This album contains images from memorable hikes in the Wetterstein
mountain range in southern Germany. The Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany, is part of this range. Most images are from hikes up the Hoellental
(hell's canyon) from Hammersbach
(750 meter) and up to the Riffelscharte
(Riffel saddle; 2,161 meter). From there I climbed the Suedliche Riffelspitze
(southern Riffelspitze; 2,263 meter) and descended the Riffelkar
to the Eibsee
(Eib lake; 1,000 meter). From there I returned to Hammersbach
. Other hikes I've done in this area are the climb from Hammersbach
to the Osterfelderkopf
and descent into the Hoellental
via the Hupfleitenjoch
The Hoellentalklamm is a very popular narrow canyon hike to the Hoellentalangerhuette (Hoellentalanger hut). From there most climbers will ascend to the Zugspitze. The trail up the west slope of the Hoellental to the Riffelscharte is very scenic and much less crowded. I often times did not see any other hiker all day. Some exposed passages are secured with cables or ladders, which are very invigorating and fun. The climb from the Riffelscharte to the summit of the Suedliche Riffelspitze involves some climbing along an exposed ridge (UIAA I).
Most images were taken between 1994 and 1996.