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Gamsanger

Page Type: Route

Location: Bavaria, Germany, Europe

Lat/Lon: 47.42717°N / 11.19183°E

Object Title: Gamsanger

Route Type: Hiking, Mountaineering, Scrambling

Season: Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Small exposed trails, UIAA I

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Page By: Lukas Kunze

Created/Edited: Aug 31, 2010 / Aug 31, 2010

Object ID: 656101

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Overview

 
Gamsanger saddle
Gamsanger saddle
General:923-2298m, exposition N/NW, marked and sometimes exposed trails and scree fields/unsecured easy climbing (UIAA I)
Effort:About 1350m 4h
Power:3 - exposed trails/UIAA I
Psyche:2 - Belaying not needed
Orientation:2 - well marked but the final scrambling slope needs some care


This is the standart route up to Obere Wettersteinspitze and well marked. Although the route is not too difficult and climbing never exceeds UIAA grade I, a fall at some places may be fatal. Additionally you have to be careful since the rock is quite brittle.

Getting There

Follow one of the forrest roads or trails starting at Mittenwald to Lautersee and further up to Ferchensee. Before reaching Ferchensee lake a trail parts to the left (south) with a sign "Franzosensteig" and "Obere Wettersteinspitze". Follow the signed trail into the forrest until you reach a crossing with signs. One trail leads up to the Franzosensteig one further up to Obere Wettersteinspitze and one down to Ferchensee (this trail is rather steep and I recommend it for descend but can be used for ascent as well).

Route Description

Follow the marked trail which gets steeper quickly. Shortly after the parting of Franzosensteig you get out of the forrest and up to the first rock step. This rock step is not difficult and has some iron cables securing it.

After the rock step the trail leads to a scree field below the steep wall up the Gamsanger saddle. The scree field is bypassed on the right side and the trail leads up the steep and higher second rock face. The trail is good and well marked but quite exposed on some places and includes some easy scrambling. The trail tops out at the Gamsanger saddle, a broad grass plateau which is a perfect place for a break before scrambling up the final slope.

Follow the trail to the south towards the small rock band wich is easily climbed on the right (west) side. Above that a small scree field leads up to the final slope which is easy UIAA I climbing. The route is well marked and is fun to climb. Shortly before the summit you reach the summit ridge and the last part is directly on the ridge where climbing is a bit more difficult but secured by an iron cable.
 
Gamsanger route
Route
Steep wall up to Gamsanger saddle
Rock wall up to the saddle
Summit ridge
Final summit ridge
Hikers approaching
Trail to the saddle

Essential Gear

Hiking gear is sufficient. If you want to make sure bring a helmet since rockfall caused by uncareful people above you can hit you.

Images

On the second cliffLooking back to MittenwaldGamsanger routeThe final ascentGamsanger saddleObere WettersteinspitzeSteep wall up to Gamsanger saddle
Obere WettersteinspitzeThe Obere WettersteinspitzeHikers approachingLooking downThe second major cliffFrom SimetsbergSummit ridge