Frankenjura (Germany) (map)

The formation with Action Direct. The actual route climbs the underbelly of the rear buttress.

Super cool crag rising above a small village

Super cool crag rising above a small village

Super cool crag rising above a small village

Standard lowering hardware in the Frankenjura, which isn't the easiest thing to climb in moments of desperation

Kurt Albert started the whole red dot thing, which later became the "redpoint"

The small town of Hartenstein with several crags nearby

On the way out of town to the crag

An open but amazingly dark forest with a pretty good crag. Rayko runs it out to the first bolt.

Rayko gains big holds after a pumpy traverse. Notice the route book midway across the traverse.

Small villiage of Lungsdorf, which is nothing more than a bend in the road. We did climb a pretty cool tower just above town.

Signing the route book at the top of the tower

Starting up the tower above Lungsdorf

In the rain, we lucked upon this severely overhanging amphitheater with several dry routes
Schwarzer Riss

A beautiful crack climb reminiscent of the Dolomites

Hiding from the rain in a cave at the base of the Napoleon tower

This free-standing tower, to our surprise, was about 10" thick

Rayko straddling the top of the tower

Our first climbing stop in Frankenjura

Random climber seconding a pretty cool line
Luftige Wand

Pretty cool climbing down low, but an unprotected chimney up high

Lowering off a super steep climb at the end of the day

Amazed by this formation, we vowed to return, only to discover that all the routes are hard

Our little apartment in Velden, a 5-minute walk from the main square

Best food in Bavaria, or so we thought

Standard dinnertime activities -- email, route research, and taking notes from the days outing

Buying strawberries and other vegies

Purchasing the daily supply of lunch meat

View from the top of the cliff; the approach follows the dirt road

It rained, so everybody headed for the overhanging roadside crag

Super steep roadside climbing, mostly Czech climbers

A difficult and long route with several cruxes. Too bad it's out of focus.