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.
Stuttgart Climbing Meetups:
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After commuting 80km to work each way, I’ve landed and now started a new job in Stuttgart. Please bear with me as posting frequency takes a hit!
The latest issue of Klettern magazine features a section on the Schwäbische Alb, or Swabian Alb/Jura. So if you live in the region or are planning to be around, do pick up a copy and take a look. It says the “Topfelsen” i.e. top crags so I’ll be interested to see what they are.
I don’t have a copy as my subscription expired but if you do, take a look!
I’m always excited about new climbing opportunities in my area and now there is another: the Griffwerk Sportzentrum Ost in Ludwigsburg (facebook).
From the Stuttgarter Nachrichten (in German):
Ludwigsburg – Die Gaststätte und der Pool sind zwar noch nicht fertig, aber das wird die Kletterfans kaum schrecken: Am nächsten Wochenende öffnet die neue Kletterhalle an der Ludwigsburger Fuchshofstraße: am Samstag nur für Vereinsmitglieder und am Sonntag, 22. Januar, von 11 bis 18 Uhr erstmals für alle. „Wir wollen den Leuten endlich zeigen, was da entstanden ist, auch wenn wir die Halle offiziell erst im Frühjahr einweihen“, sagt Hans-Peter Schmitt, der das Bauprojekt für die Wolfgang-Reisser-Stiftung betreut hat. Beim bloßen Zeigen wird es aber nicht bleiben, mit dem Sonntag beginnt auch der normale Kletterbetrieb.
If you can’t read German, the highlights are that this new gym ranks second in the area for size, but is clearly the best equipped in the Stuttgart area.
The new Sportzentrum Ost offers 2,600 m² of climbing area, 2,100 m² indoors and 500 m² outdoors. It includes a small restaurant, swimming pool, outdoor climbing area, yoga studio and gym. In contrast to the United States, climbing gyms usually do NOT have yoga or exercise equipment in Germany. That makes this unusual and a welcome addition to Stuttgart.
For parents, according to their website, they even offer childcare though no further details are available at time of writing. As a parent in the US, I found regular gyms often offered childcare while climbing gyms did not. In Germany it does not appear to be common, mostly because climbing gyms are rather non-profit and DAV run instead of pure businesses trying to compete.
Here’s a mock-up from their website, which is still under construction.
The address is: