Free climbing in Saxon Switzerland

The free climbing on the sandstone rocks where you only may use retaining rings which have been routed by the first climber. It has its seeds in Saxon Switzerland and is subject to strict climbing ethics. Modern securing means made of metal (climbing wedge, friends and others) are forbidden and additional securing is only possible by using traditional knotted curds. Climbing is also forbidden during rain and up to 24 hours after rain on massifs and in the area of the softer sandstone.

The Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe Sandstone Mountains) is one of the oldest climbing areas at all. Already in 1870 gymnasts of Schandau climbed on the Falkenstein and this is meant to be the climbing hour of birth in the Elbsandsteingebirge. The Elbsandsteingebirge is a must for all lovers of the sandstone climbers and the pleasure in a gorgeous climbing landscape. There are over 1100 free-standing sandstone towers with about 15000 climbing trails in all severities in Saxon Switzerland.

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