Tallest freestanding rock climbing wall
Today’s aphorism: You want most what you have least.

For the Dutch, apparently, it’s mountains to climb. Evidence of this: Excalibur Tower, the world’s largest freestanding climbing wall.

Thrusting up from the otherwise flat landscape surrounding the Dutch city of Groningen, the tower tops out at 121 feet, with a long slab climbing on one side and a 36-foot overhang on the other.

Excalibur rock climbing wall in Netherlands

Photos by Eric Kieboom

The tower is part of the Bjoeks Climb Center and seems to have been around since at least early 2009. The climbing center also features a large bouldering area based on Fontainebleau, the famous French bouldering spot south of Paris.

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Chris Emery is a mutt. Half woodsman, half geek. He spends as much time outdoors as possible. On rainy days, he writes and publishes STRAY.

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