Viewed from a distance the "inclined plane" Ebenalp breaks on its south side in a gray and yellow, partly overhanging wall. This is about 1.5 km long, 70 m high and offers for avid climbers more than 150 climbing routes with 1 to 3 pitches. The rock quality is variable, ranging from very good and inspiring compact limestone to splintery. The climbing is often technically on small edges, handles and holes.

The climb can be quite athletic in the higher difficulties and require strength endurance. Intermediate and experienced climbers may select among a large number of beautiful routes. There are no routes up to 5th grade UIAA.

Best time to climb: spring, autumn and winter foehn days.

The routes established since 1990 are equipped with solid, for the most part stainless 10 mm anchors and platter, with belays for rappelling. Few routes have glued Spit. The protection is generally good to very good. More information about the climbing area and the climbing routes can be found in our climbing leaflet: Leaflet: Klettern auf der Ebenalp"

Access issues

Attention: Every route starts above a very popular hiking trail. Therefore it is an absolute must to avoid rockfall! Additionally climbing in the sector 'Gasthauswand' is not allowed on weekends and public holidays.


  1. From the parking lot Erstböhl in 50-120 minutes. Follow the hiking trail to the Ebenalp and Äscher hut.

  2. From Wasserauen take the cable way up to the Ebenalp and follow the hiking trail in direction Schäfler. At the first crossing head south down to the crag.

Ethic inherited from Alpstein

Sport climbs are very well protected but the historic multi pitch routes are sometime strange bolted and you have to take long run outs. Generally it is a good advice to bring some gear to improve protection where necessary.

New routes should be discussed with local authorities and the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) before hand. Especially if routes may distract animals and destroy vegetation.


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Established 1990.

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Author(s): W. Küng

Date: 2022

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