Perfectly sunny day to climb to the summit. Few people on the route.
The weather forecast was bad and my feet were still very sore from Ortler, but Kessler and I decided to give Zugspitze a try to climb at least part way up anyway, especially since we already had a hut reservation at the Hoellentalangerhuette.
The weather was not promising. As soon as we boarded the bus, it began to hail and rain hard. We started up the trail in the rain and hail. By the time we reached the Hollentalklamm Gorge, it wasn't raining as much and since we were already soaked, we didn't have to worry so much about getting wet in the gorge!
The gorge was really impressive and spectacular as was the trail. There were tunnels and lots of waterfalls spilling down all over the place. There were also some huge snowbanks in the gorge at an elevation of only just over 1000 meters.
We eventually made our way out of the gorge and to the valley holding the Hoellentalangerhuette. We wore raincoats, but we still soaked anyway so we decided to dry our clothes out before doing some exploring around. In the evening, the weather cleared a big and we explored the upper valley to as high as the beginning of the via feratta route known as Brett.
We returned back to the hut there. There were alpine salamanders all over the place and some frogs as well. It was suprising to see so many cold blooded creatures in a place that was so cold. We also saw a chamois on the cliffs above Brett.
The weather forecast was bad again, so we decided not chance climbing the Hoellental Route. Instead we hiked around the mountain to a cable car station and rode the cable car the rest of the way to near the summit. We then made the final climb up the easy but exposed ladders and cables to the summit. We got lucky since the weather was partially clear at the summit. After we left the summit, everything clouded up again.
It was a good climb, but I still wish we would have been able to complete the Hoellental Route. Maybe some day.
An easy klettersteig got much more fun with a bit of snow :-)
Just took the tram up then scrambled over to the true summit. May end up going back to actually climb it, it's a gorgeous peak, the views from up there are some of the best I've ever seen. At the very least, I plan to climb a bunch of the other peaks in the area. My first country HP and my 5th Ultra as well, would definitely recommend
Everything was really nice until we got to the summit...
Started from Eibsee and went via Wiener Neustadterhutte.
Date approximate. On three week bus tour of Germany with the Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung with fellowship colleagues from many countries the whole group was treated to a trip to the summit on the train. At the summit I was tempted to plunge step down the snow to the lower section of the summit complex, but I didn't.
Having attempted this climb once prior (December 2, 2017), I figured I needed to finish what I started. Poor choice on my part. After checking the weather report, there was a calling for sunshine all day. So I decided I would drive straight there and begin my climb at 0400. During this whole climb there was approximately 3 feet of snow, soft snow. Starting my climb, I made good time to my first checkpoint, which was the Höllentalklamm. Stopping for a brief snack and a few nighttime photos, I was off. Now I realize this section is closed at this time of year but it is possible to pass it relatively safe. There is a section of a bridge that is removed to deny access, but with alittle skill and nerves, this is not so bad. Making my way through this gorge, the melting ice rained down on me. This was not a problem, just more of a hassle. Making my way out of Höllentalklamm, I am standing in 3 feet of snow. This section, in my opinion, requires snowshoes. Crossing a stream and climbing a couple hundred feet up the side of the hill, I was on my way to the Höllentalangerhütte. At this point I was feeling exhausted from struggling through the snow for about 4 hours (double the time it should take in the summer). Eating my lunch and taking some more beautiful photos, I set off feeling unmotivated and very tired. Making it a few hundred meters up from the hütte, I reached my decision point. This was the point I decided that I still had a minimum of 6 hours of climbing to go (that is the average summer pace) and I was not going to make it in time to get on the last cable car leaving the summit. Disappointed in myself, I began following my deep tracks back through the gorge. Realizing that my first winter climb ended several hundred meters from the summit was devastating to me. However, this experience has really opened my eyes to the conditions required to achieving the summit of any mountain.
While on a work trip in Munich, I was able to convince my four co-workers who were with me that going to Zugspitze would be a great idea for us to do on our day off (and my only full day off from work during the trip). Three co-workers settled for the "top" that most people go to, while one co-worker and I went to the true highpoint of the peak. It was so awesome to go up the via ferrata, rail, and ladder system... but the exposure was not for the faint at heart. Everything was wet from the overnight weather, which made things more gnarly and required extra caution; a slip there would be deadly. It was funny to see my cell phone give me a "Welcome to Austria" text message when I got onto the true summit, as well. The views were spectacular. Highly recommended!
Good weather and shiny after a day of rain, a few hours up to the top, cant remember,and was greeted by Cold beers and Octoberfest up on the top! :) Great view
Took the Hollental Route through the gorge, across the glacier, and via ferreta to to the summit. Started at 0430, on the summit by 1130. Got blessed with amazing weather and awesome views
less than 4 hours nice climb
Wonderful climb in the bavarian and tirolean Alps. Views and landscapes are really amazing. Nice weather except on arrival on the final ridge. the hike is quite long from Ehrwalder Alm (approx 1500m) since it means with ups and downs about 1600 m to climb over 13 km, but path is very well marked. Steepest sections, (Gatterl short crossing) + the final 250m are well equiped with fixed lines (but avoid being there in case of thunderstorms danger of course whihc is not uncommon).
FromEhrwalder Bahn, just buy the gatterl ticket (36 euros in August 2016) so you can use ehrwalderalm cable car, cable car down from summit + bus , and if you want to cheat a bit (whihc I didn't do!) you can also use the cable car from sonnalpin to the summit to avoid the steepest last 400m section to climb (the firts part of it is really a steep scree slope before your reach at approx 2710m the continuous section on firm and easier ground wher you just have to follow fixed lines).
Really on of the finest climbs one can enjoy, but there are plenty of other longer and more difficult routes as well to consider on this mighty peak
Stood on top in my flip flops and enjoyed a very large German beer
Finally made the summit of Zugspitze. First 'attempt' back in 2003 barely got out the front door. Wanting to climb the mountain, rather than ride a tram. It was January and I was totally unprepared for the cold conditions. Got back to GPK last Thursday morning and set off through the Partnachklamm gorge. It was raining mildly from the beginning and didn't stop until I got to the Reintal hütte, at which point it began to snow in earnest. I made it to about 2300m, found the ridge with signs demarcating the Osterreich Deutschland border, but had no visibility and the trail was completely obscured. So I turned back and had a nice glissade. I thawed out at the hut and eventually got back to the trailhead after a few more hours of trudging through rain.
I thought I was busted and would have to make another trip back for the summit when I remembered. I could probably utilize the tram in the morning, make the summit and still get to Switzerland to meet my friend in the afternoon. So that's what I did. Coughed up €53 and took the shortcut. The weather was much better than the previous day when I labored up the Reintal. Despite over a hundred people at the summit station, no one went to the actual summit except me. I used my axe and crampons to break trail (all 10m of the way from the gate to the top) and basked in the glory of the tourists photo flashes!!
Left friends house in Ehrwald Austria and hiked east up to Steinernes Hüttl and ate lunch, then back west crossing into Germany and towards up towards the summit. Had a very good beer at the top.
long approach but fun via ferrata. didnt waste time climbing down, tram is the way to go!!!!
Crazy summit, reminded me of Mt. Washington, NH. Better restaurant though. My only real foray into Germany this trip. By about 20 yards. :-)
Took the train from Heilbronn, arrived at 11 pm in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Laced up my boots at the station and walked to the Olympic Stadium. Very dark, but perfect temperature for hiking. The Partnachklamm was unguarded at this time of night, and I walked through it for free. Couldn't see much, but the noise was loud and it was kind of freaky walking through this loud tunnel alone in the dark. I exited the Partnachklamm and continued along the trail, using the trail signs to continue on the Reintal. After about 3 hours (at 2 am) of walking, I was maybe 1-2 km from the Reintalangerhutte and I ducked into the trees and had a rest for a couple hours. I felt like I had made good time because it was very flat. I brought a 100 gm primaloft jacket for this purpose, so I put it on and went to sleep. I woke up before the sun, and started hiking as it began to get light. I passed the Reintalangerhutte before the sun came up, and started on a very steep section. above the hut would probably have been a better place to rest, more flat spots for a tent, in fact somebody had a tent set up up there. I think it's against the park rules, but who cares... I passed the Knorrhutte at 8 am, as most hikers were beginning their hike who had stayed there. They gave me an odd look, wondering where I had come from. I passed the slow ones and was at the glacier cable car station by 9. There were a lot of sheep up here, so be careful about drinking the water from the streams! The last section is the steepest. A bit of scree that is tedious, and then an easy via ferrata to the huge summit complex. I was at the summit by 10:15 but had to wait a half hour to stand with the summit cross because a bunch of tourists (the ones in loafers who were delivered here on the cable car) were having a tough time climbing up and down the ladder to the cross. I say: get on with it!! A terrible end to a tough hike, but I'm glad that I got it done. 25 km total distance, 2385 m gain.
Did not made it to the summit due to bad weather. We stopped at sonnalpin.