Alsace

As a change from our routine of a stop in Burgundy on the way south we decided to sample the climbing in another famous wine region – Alsace. We found a lovely campsite in Eguisheim, near Colmar, surrounded by vinyards and beneath three ancient chateaux on the hillside.

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We planned to climb at Guberschwir, about 10km away. After an hour tramping through the wooded hillside we had completely failed to find the crag (embarrassing as we’d been before! ) and settled for a different sector “Ancienne” This turned out to be a gritstone quarry, reminiscent of Hobby or Millstone but full of shiny bolts. A bit of a change from the usual French sports climbing

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The next day we retraced our steps to find the original sector we’d been looking for – “nouveau”. This is heavily featured sandstone in a very pretty setting.

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We finished the day off with some traditional Alsacian fare – sausages and sauerkraut.

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