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Schwäbische Alb Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 12,000'
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Twelve main areas with over 100 crags, the strip of land making up the Schwäbische Alb a.k.a. Schwäbische Jura falls between Stuttgart and Ulm, Nördlingen and Mühlheim, 220 km from southwest to northeast. It is a low mountain range. Though there are some volcanic and quarzite sites, the SA is composed mostly of limestone, which formed the seabed during the Jurassic era. There are three layers of black jura, brown jura, and white jura, which has been bored by surface water to create a mesh of caves feeding the Danube. The limestone is so pure, that while it is solid, it is being warn away at a glacial rate by rainfall (5cm/year). The limestone is so pourous that in places the water of the Danube occasionally disappears. There is also a crater called the Nördlinger Ries that in 1960, two American scientists proved that it was caused by a meteorite impact. It is the larger of two craters in the area.
Blautal (Blue valley) near Blaubeuren is one of the main areas, and lies nearly in the center of the SA.

Getting There 

The crags lie mainly in the area between Stuttgart, Ulm, and Reutlingen.

Climbing Season

For the Germany area.

Weather station 11.9 miles from here

119 Total Climbing Routes

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Froshkonig 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Europe : Germany : ... : Wielandstein
Climb up the southwest corner of the wall of the tower. There are the 4 bolts, but with some of the bricks being polished out and others coming loose it can get run out. Side pull of the corner on the right and you'll get past the crux over the second bolt, then use some big reaches to finish off the last couple of moves and top out. You'll need a long runner to be able to set up a top rope from the anchor site at the top of the wall. View is rediculously good and you are storming a damn castle ...[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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By Chris Vredeveld
From: Stuttgart Germany
Mar 20, 2012
For anyone that gets on, I've got my hands on some german language guidebooks and I'm going to work on getting out to most of the areas in the Stuttgart region and get as much as I can updated here. Working right now straight out of the Spatzle and Seil guidebook by Ulrich and Harald Roker (ISBN# 978-3-938680-09-4)

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