Climbing at Gaudlitzberg, Foto: Wiebke Hebold
Stone production in the Geopark Porphyry has created unique climbing opportunities. The Environmental Offices and Mountain Sport Associations have joined forces to establish climbing routes for children, beginners and professionals. Some of these, for example in the former quarries Holzberg and Gaudlitzberg in the Hohburg Hills, achieve the highest possible rating in Saxony. These climbs are excellent for training for alpine challenges.
In September 2018, the Saxon Mountain Climbing Association (Sächsische Bergsteigerbund) opened a Climbing Garden with around 75 routes in the porphyry quarries Seidelbruch and Gleisbergbruch on Rochlitz Hill. The levels of difficulty range from beginner to advanced. Popular destinations for climbers in the geopark are Brandis, Grimma, the Quarry Golzernmühle and the Rabenstein.
The designated climbing areas in the Geopark Porphyry Land are operated by the associations:
- Deutscher Alpenverein (DAV) – Sektion Leipzig,
- IG Klettern Halle/Löbejün e.V. and
- IG Klettern Mittelsachsen
They are responsible for safety and cleanliness and provide maps of the climbing areas as well as climbing guides with ratings and topos of individual routes.