/ Driving to the Dolomites, places to break the journey & climb?
As we'll be getting some adventurous long routes in the Dolomites some stress free single pitch sport would be great, something with good climbing in the F5 - F6b range. Any pointers on budget accomodation campsites nearby would be appreciated too.
Avoid the French Auto route tolls and go via Belgium (lots of crags, Dave, Beeze, Dame Joanne and others, or if you must Freyr). On to Germany passing Eifel (pretty but not inspiring) and then the Frankenjura (N and S) for stress free sport in your grades probably the S. Passing lots of new stuff round Rosenheim on to Austria and some pleasant stuff in the Karwendal (some easy multi pitch sport near the top of the ski lift!) and then to the Dolomites (the cheaper way is via one of the Tauern passes) or speed down the Brenner and turn left.
We stopped at Sudpfalz in germany, lovely sandstone towers, an idyllic spot with a great campsite.
Have a great trip, Ross.
There is pleasant sport climbing in Karwendel if you choose to drive that way. Routes at the North face of the Alpspitze are bolted and good fun (5-8 pitches):
(there are a lot more routes than shown on ukc)
and there's nice camping here: http://www.campingplatzgrainau.de/
Cheap fuel a bonus too.
Martinswand in the Vosges is worth a call, single and multipitch granite, decent municipal campsite in Munster, close to the route south, only an hour or so from the Swiss border.
It turns out, I wrote an article about the place a few years back:
We did call in at Martinswand on the way down and enjoyed a couple of routes there, a 2 pitch combo we did on the Strassburger Wall was really good - thanks for the pointer.
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