Situated just outside of the idyllic Swiss village of Meiringe, Excalibur presents the perfect mountain climbing challenge for upper-intermediate and advanced rock climbers in the Bernese Oberland.
Climbing the pristine limestone pillar begins with a moderate ascent up the steep green hills just off of highway 11. As you approach the foot of the massif, you will gain roughly 700 meters of elevation on grassy and unprotected terrain.
Once at the foot of the massif, you will need to climb Vorbau, which consists of two 40-meter long pitches rated 6a+, 6b, respectively.
Once atop this, you will be at the foot of Exbalibur and ready to climb this 6b-rated multi-pitch limestone wall. The climb to the top takes several hours, but all the effort is well worth it with simply stunning views of central Switzerland.
During the summer, the average daily temperatures on Excalibur range from 10 ºC to 13 ºC. These drop dramatically as you gain in elevation. Summer is also the wettest time of year in Switzerland, which receives between 50 and 60 millimeters of rain each month.
Flying into Zurich Airport (ZRH) is the best way to begin any trip to Excalibur. From here, the peak is just a two hour drive away in a hired car and slightly longer via train and/or bus.
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