Cyclotourism along the Elbe river
The park can also be enjoyed by bike. The 840-long Elbe route is the most popular in Germany. It starts at Dresden, near the frontier with the Czech Republic, and winds its way through vineyards, marshes, orchards and woods in the vicinity of Hamburg on the North Sea.
Free climbing consists in climbing using only the hands, the feet or the body. Harnesses and ropes are used but only as safety precautions, not to aid the climb. The free climbers use their ingenuity, strength, skill and experience to do the work of the artificial aids. They cling to the holds while they choose the best way to attack the rocks, vertical walls or artificial walls.
The most extreme form of free climbing is called solo climbing or free soloing, because it does away with any form of safety rope. But it isn’t extra thrills that practioners of this sport are looking for. Alex Honnold, one of the best known practioners, describes in his book Alone on the Wall, the sensation of being suspended in the air at times by one finger only: “I don’t like risk. I do it because it’s fun, it’s like a game. It makes me feel alive. Pain disappears with the euphoria of achieving your goal. There’s isn’t a surge of adrenalin, and if there is, it means that something has gone very badly wrong because everything is meant to happen slowly and be under control”.