For boulderers in the Stuttgart region, pickins are slim. So it’s Renningen bouldering to the rescue! If you are looking for, or rather willing to settle for, something local and man-made, then this is your best (and only) bet. Steinbruch means quarry and thus this is another local sandstone quarry. It consists of two long walls filled with cracks and pockets (some natural, some not). Sounds enticing right? If you’re nearby, however, it is a great place to practice finger and forearm strength and endurance. It may not be as technically interesting or varied, but it is quite well suited to training and it’s outside.
There are only two official-ish problems, which are a lower and upper traverse of the wall (which features wall-length horizontal cracks). Otherwise, you’re free to do whatever you want. Most people just do laps on the traverses which will destroy your forearms. The climbing area is located in the parking lot of the Naturtheater Renningen, which means if you have children, it’s a good destination to combine with a little climbing.
If you want to find this in a guidebook, though there’s not much more than in this post, you can get Stuttgart Rockt! here.
The quarry doesn’t have an address per se, so the theater’s address is best:
Am Längenbühl, 71272 Renningen, Germany
Nowadays, we’ll assume you can (mostly) get there via Google Maps/GPS. Note that at the very end, you may hesitate as you’ll be pulling off into the woods and following a dirt road a short ways (which isn’t as usual in Germany). There will be signs for a Schutzenverein (shooting club) and then you’ll pass the sign (below), signalling you’ve arrived. Park where ever, but try not to block the wall. Importantly, the sign notes parking is ONLY for visitors to the theaters during the times listed here:
- Tuesdays as of 13:00
- Wednesdays as of 13:00
- Fridays as of 18:00
- Saturdays as of 18:00
- Sundays as of 13:00
Perhaps the best use of this small area is for hanging out with family or friends. As you can see from the photos below, it’s a great place to drive up, unpack a blanket and grill and drink a few beers with friends while training on the walls. The area is entirely flat and has virtually no traffic or other dangers for children. In summer, you’ll find little “grill parties” of locals who show up after work to chill and boulder a bit before heading home.
Klettergarten Stetten Gallery
You can also visit this area at Mountain Project, where I’ve added the same information and photos as well.