The best climbing time is approaching: the grip is good, the temperatures are not too hot, the colorful forests shine in the shallow sunlight - and far below us the sea of ​​fog opens up. In cooperation with Bächli Bergsport we present our tips for unforgettable climbing days in autumn.

Elsigen: Vis-à-vis the Niesen chain

The west-facing limestone rock above Elsigalp has a long tradition. In 1983, when sport climbing was still in its infancy, the first routes were drilled here. The degrees of difficulty in the solid limestone rock are mostly medium to high. Advanced climbers have a lot to do here, while beginners are more likely to be thrown into the deep end. Due to the western orientation, the rock is still in the shade in the morning, but then gains more and more sun during the day.

Advanced climbers have a lot to do at Elsigen, while beginners are more likely to be thrown into the deep end.
Advanced climbers have a lot to do at Elsigen, while beginners are more likely to be thrown into the deep end.
  • Exhibition: West
  • Altitude: 1770 m above sea level M.
  • Approach: Via Elsigalp (cable car), then 30 minutes on foot
  • Topos: Filidor Extrem West, SAC Bernese Oberland
  • Trouble: 5b-8b
The light down jacket is a must for autumn climbing. Once the sun is gone, it gets cold quickly.
The light down jacket must not be missing when climbing in autumn.
Once the sun is gone, it gets cold quickly.

Orvin: The Jura bijoux

At 1000 m above sea level M. Orvin is not necessarily a safe value to lie permanently above the sea of ​​fog. But just above it is also the most beautiful. The Roches d'Orvin on the sunny Jura range offers a total of 15 sectors. Accordingly, every climber will find something here: There are simpler slabs and vertical to overhanging walls. Typically for the Jura, the rock is not always completely solid, so wearing a helmet is recommended. Climbing here is also good on mild winter days.

The structured limestone cliffs of Orvin are a wonderful escape from the sea of ​​fog. (Image: edition filidor)
The structured limestone cliffs of Orvin are a wonderful escape from the sea of ​​fog. (Image: edition filidor)
  • Exposure: south
  • Altitude: 1000 m above sea level M.
  • Approach: From Orvin on foot approx. 30 min.
  • Topos: Filidor Plaisir Jura, SAC Bernese Jura
  • Trouble: 5c-7c
The We Care Classic 9.5 rope from Mammut: as colorful as an autumn forest. The rope is made from scraps of yarn. That is why each series has a different color.
The We Care Classic 9.5 rope by Mammut: as colorful as an autumn forest. The rope is made from scraps of yarn. That is why each series has a different color.

Fallenflue: The pearl in central Switzerland

On the map, the V-shaped rock bar high above the Muota valley looks like a ship's bow. Access is from above, so that you stand on narrow bands in the middle of the wall when you start climbing. This results in an exposure that is otherwise only known from multi-pitch climbing. When the fog moves in far below, the feeling of freedom is at its maximum. The Fallenflue offers a variety of sectors with different orientations. Lucas Iten almost single-handedly set up around 200 routes here.

Climbing on the Fallenflue. (Image: Lucas Iten)
Climbing on the Fallenflue. (Image: Lucas Iten)
  • Exposure: Northwest and south
  • Altitude: 1200 m above sea level M.
  • Approach: From the high plateau Fallenfluewald descend into the wall, approx. 40 minutes.
  • Topos: Topoverlag Fallenflue
  • Trouble: 5b-8b
Autumn is the time of bright brown tones. The climbing harness Black Diamond Zone fulfills every dress code over the sea of ​​fog.

Äscher: Solitude not far from the hustle and bustle

If you arrive here on a sunny day, don't be frightened! Yes, the parking lot is well filled ... The region is considered a hiking paradise and the cozy Gasthaus Äscher, built against the rocks, has long gone viral on social media. Nevertheless, you can also find solitary seclusion here. Once at the rock, the climbers are among themselves. Thanks to the cable car, the ascent is shortened quite comfortably. Depending on the sector, you are on the road for 10 minutes to half an hour - and you are already out of the hustle and bustle. Only the cowbells still ring from afar. The choice is huge, especially for climbers with a level of 6c to 7b. You can even climb here in winter.

With the cable car and a short walk you are in no time at the rocks of the Aescher. (Image: edition filidor)
With the cable car and a short walk you are in no time at the rocks of the Aescher. (Image: edition filidor)
  • Exposure: south
  • Altitude: 1500 m above sea level M.
  • Approach: by cable car to Ebenalp, then 10 to 30 minutes on foot
  • Topos: Filidor Plaisir Ost, Extrem Ost, SAC Leader Alpstein
  • Trouble: 5b to 7c
Lightly dressed - also on the feet - it goes to the sunny rocks. With the TX Guide Leather from La Sportiva you are quickly above the fog.

Üschene: High above the Kandertal

Finally, something for multi-pitch fans. The limestone bar above the lonely Üschenental awaits with a multitude of sunny multi-pitch lengths with a fantastic backdrop of the Bernese snow peaks from Altels via Doldenhorn to Blüemlisalp. From 4a to 6b there is most of them here, and climbing history also took place here in the 70s - in 1978, Jürg von Känel climbed two routes with the Nutcracker and Vector in the just opened 7th grade. In 1988, further milestones were added with Fusion (8a) and Bschüttigütti (8a +). Today Üschene is especially popular with those who move in the lower levels of difficulty up to 6a. In the family route sector you will find splendid water-eaten slabs. The Graue Wand sector is also popular.

With the Bernese three-thousanders behind you on warm rocks - that's Üschene. (Image: edition filidor)
With the Bernese three-thousanders behind you on warm rocks - that's Üschene. (Image: edition filidor)
  • Exposure: Southeast
  • Altitude: 1900 m above sea level M.
  • Approach: With the cable car to Allmenalp, then 1 hour on foot
  • Topos: Filidor Plaisir West, Extrem West, climbing guide Bernese Oberland North
  • Trouble: 4a to 8a +

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Credits: Edition Filidor (cover picture)

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