Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Escalade en Alsace

Vosges are much closer to Belgium than Alps and such - but for some reason i have stayed away from these mountains. They are definitely rather hilly, but climbing there is rad - engaged, quality and picturesque! Maybe it is only one-pitch long, but you get your adrenaline's worth for sure!

I have only been to Krontal (on the way to or from the Alps), Martinswand and Gueberschwihr before. This time, Vosges du Nord with the new topo were the target. It happened so that each place we visited was also a tourist attraction because of chateau ruins near-by. Windstein climbing is directly climbing over what used to be a castle - and Langenfels is the area in front of the Fleckenstein remains. The latter was more enjoyable for the mediocre climber i am, with even a couple of project options for the future. Given all the picturesque villages and good wine, this is certainly a region i'm going back to!

website has a good routes database and topo info on the area, and thanks for the new topo guys!

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