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New Design coming

New Design coming

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.

New job

New job

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!

Swabian Alb climbing in this month’s Klettern Magazine issue

Swabian Alb climbing in this month’s Klettern Magazine issue

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!

New climbing gym Sportzentrum Ost in Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart)

New climbing gym Sportzentrum Ost in Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart)

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 details:

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.

Griffwerk Sportzentrum Ost Ludwigsburg photo

The address is:

Fuchshofstrasse 66
71638 Ludwigsburg