These 5 multi-pitch routes are suitable for Ecopoint climbing

Ecopoint climbing or climbing by fair means means nothing other than minimizing your own ecological footprint when climbing by traveling on your own or by public transport. Today we are introducing you to 5 multi-pitch routes that are suitable for the Ecopoint concept.

Have you ever wondered what climate-friendly mobility can look like when climbing? Lena Marie Müller has given a lot of thought to this topic. This gave rise to the concept of - based on red point climbing Ecopoint climbing. Sandro von Känel, author of the Filidor climbing guides, has put together 5 multi-pitch routes for you that can be easily reached by public transport.

5 multi-pitch routes for Ecopoint climbing

Tschorrenfluh – Transsiberia (6a, 180m)

"Transsibiria" is a multi-pitch route with a more alpine character. Thanks to the southern orientation, climbing is also possible here in winter. From the «Hasliberg Bodemli» bus stop you can reach the entrance in 25 minutes.

In 25 minutes you are from the bus stop at the entrance to Transsibiria (6a, 180m). Image: Sandro von Känel
In 25 minutes you are from the bus stop at the entrance to Transsibiria (6a, 180m). Image: Sandro von Känel

Handegg – iron (6a, 200m)

The "iron" is somewhat hidden on the opposite side of the high Handegg walls. The climb over the compact ridge is beautiful and the perfect protection ensures stress-free fun. The post bus takes you directly to the Handegg power station, from here you can get to the station in 20 minutes.

The iron multi-pitch route (6a, 200m) not only offers perfectly secured climbing, but is also easy to reach by public transport. Image: Sandro von Känel
The iron multi-pitch route (6a, 200m) not only offers perfectly secured climbing, but is also easy to reach by public transport. Image: Sandro von Känel

Gerstenegg – Grimsel Marathon (5b, 700m) 

The Grimselmarathon is a combination of the "Flying Carpet" and "La Strada" routes. With 22 pitches, this trip is a challenge for body and mind! If that sounds too strenuous, you can “only” climb the lower or upper part of the route. Either way, an unforgettable experience in the middle of the Grimselwelt is guaranteed! Easy access from the "Chüenzentennlen" stop takes just 10 minutes.

The Grimselmarathon (5b, 700m) is a challenge with 22 rope lengths; the 10-minute approach from the Chüenzentennlen stop is much less strenuous. Image: Sandro von Känel
The Grimselmarathon (5b, 700m) is a challenge with 22 rope lengths; the 10-minute approach from the Chüenzentennlen stop is much less strenuous. Image: Sandro von Känel

Stone glacier – youth trail (4c, 210m)

The Steingletscher slabs are perfectly accessible by public transport and await you with wonderful routes in structured gneiss. The «Jugendweg» leads through the sunny face in 7 pitches with homogeneous difficulties.

The youth trail (4c, 210m) on the Steingletscher-Platten impresses with its well-structured gneiss and good accessibility. Image: Sandro von Känel
The youth trail (4c, 210m) on the Steingletscher-Platten impresses with its well-structured gneiss and good accessibility. Image: Sandro von Känel

Klein Furkahorn – Kreuzbandweg (4b, 460m)

On the Klein Furkahorn you will find routes of moderate difficulty. So perfect for getting a taste of “Furkaluft” on long tours for the first time. From the Hotel Belvédère (bus stop) you can get to the entrance in 40 minutes.

The Kreuzbandweg (4b, 460m) is the perfect multi-pitch route for Furka novices. Image: Sandro von Känel
The Kreuzbandweg (4b, 460m) is the perfect multi-pitch route for Furka novices. Image: Sandro von Känel

Here you will find all the further information you need about the areas presented

Switzerland Plaisir West (Volume 1)

The guide describes the most beautiful climbing areas from Friborg across the Bernese Oberland to the popular climbs on the Susten, Grimsel and Furka passes. The routes presented range in difficulty from 3a to 6c and are mostly suitable for beginners and children.

  • 52 areas
  • 4 colors, 348 pages
  • Format: 12.0 18.5 cm x
  • Languages: German, French, English
  • Year of publication: 2023 (6th edition)
  • Price: CHF 48.-
Climbing Guide Plaisir West

Switzerland extreme west (volume 1)

With 72 climbing crags in the Bernese Oberland, Friborg and Valais, which are described in detail, the guide offers enough material for climbers with well-trained forearms. The difficulties range from 6a to 9b. If you prefer something a little more leisurely, go to «Schweiz plaisir WEST».

  • 72 areas
  • 4 colors, 324 pages
  • Format: 12.0 18.5 cm x
  • Languages: German, English
  • Year of publication: 2023 (6th edition)
  • Price: CHF 44.-
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