Long MTB ride to near the start of the route. Then took us a night in the face some 500m below the summit. And a long descent via Steinerne Huettl, Knorrhütte, Reintalangerhütte back to Garmisch the next day. Better not believe the old DAV Guide book rating. Route listed as UIAA IV+ in the Panico guide (that fits). Very long, needs stable and dry weather, you need some morale to do 50m runouts at bad belay stations. Very few intermediate fix points. Not extremly difficult but definately serious for its grade. Upper 500m quite loose rock slabs.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe