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 DAV Felsinfo or DAV Sachsen.

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. For climbability an extra model was developed.. CHECK IT at unclear conditions.
  • 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.



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Von Südosten 10m in die Schlucht zwischen Oster- und Schrammtürmen. Links hohen Kamin innenhaltend zum "Verbindungdweg". Diesen nach rechts zG.

FA: 1898

Topo. 3m rechts der "Südwestwand" Wand (3R) zu Absatz. Wand (R) und rechtshaltend zu großem Absatz. Rechts der "Südwestwand" Wand (3R) und rechtshaltend zum 6.R von "Status Quo". Dieses zG.

FA: Tino Tanneberger & Frieder Räuber, 13 Jul 2020

Wie "Klarweg" zum Sandplatz. Zwischen "Klarweg" und "Fischervariante" Reibungsplatte 3R) zu 4.R. Reibung linksansteigend und überspreizen in Kamin vom "Klarweg". Diesen außenhaltend hoch zu 5.R. Übertritt und Mulde zu Absatz. Links bei stumpfer Kante Reibung (2R) auf Vorgipfel. Übergang zG.

FA: 9 Jun

FA: Thomas Willenberg & J. Friedrich, 2011

Topo. Aus der Osterturmkapelle auf Absatz der "Nordwand". Wand mit einsetzender Rippe rechtshaltend (4R) und gerade zu Band (links 5.R). Links ausbiegen, Schrofen und kurze Kante zu Absatz von "Dietrichweg" (große Sanduhr). Rinne zu dessen 2.R. auf Vorgipfel. Übergang zG.

FA: Frank Wehner, 29 May 2018

Topo. Aus der Osterturmkapelle absteigen in hohe Kluft. An rechter Wand, anfangs spreizend, versetzte Handrisse zu Querband. Traverse nach rechts zu Kante mit Einschnitt (R). Gerade hoch zu Riss und zu 2.R. Riss und engen Kamin auf Absatz. "Dietrichweg" zG.

FA: Frank Wehner, 13 Sep 2020

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