How about some dimensions, Gangolf? How high, how wide?
Nice page. Never heard of the area.
This is rather a small rock. Ehough to cause a headache if it falls on someone's head though. I would estimate the top to be 10 x 10m wide and the whole thing to be 20m high. I waited quite a while for the sun to set and got an even moodier photo which I wanted to post with the TR tonight.
a fantastic mushroom.
That would be this one
Grazie Lorenzo ;-)
What a cool formation. There's something like that near Moab in Utah. It's called The Mexican Hat - don't have a picture of it though.
Any info. on summit routes on this thing?
It's cool isn't it? As for routes, see on this German page. There seem to be two routes and one variation of the first (normal). All rate between UIAA 6+ and 7-. If you want to see them, look at the picture below which was taken from the east of the formation. One route (the first) is suoosed to be in the north-east (right) and somehow negotiates the overhang, probably where it is most narrow. The second route takes the SE corner of the trunk (left) and probably uses the part where there is no overhang.
I have seen no topo however. First climbed in 1922!
1922 eh? These "old school climbers" were a heck of a tough bunch. There are some climbs around Oregon that were put up in the 40's & 50's for example that rarely get done today (because they are terrifying!).
Yeah, probably the guys back then had more guts then we do ;-)
Not sure if you have seen this page. After preparing the page with mvs and charles I read somewhere that today only a small percentage of the known routes are climbed anymore - the rest are too dangerous. The current routes have been bolted after several whole parties fell to their death in the 60s and 70s, parties which relied on the crappy and rusty old protection they found in the walls. The alpine clubs decided that having good fixed pro in place would be worth the effort. They were right since the death toll dropped considerably...
Nice mushroom :-)
das halt klettern?
Yes, see some posts above, in my answer to rpc there's a link to a route page ;-)
The link works again, now :o)
Where is this area exactly? And is it possible to climb here?
This should answer your questions.
1: German-French border region between Saarbrücken, Wissembourg and Landau
2: Yes you can climb a lot...
Is that a tree growing out of the top of it?
Yes it is, though only a little one. Almost all of the crags of the area display some sort of vegetation:
No it can't - not currently anyway and not without a major earthquake before. It stands on three pillars. One of them could fall and the remaining two would still balance the rock on top. At least that's what someone calculated ....
It's sandstone - solidity is relative ;-) If you rub it long enough it will topple :-)
I always wanted to visit that area, but somehow never made it. I myself like very much Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland, Zittau mountains etc. Have you ever been to Tisá, near the German border, south of the Bielatal? There you could find also many spectacular rocks and boulders, like the Steinpilz or mushroom http://www.summitpost.org/rock-called-mushroom-steinpilz-in-tis-bohemian-switzerland/714287
or Napoleon's shoe! http://www.summitpost.org/rock-called-napoleon-s-shoe-tis-bohemian-switzerland/714209
Please excuse me: I don't know how to put a link in a comment, like you do...
Never been there but would like to go. Too far for a day trip and too close for a vacation :-(
It would need some business trip to get me there ...