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Kurort Rathen Saxon Switzerland Germany

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Saxon Switzerland is characterized by its sandstone rocks which draw many rock climbers. There are some 14,000 climbing routes on over 1,100 rock pinnacles. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Saxon Rules for rock climbing were established. They are considered to be one of the origins of free climbing. Ropes and bolts may only be used for safety but never as a means of climbing. The use of chalk and common means of protection such as nuts and friends is also not permitted; instead knotted nylon slings are used. With a few exceptions, climbing is only practised and permitted at freestanding rock towers. A Saxon oddity is the concept of a Baustelle (literally "building site") where climbers scale a difficult section by climbing on top of the shoulders of other climbers (sometimes several people on top of each other) with everybody involved only holding himself by holds the rock provides. Though this would normally be considered a form of aid climbing, it is here accepted as a form of free climbing. As the pinnacles are often very close to one other, jumping from one rock to another is also rather popular and this technique even has its own grades of difficulty. In addition to the climbing summits there are also various steep paths, over which hikers with surefootedness and a head for heights can climb, in some places, great heights with the aid of steps, ladders, metal rungs and railings at various points. Amongst the most popular of these climbing paths are the H╨атАЬ╨Т┬дntzschelstiege in the Affensteinen, as well as the Heilige Stiege, the R╨атАЬ╨бя┐╜bezahlstiege and the Rotkehlchenstiege north of Schmilka.

Iryna Soltyska - Crags near Rathen
 

Crags near Rathen by Iryna Soltyska

Iryna Soltyska - Saxon Switzerland nature.
 

Saxon Switzerland nature. by Iryna Soltyska

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