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Hoellental (Valley of hell) or how to get s.o. mountain-addicted

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Germany, Europe

Object Title: Hoellental (Valley of hell) or how to get s.o. mountain-addicted

Date Climbed/Hiked: Oct 28, 2006

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Via Ferrata

Season: Summer, Fall

 

Page By: Sebastian Hamm

Created/Edited: Oct 30, 2006 / May 7, 2007

Object ID: 239638

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Page Score: 91.75%  - 36 Votes 

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The Hoellental-ascent, a hard one day trip (10/2006)

Deep view - Climbing Zugspitze
Deep view: Climbing Hoellental
 
Hoellental 10/2006
Near the hut
 
The  Brett
"Brett"
 
Looking back
After the first iron route
 
Zwölferkopf
Zwoelferkopf
 
Looking to the summit
View to the summit
 
Hoellental
Lonely Hiker
 
On the glacier
On the glacier
 
Deep view
Deep view
 
The final ridge
The final ridge
 
Happy summiters
On the summit

Last week I asked my friend Sam if he wants to go on a trip to the Alps. He never did a trip to the mountains before, but he was very interested in it. I dreamed about a last tour in this season. This one had to be hard enough to exist in mind over the winter. So I thought about Hoellental (engl: Valley of hell) at Zugspitze the highest mountain of Germany. I did it in 2004 the first time. It is normally a two day ascent, but you can do it on one day. But then you have to ascend 2200 meters in 7-9 hours! You have to start early to reach safly the last cable car at the summit for descending to the valley and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This trip includes all types of mountaineering. First you walk through a forest in the dark of the early morning. Then you hike in a clammy creek. There you have to cross the river over some bridges over the canyon of "Hoellentalklamm" and in the late season on your own, because some bridges are dismantled for the winter. Then you hike through a high valley, after this follows a short iron-route, followed by hiking on rubble up to the last german glacier. After this sorrowful glacier follows the last part, the summit wall with a nice iron route which includes some very icy passages. Yes, this trip would be good to be the last in this season.
My friend didn´t know what he really would expect, but he was excited. We started our journey in Bonn, the old capitol of West-Germany and he got my whole secondary equipment and some things from my girlfriend. We drove well prepared to Munich with my van. In Munich we did a stop at HB, the famous Hofbraeuhaus known all over the world. We drunk a big Radler (lemonade and beer), ate some traditional chicken and prezel before we drove to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the town at the foot of Zugspitze. Garmisch-Partenkirchen was the presenter of the Olympic Games in 1936. We drove to Hammersbach and slept in my VW-van and watched some episodes of "King of Queens" ;-)
The next day we woke up at 0515 and started our ascent at 0545. We were very fast in the first part in the forest. It was dark but the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen was glimming in the valley. We reached the bridge over Hoellentalklamm. It was very loud, the water was roaring deep in the canyon. A little bit after this we had to cross a river on our own. I was testing a way over some rocks, I was just saying (on german!) " Oh, these rocks are very slippery!" as my friend shouted "Shi*, Shi*, FU**!!!" and bounced out of the river. I laughed a little bit as I saw him bouncing through the water up to the knees. I was very surprised that this little mistake and the wet trousers didn´t stress him the next hours. We reached the closed Hoellentalanger-hut 2,5 hours after starting at Hammersbach. We took a little break and met a friendly couple who joined the rest of the trip together with us. We four were the only people who did this trip on this nice autumn day. After this little break we hiked through the high-valley towards the first iron-route, which includes the parts "Leiter" and "Brett" - two traditional old parts of this Hoellental-ascent. This iron-route leads through a steep step to the upper section of Hoellental. After this wall followed the strenuous ascent on the rubble which had appeared by the vanishing glacier. This was not the favourite type of hiking for Sam. Because of his husky body of over 200 pounds he slipped on the rubble sometimes. It was very strenuous for him. After this part we reached the end of the valley. Now, there followed the next experience for Sam, the dirty, snow-free glacier with some deep dark crevasses. We buckled up our crampons and searched a safe way through the crevasses. Sam got a queasy feeling while going between, and jumping over some crevasses and hearing the ice snapping around him. I had a lot of fun, and exulted the whole way up: "The boys are having fun, jiihaa!" After this funny part for me and scary part for him, we reached the bergschrund and the start of the final part of the ascent - the summit wall with the iron route. This part isn´t very hard, but we had more than 1700 meters done at this point of our trip. We took some "Power Bar Gels Tropical Fruit", which gave us a short bacardi-caribbean-feeling in this icy region. The wind came up and we increased the pace. The last 100 meters of elevation were fully covered by snow. This part was a little bit tricky. After 2200 meters I reached the summit first. Some tourists on the platform next to the summit ran to the railing, waved to me, I saluted back and they took some shots of an exhausted man on the summit. The three others reached the summit after some minutes. We all were very happy to have finished this terrific ascent. Sam got some special congratulations because this strenuous trip was his first mountain-trip he ever did. He was tough, he did it in a little bit more than 9 hours to the summit, this is not a record, but for the first trip ever it is superb. Later he said, that he was thinking about flying with a rescue-helicopter out of the valley while ascending on this strenuous rubble short before the glacier. GOOD JOB, SAM! EVERYTIME AGAIN! We crossed to the platform and drunk a Radler and a Hot Chocolate in the restaurant. We took the cable-car to Eibsee and continued by train to Hammersbach where the parking was.

After this we finished our day trip in PIZZA HUT, eating a big "Cheesy Crust Caribbean Chicken Lovers-Pizza", which gave us the second caribbean-feeling this day in a little town in Upper Bavaria ;-) We slept in my van again, and watched some episodes of "King of Queens" again, and drove on the next day to "Schloss Neuschwanstein" the famous castle of Ludwig II, which was archetype for the castle of Walt Disney. After this little sightseeing we drove to Bonn and could look back to a great weekend. Thank you, Sam.

Sebastian Hamm


Strenuous rubble
Strenuous rubble
Hoellental-glacier
The glacier
Hohe Riffel and Waxenstein
View to the North

Hoellental 10/2006
The first rock wall
Eibsee
View to Eibsee
The icy passages
Icy Passages


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mvsCool

mvs

Voted 10/10

Way to go Sebastian! I was thinking of doing that myself last weekend. Seems pretty ideal as a late season trip...

Excellent report and photos.
Posted Oct 30, 2006 11:49 pm

Sebastian HammRe: Cool

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Hi MVS,
This trip ideal. I did it the second time in late october. It nice to be mostly alone in this nice valley. The conditions are quite good. The last 100m are snow-covered. No Problem. I am glad you like my report. Cheers Sebastian
Posted Oct 31, 2006 7:07 am

mvsRe: Cool

mvs

Voted 10/10

Whew, I finally went and did the Höllental ascent (today). Despite a bad forecast, the weather was great! What a beautiful, beautiful climb.
Posted Dec 31, 2006 8:25 pm

Sebastian HammRe: Cool

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Congrats, this is really a late season tour ;-) I like this route. Happy 2007!
Posted Dec 31, 2006 9:53 pm

RonaldTGreat!

RonaldT

Voted 10/10

Congrats. Very nice report really! I was looking for such a trip for the last week-end. A mixed route with challenging parts. Too bad I didn't see it before, I would have done it and probably on the same day. We finally decided to climb the Grauspitz (2599m) in Liechtenstein but got lost ;) We finally took a summit, which was not the Grauspitz but the Falknis (2560). Well, I keep your report in my favourites and will certainly do it as soon as possible - thanks again for the details and nice photos. Still possible in 2006?
Posted Oct 31, 2006 11:27 am

Sebastian HammRe: Great!

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Thanks for your kind comment. Yes it is still possible till the first big snowfall in ~December comes. You need a full via ferrata set and crampons for this tour. I will do it next autumn again, maybe we will met there ;-)

Cheers Sebastian

PS: Feel free to vote.
Posted Oct 31, 2006 11:43 am

RonaldTRe: Great!

RonaldT

Voted 10/10

Thanks for the advice Sebastian and forgive me for the vote (I am quite new to this site so...) Well, I just did it! It definitely deserves a 10/10!

I'll keep you posted when I'll go.

Cheers,
Ronald
Posted Oct 31, 2006 11:53 am

Sebastian HammRe: Great!

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Oh, I see, you are a new member. WELCOME TO SP!
If you have any questions, send me a private message. You could do it on my profile page. Cheers Sebastian
Posted Oct 31, 2006 11:58 am

vvujisicGreat!

vvujisic

Voted 10/10

Very nice page!
Posted Oct 31, 2006 3:29 pm

Sebastian HammRe: Great!

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Thank you very much. Sebastian
Posted Oct 31, 2006 6:00 pm

Big BennNice Report

Big Benn

Voted 10/10

I have really enjoyed reading that report Sebastian. It's in a area I hike in a lot, but not as high as you went, so not via the "dreaded" Brett to the Zugspitze! And it's so nice to know that SP now has a report of that route, (I can only dream of doing it at present), along with some great pictures. Glad you enjoyed it so much. Many thanks, Bryan.
Posted Oct 31, 2006 5:40 pm

Sebastian HammRe: Nice Report

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Thanks for your nice comment. I did this route as my season-end-trip the second time. It is very nice. Maybe you will do it in summer as a two-day-trip and stay in Hoellentalanger-hut. It is then 2,5h to the hut. 30min to Brett. 1,5h to glacier. 30min on glacier. 2h to summit on via ferrata. The first 10m of the second via ferrata is damaged with broken cables and needs a lot of power. Maybe this could be a problem to some people. Nevertheless it is very intersting to hike to the hut and to the end of the lower part of the valley. I can recommend it to you.
I have done some shots of Kramerspitz for you, but they are not very sharp ;-(
Cheers
Sebastian
Posted Oct 31, 2006 6:09 pm

Augie MedinaEntertaining Story

Augie Medina

Voted 10/10

Good for Sam! I'll have to try a Radler sometime.
Posted Oct 31, 2006 6:26 pm

Sebastian HammRe: Entertaining Story

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Don´t you have a "Oktoberfest" in L.A.? ;-)
Posted Oct 31, 2006 6:32 pm

Augie MedinaRe: Entertaining Story

Augie Medina

Voted 10/10

We must have; I'll look for it.
Posted Oct 31, 2006 11:15 pm

dadndaveGood TR

dadndave

Voted 10/10

And great photos.

Can't you be deported from Germany or thrown in jail for putting lemonade in beer?
Posted Nov 1, 2006 6:24 am

Sebastian HammRe: Good TR

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Thanks for your comment.

No, it is traditional to put lemonade in beer in bavaria. It is for women, for people who aren´t strong enough for 1 liter 5,5%, for drivers or for people who did a sportive trip, because it is really refreshing. If you put banana-juice in it, you would be thrown in the cesspool. ( I´ve seen it ;-P )
Test it: e.g. 50% Lager-beer (maybe heineken) and 50% Sprite
Posted Nov 1, 2006 7:21 am

SirsAmThat was a trip!

SirsAm

Voted 10/10

Hi Sebastian,
I read all posts and your report of our trip. I think it was a very great idea to "walk" up to there ;-). Thanks for doing it with me. As you told it was my first trip to the mountains, but I think ít won´t be the last!
cya sAm
Posted Nov 1, 2006 3:12 pm

Sebastian HammRe: That was a trip!

Sebastian Hamm

Hasn't voted

Everytime again. Thanks for coming with me. I am proud to hear that it won´t be your first and only trip to the alps. One more addict. Cheers Sebastian
Posted Nov 1, 2006 10:02 pm

46and2just what is...

46and2

Hasn't voted

an iron-route exactly? From your pics, it looks like some kind of "assisted climbing". What is the history behind it? Very interesting.
Posted Nov 2, 2006 12:29 am

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