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Table of contents

1. Viererturm 22 routes in Cliff

All Trad

Long/Lat: 14.199650, 50.910530

Access Issues: inherited from Sächsische Schweiz

Most parts right of the Elbe are located within the Nationalpark Sächsische Schweiz with all the rules you'd expect associated with this, but climbing is generally allowed. Left of the Elbe, the area is mostly covered by a lesser degree protection area (Landschaftsschutzgebiet), also with a well marked network of hiking trails. Some few summits are located on private property, see the guidebook. During spring and early summer, selected summits may be closed because of nesting falcons or owls - check at http://dav-felsinfo.de .

Ethic: inherited from Sächsische Schweiz

You want ethics? This is the home of ethics. Most of these are peculiar for outsiders, but have a long history. Although every few years eagerly debated, they are still valid and even legally binding by being referenced by the Nationalpark regulations. They can be summarized as:

  • Climbing is only allowed on free standing rock towers. With only a handful of exceptions, all other rock walls are off limits
  • No climbing on wet rock - for your safety and the soft rock's sake.
  • No hardware protection (friends, rocks, pitons). The gaps between the sparse ring bolts may only be filled with slings (jammed knots, V-threads, lassoed chickenheads). A wooden or plastic "dagger" may be used for better placements.
  • no chalk, no pof
  • Sign the summit register.
  • Jumping is an accepted way of reaching a summit. This can range from slightly more than a stepover to completely insane kamikaze operations. The respective grade system (1-easy to 4-hard) is currently extended to 6 or even 7.
  • Boosting a climber ("unterstützt", i.e. supporting his progress by providing "human holds") is accepted or even necessary on some routes. "Ausgiebig unterstützt" goes as far as building multistory human ladders.
  • Toproping is frowned upon. For first ascends only ground-up ascents are accepted; minimum bolt distance is enforced. Be sure to contact a local, as there may be restrictions on certain cliffs.
RouteGradeStyleSelected ascents
1 Alter Weg

FA: Conrad Meurer, F. Meurer, O. Schuster, 1891

2 Apokalypse XcTrad
3 AV zum Westweg IIITrad
4 Direkte Südwand VIIcTrad
5 Direkter Südweg VIIcTrad
6 EV zum Westweg IIITrad
7 Gelbe Variante VIIIbTrad
8 Gewitterweg VIIcTrad
9 Mittellinie VIIIbTrad
10 Neue Südwand VIIbTrad
11 Neuer Westweg VIIcTrad
12 Nordweg VTrad
13 Ostweg VTrad
14 Schandauer Weg VIIaTrad
15 Schartenweg VIIaTrad
16 Südwand VTrad
17 Südwestkante

FA: Hans Geiger, K. Weigand, K. Horn, 1913

VIMixed 2
18 Südwestkante (oU)

without support

FA: Hans Geiger, K. Weigand, K. Horn, 1913

VIIaMixed 2
19 Variante zum Alten Weg

FA: Rudolf Fehrmann, H. Rumpelt, O. Graf v. Mandelsloh, 1907

20 Westpfeiler VIIIcTrad
21 Westweg IIITrad
22 Westweg mit AV IIITrad

2. Index by grade

Grade Stars Name Style
III AV zum Westweg Trad
Alter Weg Trad
EV zum Westweg Trad
Variante zum Alten Weg Trad
Westweg Trad
Westweg mit AV Trad
V Nordweg Trad
Ostweg Trad
Südwand Trad
VI Südwestkante Mixed 2
VIIa Schandauer Weg Trad
Schartenweg Trad
Südwestkante (oU) Mixed 2
VIIb Neue Südwand Trad
VIIc Direkte Südwand Trad
Direkter Südweg Trad
Gewitterweg Trad
Neuer Westweg Trad
VIIIb Gelbe Variante Trad
Mittellinie Trad
VIIIc Westpfeiler Trad
Xc Apokalypse Trad