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.
Via Ferrata up, cog rail down.
Climbed from Ehrwald, Austria in snowy condition. Happy to be the only team on the summit.
Climbed the Zugspitze with two friends (one with son) last week. Original aim was to do the Hollental route, but due to the hut closure and not everyone being confident on doing it in a day, we opted for the Ehrwald route as being the likely shortest in time. Started 0700 from Ehrwald station off the first train from Garmisch and arrived at the top 1330 after a leisurely climb. Ferrata wasn't difficult so did it without clipping in, though did make use of the rope and steel spikes.
After eating at the Austrian cafe three of us made our way down by cable car or train but I was mad enough to carry on and attempt to descend to Garmisch via the Reintal leaving the summit at 1500 eventually arriving back down at 2200. A very long day but I've had this one on my todo list since 2009 so worth it!
I climbed this peak with a friend via the Höllentalroute on a beautiful autumn day. Great treecolors in de valley, nice snow on the summit and klettersteig. The glacier was a bit icy so we fortunately didn't bring our crampons and ice axe for nothing. It was a long day from hammersbach to the summit. The klettersteig was sometimes covered under the snow which created some tricky parts. We summited just before sunset and slept on the platt. We had the route and the summit for our selves! We stood up quite early to watch sunrise from the summit. Magnificient views. The route down to Ehrwald/Eibsee was also beautiful, but early in the morning with some icy parts.
Had an awesome time climbing this high point from Hammertal. The entire trip is beautiful. Got some crazy looks from the Germans because I traversed the glacier without crampons (not recommended) but quickly made friends with them after their initial shock. ran into a bit of a traffic jam above glacier but it was fun to chat with the fellow climbers. Toasts abounded on summit with BERGHEIL being bellowed at the top of our lungs. Then ate at restaurant before heading back down via ridge route. LONG DAY!!!
Five hours climb from Ehrwald. I prefer this route on hot summer days, as this is completely in shadow.
Spent the night at Reintalangerhütte, then summited the following day in thick fog. Had no views all day long. Bad luck.
Very nice experience and demanding, there was still quite some snow at the begining of June.
summited in november 2011 and november 2012. 2011 - good weather, sunny, not wind, little snow. 2012 - bad weather, wind 65-70 km/h, many snow, cold.
Single push through the night ascend via Reintal route.
It was a wonderful trip after a night out, since I started very late from Ehrwald (after a trip to Osterfelderkopf from GaPa). I slept in my sleeping bag underneath overhang at the place where there is a bench with (supposedly) nice view over the valley. I came there in deep night with my headlamp at 9:15 p.m. I wanted to sleep in the Wiener Neustadter huette, but could not then find the way further in fog and in the dark, so I slept there. The next day there was a wonderful inversion - clouds were solely in valleys underneath. I came to the huette, ate there, rested for a while after a night out and went on to the Klettersteig. It was actually quite easy. The only obstacle was the fresh snow. For the way back I used the cable car. It was a wonderful trip for me.
Cogwheel train to Sonn Alp than hike to the summit.
Unfortunately not the time of year for climbing. Still I wanted to visit the high point of Germany. Without any true effort on my part, it might be only fair that I couldn't got to the true summit cross which was 5 or 10 meters higher. I could see a way to get there but the unconsolidated snow covering the ferrata helped me decide not to try it.
Even with the people on the summit the Höllental is worth it.
Started from Ehrwald and attempted this. Too much snow on route, 3 feet covered the via ferrata cables. Then descended and took the chairlift.
From Garmisch train station - Knorrhütte (6h) where we slept on Saturday. Knorrhütte - summit (2h) - Knorrhütte - Gatterl - Ehrwald on Sunday. Sunny weather, some clouds. Beautiful walk through the Reintal valley.
Started from the parking lot at Kreuzberg at 6 o'clock. Superb weather and many people on the route most of them starting from Höllentalhütte. Reached the top after 6 hours. Had planned on climbing Jübiläumsgrat the next day, but weather was not too good, so I rode the train down in the afternoon.
Alex and I had a great trip - teamed up with Robert from Colerado and his girlfriend, son and friend.
We were slow but sucessfull