Climbing area Lungern closed - future uncertain

The popular central Swiss climbing garden in Lungern remains closed. If the municipal administration has its way, climbing in Lungern will be a thing of the past. Co-developers of the area and the Swiss Alpine Club SAC do not simply want to accept this and are looking for solutions together.

The future of Central Switzerland is bad Climbing garden Lungern. At the end of May, the voters of the Obwalden municipality approved the rezoning of Brünig Mega Safe AG, thereby paving the way for the associated safe project in the rock massif. In the next three years, up to a hundred high-security caverns are to be built in which the well-heeled can store their valuables.

No climbing during construction

Simona Gasser, construction manager from Lungern, cited the risk of falling rocks in the area of ​​the climbing garden as the reason for the closure. This would not necessarily be directly related to the Brünig Mega Safe project. "We already had the natural hazards reassessed in 2019 and upgraded the risk of falling rocks based on the feedback from the experts." In addition, material could come down again and again during the construction work over the next three years.

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Melanie Weingartner in the 7c + line eco pig in the lungern climbing garden. Image: Andrea Lerch
Melanie Weingartner in the 7c + line eco pig in the lungern climbing garden. Image: Andrea Lerch

Climbing garden with national appeal

The lungern climbing area was set up 30 years ago by Andreas Audetat and Peter Keller. Andrea Lerch also drilled various routes and a few years ago, together with other climbers, undertook a complex renovation.

He wants to see the whole thing in a larger context: “Climbing has been going on in Lungern for 30 years. The difficulties vary from moderate to very difficult. A lot of people have had a great time here in the past and it's always worked out well."

If you compare the possibilities that this climbing garden offers to the climbing community with the impact they caused, the impact is small.

Gloomy prospects: The lungern climbing garden will probably remain closed forever.
Gloomy prospects: The lungern climbing garden will probably remain closed forever.

Find a common solution

Andrea Lerch, together with the SAC, is looking for solutions to achieve the goal of being able to climb again after the construction phase of the Brünig Mega Safe project in Lungern. It is not a question of declaring war on the community of Lungern or the client. "The goal is to enable coexistence between this commercial project and the climbing community."

"The goal is to enable coexistence between this commercial project and the climbing community."

Andrea Lerch
  • If you want to find out more about Brünig Maga Safe and its “treasure chambers in the solid rock”, you can follow the links below Bloomberg article bring to mind.

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