Adršpašské skály

  • Grade context: SX
  • Photos: 4
  • Ascents: 50
  • Aka: Adersbach
  • Aka: Adršpach




Hundreds of huge and small beautiful sandstone towers with stout ethics


If there is a sandstone-climbers heaven, it surely will look a lot like Adrspach: Over 1800 free-standing rock formations, all within walking distance, from a few meters to 90 m giants. The stout ethics and sparse protection prevent flocking crowds, so you may encounter yourself on a hidden summit being the first party to climb it in years. Cheap basic camping a stones throw from the rocks, great beer, friendly locals - what's the catch? Traditionally influenced by the climbing in Sächsische Schweiz, the ethics are intense: No metal protection gear (friends, rocks, ...), very few and widely-spaced ring-bolts. Instead, knotted slings and webbing runners are used to (hopefully) prevent the worst. Boosting is essential in some routes, top-roping usually frowned upon. Combine this with sometimes sandy rock. If that alone were not enough, the rating is confusing at best: formally using Saxonian grading system, you are better off to always add at least a full number grade, and even that may not be enough. You are well adviced to seek the company of a local or do thorough homework at the route database ( , German) which will provide vital beta on what can be done and what should be avoided. Adrsbach is also a premium tourist destination, so expect crowds during weekends. However, these will largely be restricted to the main path loop, leaving enough undisturbed climbing elsewhere.

Psáno do písku II - Diagnóza: Adršpach [Written in the Sand II - Diagnosis: Adršpach] [short film]. Alternative.NOW, HUDYsport, 2019. (czech)

Sean Villanueva teste l'échelle humaine et l'assurage sur noeuds en Tchéquie #101 [short film]. Relais Vertical, EpicTV 2019. ( sub.)

Sean Villanueva en Tchéquie, l'autre monde de la grimpe #102 [short film]. Relais Vertical, EpicTV 2019. ( sub.)

Sean Villanueva: Symphonie d'off-width, griffes et first ascent en Tchéquie #103 [short film]. Relais Vertical, EpicTV 2019. ( /czech sub.)

Access issues

The main area requires an park entrance fee, which is sometime waived for Alpine club members. There are climbing bans to protect raptors. check at the park entrance or at (in Czech)


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