Watzmann Climber's Log

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nickw1 - Jul 29, 2014 4:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2014

Traverse  Sucess!

Having attempted this with a friend in July 2011, but only able to reach Hocheck due to the weather, I did the traverse this year. Started on the Friday going up to the Watzmannhaus, took around 3hrs with great views of the Berchtesgaden valley and surrounding mountains such as the Hoher Goell. A rather packed hut but still managed to get some sleep, then got up around 0530 to see the sunrise and set off at 0630. Took an hour and a half to reach Hocheck then set off on the traverse. Did it free, without via ferrata gear (though I did make use of the steel rope and spikes at times!), due to climbing experience here in the UK - I felt confident at this sort of grade though there were two or three downclimbs where you had to be very careful. A rare day in the Alps with dawn-to-dusk blue skies and no clouds in the vicinity so great views of the surrounding Berchtesgadener Alps and further-away central Alps, I guess I was looking at Grossglockner but wasn't sure. 36 mins Hocheck-Mittelspitze, the trickiest part just after Hocheck, then 1hr50 to Sudspitze which had more in the way of tricky downclimbs. Worth it though - best views were on the Sudspitze, including a view down to Konigssee. Then for the horrible bit... a very nasty 3 hour downhill scree slog to just above the Wimbachgrieshutte. Didn't enjoy that at all but the rest of the route made it worth it. Finally an easy just-under-2-hour stroll back to Wimbachbrucke. Glad to have done it on such a great day!

Rapparee

Rapparee - Feb 27, 2014 8:17 pm

Adventure  Sucess!

Winter ascent. Parked in Konigsee and hiked up to the Watzmannhaus. Winterraum was open but Jan thought it was far too comfy with its beds, fireplace and blankets so we moved on. Slogged up the shadow of the mountain to the little Schutzehutte on the summit. Stuck there from sunset after 1700 to dawn at 0700. Thank Christ we brought whiskey.

Its more of an emergency one, three little benches inside it and a table. Cold, cold, cold. Worth it! Didn't meet other mountaineers till the next day.

davidbolt

davidbolt - Feb 26, 2013 10:17 am Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2012

Watzmann To Inglostadter  Sucess!

Headed up to the Watzmannhaus in a couple of hours arriving at 20 00. They appearred to be a bit annoyed by the late resevationless arrival. Teaming up with some Austrians, met on the way up, made a late start. This ment getting stuck behind hundreds of fat scared Germans getting great valve from their brand new Via Ferrata kit. Despite leaving the hutte at sunrise did not get to the Sudspitze until 13:00. Great views on a an extremely clear and warm day. The scree desent to Weimbachtal was the trickiest part of the massif. Through the Deaddog Gallery to the Inglostadter hutte arriving about 18:30, a little bit delirious (heat, length of walk and pounding from the Rock under foot).

Tomas Kristofory

Tomas Kristofory - Nov 20, 2012 6:47 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2012

traverse  Sucess!

I slept the day before in the Watzmannhaus. It ran the day before in the afternoon and night, but in the morning the rock was dry. I climbed the Hocheck, Mittelspitz and Südspitze and descended to Wimbachgrieshütte. It was a wonderful trip for me and in nice weather.

oliverkalt

oliverkalt - Jan 16, 2012 5:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1979

way back when...  Sucess!

one of my first summits

ncst

ncst - Sep 27, 2011 5:54 am Date Climbed: Sep 24, 2011

Hocheck  Sucess!

I had slept in the Watzmannhaus, and then went up to the Hocheck summit in the early morning. Short, easy hike. Some snow on the trail already. Decided not to continue to the mittelspitze as I did't have any gear with me and it seemed to have ice on it on the steeper parts. Went down to Ramsau and up the Blaueishut where I climbed Hochkalter the next day.

Benno

Benno - Jan 10, 2011 6:15 am Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2009

Hocheck  Sucess!

Together with a friend we rushed up and down to Hocheck from the parking lot at Wimbachgrießbrücke in 9 hours. Great day with great weather.

EricChu

EricChu - Dec 18, 2009 11:27 am Date Climbed: Jun 20, 1994

Watzmann, 1993 and 1994  Sucess!

In 1993, on July 1st or 2nd, I went as far as Hocheck on a splendid day - the afternoon colors were beautiful when I arrived at the summit. In 1994 I did the Mittelspitze, by the normal route via Watzmannhaus as well. The weather wasn't quite so glorious this time.

joe_akeem

joe_akeem - Aug 24, 2009 4:20 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009

Route Climbed: ridge-traverse   Sucess!

The two of us started at the Wimbachbruecke at 4am and reached the Watzmannhaus at 6.30 am - just on time to have a headstart on the crowds that started from there. Traversed Hocheck, Mittelspitze and reached Suedspitze at 9.40am. The descent to Wimbachgrieshuette is not all that pleasant. The upper part has plenty of loose rock while the trail in the lower part was partially destroyed by water. The 12k stroll back to Wimbachbruecke was very nice again and didn't feel as long as I thought it would.

MackoS

MackoS - Feb 24, 2009 12:15 pm

normal route  Sucess!

great

flow

flow - Nov 30, 2006 11:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2006

Mittelspitze 2.713m  Sucess!

27.07.2013: 3. Watzmannkind 2.165m from Hammerstiel ~770m and back
08.07.2012: Hocheck 2.651m from Hammerstiel 770m and back
24.08.2008: 3. Watzmannkind 2.165m from Hammerstiel ~770m and back
22.07.2006: Mittelspitze 2.713m from Kühroint 1.420m
19.08.2005: Hocheck 2.651m from Wimbachbrücke ~700m and back

schmid_th

schmid_th - Sep 5, 2006 2:28 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2003

Watzmannhaus - Hocheck - top  Sucess!

2 days of worst weather - aiting - at the 3rd day successful!

Michael Graupe

Michael Graupe - Mar 10, 2006 1:11 am

Route Climbed: Traverse Date Climbed: July 1984  Sucess!

Dayhiked the traverse Wimbachbruecke - Watzmannhaus - Hocheck - Mittel - Suedspitze - Wimbachgrieshuette - Wimbachbruecke. Sunny day with clouds drifting up from the E-face made for a spectacular scenery.

chris.mueller

chris.mueller - Oct 27, 2005 4:05 am

Route Climbed: Watzmannhaus - Hocheck Date Climbed: 08 October 2005  Sucess!

Wonderful walk at best conditions. Much too windy for going further to the Mittelspitze.

alpspitze

alpspitze - Sep 15, 2005 3:18 pm

Route Climbed: normal route from Berchtesgaden Date Climbed: July 13, 1995  Sucess!

Great day hike to a perfect mountain in the area.

JoergP.

JoergP. - Aug 15, 2005 10:04 am

Route Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: 14. August 2005  Sucess!

From Wimbachbrücke via Mitterkaseralm to the Watzmannhaus. From there to the summit of Hocheck.

very nice climb. not difficult.

gert

gert - Jul 31, 2005 4:51 pm

Route Climbed: Traverse Date Climbed: 18.07.2005  Sucess!

Started from Wimbachbrücke at 05.00 and did the traverse over the ridge to Wimbachbrücke via Schoener Fleck as a daytrip - wiil be back some day, Kederbacher?

pingzingr

pingzingr - Jun 14, 2005 12:44 am

Route Climbed: Hocheck Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

Went up to the Watzmannhaus with my mother and father in August and dropped mom off there. Dad and I continued on to Hocheck but because of the time didn't move across to the Mittel or Sudspitze. Clouds were covering the summit most of the way but we broke out as we got up top for a little. Mittelspitze looked amazing with a fresh dusting of a couple of inches of snow (in August!). Good day.

Joerg Marretsch

Joerg Marretsch - May 16, 2005 11:50 am

Route Climbed: Ridge traverse from Watzmannhaus to Wimbachgries Date Climbed: 29 July 1999  Sucess!

After the night at Watzmannhaus we had a wonderful day during our traverse and th hike down over Wimbachgries back to Ramsau.

Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - May 15, 2005 12:17 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2001

Route Climbed: ridge traverse Date Climbed: August 25th 2001

very fine day, good conditions but _very_ many people on the route. Between Mittelspitze and Suedspitze the sole did not stick to my boots any more so I was lucky to reach the valley with some improvisation.

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