Johannes R headed home on the train in the morning and Johannes D and I went for a speedy walk/run. We headed up to Hochkalter. It’s a challenging walk with some unsecured free climbing sections. We did the entire trip in 5:30 hours which seemed pretty good as the guide said 6 hours in one direction.

Heading off (Hochkalter Aug 2019)About to scramble (Hochkalter Aug 2019)

Above left: Johannes and I set off for another day mission, this time up the mountain Hochkalter. Above right: There were some scrambly bits along the way. This is just before an ungraded steep scramble.

On the ridge (Hochkalter Aug 2019)

Above: We reached the ridge above the hut and continued up the rocky ascent.

Johannes climbing the rocky graded section (Hochkalter Aug 2019)

Above: There was another section of climbing. This time enough that it is graded UIAA II so not difficult. We took care on the section and continued.

Johannes on the rock(Hochkalter Aug 2019)

Above: We continued ascending.

Johannes looking pooped at the gipfelkreuz (Hochkalter Aug 2019)

Above: We got to the summit pretty quickly.

Cris at the Hochkalter summit (Hochkalter Aug 2019)

Above: Posing at the Hochkalter summit.

Johannes and rock (Hochkalter Aug 2019)A lake to cool off in (Hochkalter Aug 2019)

Above left: It was then back down into the valley Above right: We took a dip in the lake to cool off.

Watzmann Überschreitung

I headed to Berchtersgarten with the two Johannes’s. It being a very touristy area it took us a while to find a campsite that wasn’t full. We found one and I cooked us dinner on my camping cooker. On Saturday did the Watzmann Ueberschreitung. It’s a walk high up in the hills along a long ridge. It’s one of those classic tours that you have to do at some point. It was good fun.

We ascended quickly to a hut and then continued on at a good pace. Johannes D went ahead on the descent and I followed a bit behind, jogging once we joined the valley floor. We all caught up at a hut for a drink before walking the remaining 10km + back out.

Heading up (Watzmann Überschreitung Aug 2019)Steps (Watzmann Überschreitung Aug 2019)

Above left: We climbed quickly into the hills. Above right: The path was a well formed European thing.

Cris (Watzmann Überschreitung Aug 2019)

Above: It turned into a rocky ascent with the route painted onto the rock.

Taking a break (Watzmann Überschreitung Aug 2019)Mountain through a mountain (Watzmann Überschreitung Aug 2019)

Above left: Johannes D and I taking a break to wait for Johannes R. Above right: Mountain through a mountain.

Red marks the way (Watzmann Überschreitung Aug 2019)

Above: The route isn’t technically difficult but it is exposed in parts.

Goats in the hills (Watzmann Überschreitung Aug 2019)

Above: Meeting the local wildlife.

Johannes at the cross (Watzmann Überschreitung Aug 2019)

Above: Johannes R at the cross.

Zugspitze July 2018

Johannes and I drove to Munich on Saturday collecting Brendan and some boots for Johannes there before driving on to Garmisch-Partenkirchen where we camped the night.

On Sunday we got up at 5 am and by 6:30 am we began walking up towards Zugspitze. We followed the route through the Höllentalschlucht and up to the Höllentalangerhütte. We then continued on to a small section of klettersteig. From there it was a wander up to the Höllentalferner. We put on crampons where the stones turned to snow and walked up the perhaps 100 vertical metres to the start of the second klettersteig section. From there it was fairly slow going due to the high traffic. Brendan and I snuck past and romped up to the summit. We sat there and waited for Johannes and watched the streams of tourists coming from the gondola and walking the few metres to the summit to claim that they have been on top of Germany’s highest mountain. The summit really wasn’t nice. The whole area was like a huge shopping complex. There were restaurants and whatnot.

Still we made use of the infrastructure and took the gondola back down. We looked at the nearby lake before taking a train back to the car and driving back to Lindau.

The ascent took us around 6 hours with stops (there weren’t many).


Map of route

Above: A map of our route (Kompass Wanderkarte)

Walking (Zugspitze July 2018)

Above: We drove to Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday and camped the evening there. We ate out in the evening and I ordered Kaiserschmarrn for dessert to ensure that I would be fully charged in the morning. We set off from the carpark about 6:30am eager to avoid the crowds.

A lot of walking (Zugspitze July 2018)

Above: After an hour or so we reached the Höllentalschlucht. This is a ravine maybe 800m long with plenty of water from above and tunnels through the rock.

Johannes and Brendan walking (Zugspitze)Crossing the first klettersteig (Zugspitze July 2018)

Above left: We passed the Höllentalangerhütte around breakfast time and continued on despite Johannes calling for second breakfast. We stopped at the first klettersteig for this. Above right: We passed the Höllentalangerhütte around breakfast time and continued on despite Johannes calling for second breakfast. We stopped at the first klettersteig for this.

About to get onto the second klettersteig (Zugspitze)Looking down to the glacier (Zugspitze July 2018)

Above left: We reached and crossed the Höllentalferner using crampons (not strictly required for the snow conditions but nice to have). We didn’t rope up (I left the glacier rope in the car) and only saw one party doing this. There were some visible crevasses though so depending on the time of year it might pay to put a rope on. The climb across the glacier was just 200 m or so. We took off our crampons and put our harnesses back on for the last ferrata section. Above right: There were plenty of other people doing the route as well. Although we had left early many were doing it in two days so had left from the Höllentalangerhütte in the morning.

Johannes leads the way (Zugspitze July 2018)Cloud coming in (Zugspitze July 2018)

Above left: The second klettersteig was not hard either and there was a nice view back down to the glacier below. Above right: The cloud came in a bit at times but the weather was generally ok.


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