Zugspitze - Germany

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Zugspitze - Germany

Postby greatdane303 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:56 am

Has anyone been up Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany? Most tourist sites only talk about taking the tramways/lifts to the top and say it's too rugged to hike down. But another site mentions three hiking routes. I'm trying to find out if Zugspitze can be hiked in early September without special mountaineering gear?
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Postby jfox » Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:10 am

Contact Mountain Man Dan. He climbed it last year and is familiar with Germany.

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Postby scheelt » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:47 am

I climbed it last summer. You shouldn't need any special mountaineering gear. There is a glacier which is more of a giant snow field, crampons shouldn't be needed. From the glacier to the summit there is some exposure and depending on the route is probably class 3. I'll be there this weekend so if you want any specific information let me know and I'll get it for you. Send me an email, travis.scheel@moron.af.mil.
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Re: Zugspitze - Germany

Postby the_okie » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:10 pm

anything new on this mountain? My gf and I are talking about a trip to Germany next year and it would be nice to cross this off my list. I have the same first name as the first (recorded) guy to summit it, so it's like destiny or something.

She's physically fit but she doesn't do ropes...and frankly neither do I, though I'm at least a little more exposure-tolerant than she is.

I keep finding conflicting information regarding whether ropes are required and this glacier stuff. For every one that says it's there, there's another that says "only normal hiking gear required". Wish I could find a route description anything as detailed as what we have here on 14ers! Even a difficulty classification and exposure rating so I can compare to something I've seen would be nice.
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Re: Zugspitze - Germany

Postby thebeave7 » Sat Jun 22, 2013 8:17 pm

I went up the hollental route and down the normal route to Knorrhutte last year in June. We brought microspikes but didn't need them for the glacier. We used via ferrata gear for all the cabled sections of the hollental, but some people just scramble up it. There is definitely some exposure on the hollental route, the other side of the peak is a simple walk up.
Here are a bunch of photos from our traverse of the Zugspitze last year.

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