Zugspitze Climber's Log

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Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - Aug 22, 2004 10:15 am

Route Climbed: Hoellental Date Climbed: August 22nd 2004  Sucess!

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...

JohnQuimby - Aug 8, 2004 6:02 pm

Route Climbed: Ehrwald - Wiener/Neust. Hutte Date Climbed: 3 August 2004  Sucess!

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.


Benno - Jul 31, 2004 9:16 am

Route Climbed: Reintal - Summit - Wiener Neustädter Hut - Ehrwald Date Climbed: 10th-12th December 2003  Sucess!

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.


pingzingr - Jul 15, 2004 10:38 am

Route Climbed: Hollental Date Climbed: 1985  Sucess!

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.


mcc - Nov 22, 2003 8:29 am

Route Climbed: Hollental Date Climbed: 24. May 2002  Sucess!

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

Erik Van Genechten

Erik Van Genechten - Oct 7, 2003 4:13 pm

Route Climbed: Jubiläumsgrat Date Climbed: 03 October 2003  Sucess!

Great route, limited view due to clouds.


vbeckman74 - May 30, 2003 7:56 am

Route Climbed: hoellental route Date Climbed: may 2002  Sucess!

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.


theis - Feb 26, 2003 5:36 am

Route Climbed: German side Date Climbed: 15/6/94  Sucess!

Nice climb in day from Grainau

Antony Walker

Antony Walker - May 30, 2002 5:00 am

Route Climbed: Hoellental Face Date Climbed: 29 June 2001  Sucess!

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)!


PeterCorneliusSpaeth - Apr 24, 2002 1:03 pm

Route Climbed: Hoellental Ferrata and Reintal Date Climbed: 1998, 1999  Sucess!

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...


Rahel Maria Liu

Rahel Maria Liu - Jan 2, 2002 8:53 am

Route Climbed: E-ridge Date Climbed: winter 2000 and 2001  Sucess!

wonderful view, much snow

Dan - Oct 22, 2001 4:08 am

Route Climbed: Erwald- Wiener/Neust.Hütte-summit Date Climbed: 20.10.01  Sucess!

Make sure to approach the Zugspitze from the Austrian side. It is less crowded- I only met 4 other people on the way up.( you will meet at least 100 on the bavarien side!!!). For German proportions you will find a great view of the central Alps and can also whitness the phenomena that it is very often bad weather in Italy while ths sun is out on the north side of the Alps. Change of alt. from Ehrwald to the top is about 1800 meters. You start at the cablecar( Ehrwalder Zugspitzbahn)It is supposed to take 6 Hours to the top but if it takes you more than 4 you should see your doc if there is anything wrong with you.

Above the Wiener/Neust.(closed in wintertime) hut you will find a lot of iron in the rock.

be prepared to a very special summit experience once you get to the top. There you will find some noisy resturants and a complex german engeneered building( good Quality!)and a lot of japanese tourists that look at you in disbelive...

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