In Basel you can not just celebrate carnival, go swimming in the Rhine, in the Zolli (the Basel Zoo) or live through the museum night. No, even climbers will get their money's worth in Basel and the surrounding area. Here is a selection of climbing spots in easy to medium difficulty.
A contribution by Hannes Ebding - Bächli Bergsport
With an impressive 300 days of sunshine a year, you could think that Basel is in Tuscany. It doesn't work, but it doesn't matter either. Located in the border triangle between Switzerland, Germany and France, the city has a lot to offer and is an ideal starting point for climbing tours.
Pelzli - exposed climbing in the 6th level of difficulty
Thumbs up for the Pelzli! In the truest sense of the word: the “Big Thumb” can be climbed exposed in the 6th degree of difficulty. But that is only one of a total of six limestone sectors. The sectors are located in an enchanted landscape with grottos, caves and blocks. There is a new look around every corner and there is a lot to discover. The easier routes are a bit greasy and worn, which shouldn't bother you in view of the selection, possibilities and atmosphere. Regardless of whether it is a crack, wall, intersection or chimney - there is something for everyone. It is definitely worth a visit.
Schauenburger Fluh - Sinter, handles, holes, pliers and slopers
So close yet so far. If you turn around while climbing in the Schauenburgerfluh, you will see the Alps when visibility is good - which inevitably makes every climbing heart beat faster. And it was probably the same with the Romans, because on the top of the Fluh they built a temple, which with its view is not only popular with climbers. But wandered enough into the distance. Back to the topic: climbing! Yes, you can do that here. And how! Wall height: sporty 35 m. Rock: limestone. And what a! The sintered structures offer handles, holes, pincer handles and slippery slopers. Variety is the order of the day. You should definitely “attack” the “Angenstein intersection” and the “stalactite crack”.
Schartenfluh (Gempen) - technical climbing in compact rock
If you let your gaze wander in Basel, you will see the limestone walls of the Schartenfluh in the distance. And if you are still a climber, you will hardly be able to escape the spell and will soon attract your finches to the compact rock with holes and hourglasses. On the Sandührliwand you can enjoy technically beautiful hole climbing all year round. And if you have exhausted yourself, you will find a nice restaurant with a great view over Basel directly above the climbing area. And there is an even better view for one franc from the Gempenturm. And as if that weren't more than enough great reasons to hitchhike to hitchhike, it should be mentioned that a highline can be set up with a telescope not far from the viewing platform (bolts available). Just be careful: the restaurant owner doesn't understand jokes - so it's better to park a bit in front of the restaurant along the street.
Todtnau (swimming pool rock) - the perfect combination of climbing and swimming fun
From Basel it is not very far to the southern Black Forest. Only over the border and in just under 50 minutes by car you are in Todtnau at the swimming pool rock - a top equipped climbing garden. Although you are not necessarily protected from the sun everywhere, you have the outdoor pool right under your feet. First climb and then bathe - that's how you really enjoy yourself. And as if that wasn't enough, the Gasthaus Waldeck with its sun terrace invites you to refresh yourself afterwards. And if that's still not enough, you can still take the via ferrata, which is partly exposed but never really difficult meanders through the vertical gneiss walls, in your hands. And last but not least, as a climbing tip - “Black Jack”! The absolute classic in the area. The most beautiful ledges in the vertical with a cooling view of the outdoor pool.
Albbruck - over 130 routes
Albbruck - another pearl in the southern Black Forest. Even the enchanted beaten path along the babbling Alb to the rocks makes the journey worthwhile. But at the latest when you see the imposing gneiss walls, you are almost inevitably catapulted into the sport climbing heaven. Grippy, beautifully structured rock, blocky and angular and up to 30 m high. The distances between the hooks are pure and thanks to the high canopy of leaves and the cool river, it is easy to endure here even in summer. And with over 130 routes there is something for everyone. In the 5 class, “Steinbeisser” and “Goldfinger” are an absolute must. And if things can go a bit faster (editor's note: swiftly like “pulling”), “Lineatus” and “Tailwind” should definitely be attacked.
gueberschwihr - Climbing on the red sandstone
As we learned at the beginning, Basel is in the tri-border region - and then there may be "Naturellement" a French climbing area is not missing. Gueberschwihr is a romantic wine-growing village in the middle of beautiful vineyards. The lovely ambience of the village immediately creates a relaxed climbing mood. And next to the limestone in the Jura, the gneiss in the Black Forest, there is now red sandstone. Cracks, holes, strips, honeycombs and hangers - everything that sandstone has to offer is combined here. And then there are a lot of bouldering blocks that are hidden in the forest. If you can do a 6b, you should dare to play “Ben Chloe”, a crack to Piazen. And if you get too uncomfortable, you can even set up top ropes here and there.
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Credits: text Hannes Ebding / Bächli mountain sports, pictures zVg