Here is a list of upcoming climbing competitions in southwestern Germany for those interested. They are usually low key affairs and fun to watch as a climber, or even with the family. The events are listed below and all take place at the respective DAV gym in each city. You may want to think twice before watching kids climbing comps though, they tend to put us adults to shame =)
04 March 2018 – Bouldering competition in Tuebingen.[
05 May 2018 – Bouldering competition in Stuttgart (at Waldau)
09 June 2018 – Lead climbing, Offenburg
15-16 Sept. 2018 – Lead & Speed competitions in Heilbronn
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.
First up on Sunday May 14th, there’s a DAV sponsored event in Leonberg that includes climbing, demonstrations and more, plus food and drinks of course. It’s family friendly and worth visiting for both a nice day and to get to know other climbers. Click the image for more details.
Second up, for anyone with kids, there’s a youth “talent scouting” event on Friday July 21st at 16:00. The ages listed are from 5 to 8 and they must “train” regularly during the week and enjoy climbing. Click the image for more details.
There’s a Better Belaying Workshop in Stuttgart on Tuesday March 21st and Saturday April 1st. The gym has a one-of-a-kind belay simulator that consists of a vertically oriented rail. A dummy climber is lifted up and dropped. The height and amount of slack are adjustable. The workshop costs 25 EUR and helps people gain experience catching falls in TR, lead and lead when falling before making a clip. They also have multiple belay devices for climbers to try out. Feedback is given on technique, movement and so forth. The class is outdoors and 2.5 hours and I think something everyone could benefit from. See photo of flyer for details.
I saw this flyer for the Erlebnis Outdoor Messe on my way out of the gym yesterday. As you’ll see, the convention took place this past weekend making this slightly late, but it’s something to add to your calendars for next year and best of all, it’s free!
I’m posting this both as news and for cultural purposes. Compared to its counterparts abroad like the American Alpine Club, the German DAV is more widespread, well organized and advanced/omnipresent. An example is this upcoming youth event in Radolfzell, on the western end of Lake Constance (Bodensee). It is an overnight bouldering competition followed by a party sponsored by the Jugend DAV (Youth DAV). With a huge number of youth climbing groups, teams and competition, this is nothing unusual.
Youth Climbing Culture in the US vs Germany
I’m not familiar with equivalent organizations or events in the US. But that may be because I grew up in a flat part of the country, a good 5 hour drive from anything that could pass as a mountain. In America, sports like football, basketball and baseball are firmly anchored in society and offer many teams and events for young people. But America’s much broader geography means climbing isn’t a standard sport. Just as one wouldn’t think twice about a little league team, the same goes in Germany for youth climbing.
My impression of Germany is that far more people have at least tried climbing as a child and/or are familiar with it. Being a smaller country with many mountains and climbing opportunities nearby, climbing occupies a higher rank among country’s standard sports than in the United States. It’s comparable to Colorado where geography has similarly led to it having a disproportionately greater cultural impact than other activities.
Radolfzell Bouldering Night & Party
So, on the off chance you’re a “youth” and looking to boulder, here’s the ad from my gym. Entrance starts at 18:00 on March 11th 2017. Cost is 15 EUR which includes entrance, food and sleepover)
Here’s a quick overview of various climbing events in Germany taking place throughout this year. Some are one time only while others are recurring. This is just a small selection and I’ll continue to post any I come across.