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Aug 21, 2009
|There is a toll for the road from Stöckalp, and it's 12 Franken. IMO, if you're going to Swizzyland for single pitch climbing, you're nuts!|
By Dan Flynn
Jul 17, 2011
Toll is 7 chf to drive up and park at Melchsee-Frutt, but we couldn't find out how to pay it... camping is possible at several sites on the drive up.
Sure, don't come to Switzerland for the single-pitch climbing, but it sure is fun if you're already here!
Note the grades on the route name placards are UIAA/German, which takes some mental gymnastics...
By Colin Winter
Dec 7, 2011
|Toll (in 2011, gets adjusted every year or two) is CHF 12, but this is only collected during the tourist season - if nobody is standing at the base or the top to collect, you've got nothing to worry about.|
From: San Francisco, CA
Oct 31, 2016
Now in 2016, there are automated toll gates regulating the flow of traffic up (but not down). On the way down, there's a digital sign/stop light telling you when you can go down. I think you have to insert your toll ticket into some sort of pay machine at the top. because when we got done and ready to leave, we couldn't get the gate open again at the bottom. We didn't know you had to pay/get the ticket validated. But it's October and the ski resort was basically empty/closed.
The crag itself is huge and has about 150 climbs—all marked with metal placards. But based on the routes available here on MP, we didn't realize just how big this place is.
To get to the crag, park your car and then walk along the north side of the lake on the paved road. Go along the lake until you pass the giant, standalone elevator. Just past this point, you'll see some large signs with climbing info on it and the path that leads up to the base of the crag on the left. Don't do what we did and hike up toward the top of Bonistock. We asked someone where Bonistock was and they sent us on a wild goose chase lol. Wasted about 45 minutes before we realized our error. The approach is literally 5-10 minutes from the parking area. Just head toward the lake.
The crag is broken down into 7 zones. Each zone has 10-15 routes.
It's such a beautiful place to climb. Definitely worth the trip if you're in the area. And worth it as a destination in and of itself if you want to also do some 600-foot multi-pitch nearby as well (Chelesen).
Here's a link to a breakdown of the entire crag: melchsee-frutt.com/files/swiss...