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About Pfalz:

Pfalz is a fantastically beautiful region at the very west of Germany, close to the French border. The landscape is that of rolling hills with beautiful forests, which offers climbing, cycling and hiking for a lifetime.

The type of rock is hard sandstone, which - as opposed to the other well-known German sandstone area Elbsandstein - allows for usage of metal protection (nuts, cams, etc.). The climbs there are mostly single pitch climbs on beautiful sandstone towers that stick out of the forest, spread over a rather large area.

The type of climbing is usually trad, with the occasional ring anchor at the crux or on otherwise unprotectable sections.

Please note the following:

  • Local ethics do seriously disapprove of the use of chalk on climbs graded lower than VII (~5.10c).
  • Many of the towers are temporarily closed for climbing, to protect rare birds. It is obligatory to check at least on a weekly basis whether the place you want to climb at is currently open. The place to check is the blackboard at the Bärenbrunner Hof (see below).