This is a report of our climbing trip to the Frankenjura, which is one of Germany’s best known rock climbing areas. We stayed in the small town of Schlaifhausen.

The church on top of the mountain near the climbing spot.
The church on top of the mountain near the climbing spot.

At the end of June we went on a climbing trip to the Frankenjura. The Frankenjura is one of Germany’s best known rock climbing areas. It is located in Bavaria and bordered by the cities of Nürnberg/Erlangen, Bamberg and Bayreuth to give a rough idea. The weather was perfect during our stay. It was really hot, around 33 degrees Celsius during the day. That was nearly a bit too hot when you are climbing the whole day. Luckily the rocks were in shade during most of the day.

We stayed in the small town of Schlaifhausen and went climbing at the Rodenstein, which was only about half an hour walk away from the guesthouse. Most routes were in the VI (UIAA) degree. The topos are shown here, for the left, middle and right part of the rock. I was really busy climbing and belaying other people, so that I did not have time to take pictures during the climbing sessions. That is pretty unfortunate. Nonetheless, here are some photos from the hike to the climbing area on the previous day. The light and the cloud formations were really interesting that evening, probably because of the heat wave and the storm that was slowly rolling in as we should see later.

After the climbing session we came down quite exhausted, but happy in the evening. We were glad that we could cool off a bit in a small river close-by. Later in the night there was a heavy thunderstorm with a lot of rain and heavy lightning. On the next day it was still raining lightly in the morning and we decided to stay at the guesthouse. That turned out to be a good decision, as it started to rain heavily again only a couple of minutes later. As alternative we did a few technique exercises below the roof of a nearby barn, had lunch and then left in the afternoon.

The sun gives us a spectacle.
The sun gives us a spectacle.
From the top of the cliffs.
From the top of the cliffs.
Rain clouds are rolling in.
Rain clouds are rolling in.