuts
  2. Dreiecksriss  (4-, 5-) – Probably the most fun and climbed. This long crack climb starts at the end of hte crag and works its away along the crack wandering left.
  3. Tschako Trip (6, 5) – Super fun moderate with a fun finish. Old bolts though. Better supplement with gear!

Crag Pictures of Dreiecksfels

Hinterstein Bouldering: A Gem of Allgau

Hinterstein Bouldering: A Gem of Allgau

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For those living in southern Germany, bouldering can be hard to find. The only real options in the southwest are Odenwald and Allgau with some unofficial options near Calw. I recently managed to finally visit one of the largest ones in Allgau. One of the largest areas is made up of a huge boulder field on the slope of a mountain.

Hinterstein Bouldering Overvew:

  • Boulder Problems: ~700!!!
  • Grades: Good mix of easy, moderate and hard
  • Rock: Dolomite and marl
  • Approach: 15 minutes, car to crag on an even well maintained path
  • Landings: Pretty much all bad. Bring multiple, thick crashpads
  • Guidebook: Allgäu-Block: Bouldertopo Allgäu – Lechtal
  • Family friendly: Sort of. The approach can be done with a stroller even. But then it’s all scrambling. If you’ve got kids ~8 and older who you dont mind climbing around the talus, then it’s ok. Definitely out for smaller ones.

Where to stay

For Hinterstein, Sonthofen is the closest “large” town and a great base for seeing the area. The best bases for general allgau climbing and bouldering are Sonthofen and Oberstdorf. Immenstadt also makes a great choice and has many family-friendly activities too.

Hinterstein: Getting there & Approach

Point your GPS/Google Maps/Waze towards the tiny village of “Hinterstein” which is after Bad Hindelang. Drive directly through the village on the one main rode until you reach a “big” parking area with a public bus stop. You can’t drive further anyway =) Park here and don’t forget to pay. It’s about 4 EUR for the day.

Bouldering Field Details & Problems

There are approximately 700 different problems split across several fields. The main area, from the hiking trail up the talus slops is called Hauptfeld (main field) and split into the lower and upper fields. Moreover, the surrounding forest also contains several fields (Upper, middle and lower) with even more.

With far too many problems to list and the need for a bird’s eye view, I have to recommend just buying the book Allgäu-Block: Bouldertopo Allgäu – Lechtal. It’s available in German and has limited English translations in it, though extremely poorly translated. But the maps and grades speak for themselves.

Some more pictures and detail is available here (written by the book’s authors) but only in German.

Photos: Hinterstein Bouldering