I don't have many climbing opportunities these days, unless you count sitting on the windowsill of my fourth story apartment with a good book, some late afternoon sunshine, and one foot hanging out over the street. Most of my climbing is of the safe and conventional sort involving stairs or hiking paths. A few weeks ago, however, when I visited the old castle ruins at Dürnstein, a good climbing opportunity presented itself. And I am never one to pass up a good opportunity.
The route from Krems to Dürnstein was long and hot - much longer than it needed to be, since I took, shall we say, the scenic route. (How does one misplace a river? I don't know, but somehow I managed it.) But once I got into the vineyards, the view was exquisite.
Looking down over the Wachau valley... (and there's the Danube, that sneaky devil!)