Fantastic and wonderful classic alpine route. The Jubilaumsgrat is a very long and exposed ridge. Can be handled in one long day, but mostly requires 2 days. You have two direction possibilities - From Zugspitze to Alpspitze (W-E) or other way round (E-W). Both ways are fantastic, version from Zugspitze to Alpspitze is less demanding on securing skill and equipment(in good condtions rope e.g. is not necessary.)
This route isn't difficult during summer conditions, but you should be experienced and well trained alpinist.:) If you hit the route during winter, prepare yourself for real alpine challenge!
You have several possibilities, how and from which side to reach on of the summits.
If you travel by car through Garmich-Partenkirchen, ride to Hammersbach - Alpspitze Bahn. This is a very useful place, where you can park a car and start on your route.
Starting from Zugspitze or Alpspitze summit.
can be reached via Normal route
and/or via very interesting route trough Hoellental valley
, which is finished by wonderful ferrata. Both variations will consume at least several hours, mostly 1/2 day.
can be easily reached via several Normal routes or via very interesting Ferrata
, which can offer great exposure and fantastic views.
If you think about succeeding in one day (valley - Jubilaumsgrat - valley), than is probably necessary to use lift (cablecar) to help yourself with getting up on the top. (Zugspitze summit can be reached by cablecar. If you take Alpspitzebahn /cable car/, add another 15 minutes to reach bottom of Alpspitze Ferrata and another 2 hours to get on the top.)
As mention above, it is important to realize, where do you want to start and finish this route. In my opinion, direction from Zugspitze to Alpitze, with using Hoellental ferrata to get on Zugspitze summit brings more fun.Starting in the Ga-Pa valley on foot and spliting this route into two days i consider as the best. You can stay overnight on Muncher haus (DAV,Zugspitze summit) or if you are very fast, to use Bivak - Gratthuttl, which is situated in 2/3 route from Zugspitze, between Aussere and Mittlere HoellentalSpitzen. Or, if you follow opossite direction, this Bivi can be reached from Alpspitze in less then 3 hours. Anyway, keep in mind, that this is an emergency shelter.
Orientation is quite simple, route is obvious and every difficult part is well secured with fixed ropes or rivets.
Rocky conditions are very differing. There can be found solid rock on some places and towers, but as soon as you climb over it, you can expect disintegrating rock with very tricky surface on its other side..
You can escape from the ridge on several places (see topo
Essential GearDepending on conditions.
During summer should be sunglasses, equipment for Ferrata and lots of water enough. Rope, crampons, ice axe and several chocks and screws are esential in snowy or icy conditions.
Note: You may not find any snow left on the whole ridge during summer months, so if your plans should bring you at the Bivi-Gratthuttl for night, don't forget to be equiped with additional water
External LinksJubilaumsgrat on Bergsteigen.at
Alpspitz Ferrata on Bergsteigen.at
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