Discussion: Semilegal status bouldering and chalk prohibition

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Access Semilegal status bouldering and chalk prohibition

The sectors east of the Gottleuba river (all sectors except Kleine Bastein, Gulag and Wasserfall) belong to the nature reserve 'Landschaftsschutzgebiet Sächsische Schweiz' where climbing is only allowed on the official traditional climbing summits. The use of chalk is explicitly banned. 2015 and before rangers were controlling this and sentenced boulderers with fines (Ordungswidrigkeit). Just because this seems not to happen anymore doesn't mean that bouldering and use of chalk is legal. Be aware of that and take your own choice.

The sectors west of the Gottleuba river (sectors Kleine Bastei, Gulag and Wasserfall) belong to the nature reserve 'Landschaftsschutzgebiet Unteres Osterzgebirge' where climbing also is only allowed on official climbing spots, if you do otherwise you also commit a 'Ordnungswidrigkeit'. But the use of chalk is not explicitly forbidden.

Most of the land is privately owned. The owner doesn't want people bouldering on his land, in 2018 there were signs at the main parking lot that acces to the land and bouldering is forbidden.

Contrary to this the german alpine club DAV argues that access and climbing outside of protection areas like national parks is legal due to the common right to enter landscape and woods.

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