Climbed in summer 2003, very god weather but on top it was cloudy. The next day the trip over the Jubiläumsgrat to the Alpspitze
In 1 day from Hammersbach via Höllental to the top - 7 hours ascend. And when we reached the cross it started to rain - big luck!
10/2004: One day trip via Hoellental
10/2006: One day trip via Hoellental
I was on vacation and hired a guide on the fly. No regrets. One of the best climbs I have ever done. Amazing red skies in the morning, beautiful views of the surrounding peaks, and a sense of accomplishment when clanking by the tourists eating their brattwurst and drinking their beer!
i've climbed him twice wonderful panorama at the top
One of my first real Alps.
See the trip report and pictures here:
It´s a must. I reached the highest summit of my home-country Germany. A nice day and a good beer at the summit restaurant. But too much "non-climbers" coming with cable railways.
Where can you sign your summit log while being on the summit itself? Here on Zugspitze you can. 2 h ascent brought us yesterday to Hoellentalanger hut, 4 h today on the summit on the Hoellental route, that is a medium via ferrata - but with snow and ice on the upper part. Stepping on the summit and meeting hundereds of tourists there - and this internet port - is unbelievable...
Very nice hike with fun long scramble to summit from the hutte. We did this with two 12 yr old boys and had to hustle to keep up with them in the upper reaches. 5 hours on the trail including a half hour at the hutte. Early start is a good idea (6 am) to beat afternoon weather. Everyone enjoyed the trip and handled the cables without difficulty.
Hi John, I'd love to do this route (did the other Ehrwald route last year) but can't find much info about exactly how hard it is (and what sort of a head for heights you need!). Can you offer any advice?
Neil (junk1 at shorney.co.uk)
Solo winter traverse
Starting at the station in Garmisch (708m) I went through Partnachklamm and Reintal going up to Knorrhut (2051m) which of course was closed because of the time of the year. Bivouacing in front of the hut. Summiting (2962m) on the next day at 14:00 after negotiating the ice and snow covered summit ridge where a heavy wind blew. Leaving summit at 15:00 and descending down to Wiener-Neustädter Hut (2209m). It wasn't that easy with a steep and hard crusted snow surface which didn't leave much room for mistakes. Using my half-rope to rapel down some uncomfortable sections. Getting to the hut after sunset . Wind was very strong by then and I looked forward to a high wind chill factor in my bivouac, but miraculously the hut was open, though abandoned. I slept inside, still with temperatures far below zero, but without wind. All my drinks were frozen the next morning. Descending down to Ehrwald (994m) and feeling exhausted, yet damned good. It was my eigth summiting of Zugspitze, but my first winter traverse.
Did this when I was seven years old with my father when he was stationed in Germany. We started off and came up the Hollentalklamm and then up. Don't remember too much about the trip except the ladders and spikes. Was greeted very energetically at the top of the mountain by all the Germans.
Great trip , especially in the spring :)) , too much snow , klettersteig not usable ( do not try it without rope ) , it took us quite a few hours , we got to the summit after midnight :) , but we had great view even at this time , especially lights along Eibsee , no avalanches just few rocks
Great route, limited view due to clouds.
It was beautiful. Climbed with friend, JT. You'll get wet in the klamm and snow towards the top. Crampons aren't necessary. Klettersteig is very cool.
Nice climb in day from Grainau
Crossing the lovely alpine style fields below the face up to the Hoellental hut, the clouds brewed a cruel brew and by the time I'd reached the canyons heavy rain was pouring. Sheltering in the caves the floor soon turned to a heavy stream and I was a happy but wet man who reached Hoellental.
A comfortable night and early start up the dramatic north face. Good fun climbing the kleigensteig (is that how you say it) and glad to have an axe on the later stages of the snow slopes. Avalanches dropped off the face to the eastern slopes and a silly move going direct to the summit cross caught me in a minor slab avalanche (very minor).
Despite what my Munich friends had said, the Zugspitze is a wonderul mountain, only spoilt by the cable car periphenalia on the summit.
Passing the dramatic "Warning: Danger of Death" sign, crossed the ridge and descended to Austria on an even steeper "via ferreta" to the hut on the west face. Beautiful views and the next morning descended to Eibsee and the fenicular back to Garmisch (along with Japanese tourists taking photos of anything that moved or didn't)!
Did the (nice) Hoellental Ferrata as approach to the 'Jubilaeums Ridge'. 1999 I ran the 'Zugspitz Lauf' all the Reintal up to the 'Zugspitz Platt'. Don't search for my finishing time - but what the ...: I did it ;-) Next time I will not be at a wedding the night before. Also I have bought runner's leggings now...
wonderful view, much snow