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Ascent of Brocken on 2012-05-06

Climber: Brian Friedrich

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Brocken
    Location:Germany
    Elevation:1140 m / 3743 ft

Ascent Trip Report

On a drive from Spa-Francorchamps to Berlin, I decided to tag off 3 German highpoints today, this being the last of the three.

I parked at the Schierke Bahnhof station and then followed the trail (gravel road) that parallels the train, slowly rising, for about 4.5km. A fairly rocky/blocky trail then heads steeply to the right for about 1km to meet the paved road and the final 1km to the summit area. There are a multitude of paths and routes to the top and all branches are very well marked. I was happy that everything was easy to follow as I started out at 8PM and got back to the car by 10:05PM (the trail is considerably more challenging in darkness, but still not a "problem" to follow. Unfortunately, it was whited-out and misting for most of my hike, making the rocks and wooden walkways quite slick.

In looking at the map at this trailhead, it seems that a shorter route starts from the end of the Schierke village, likely saving a few kilometres round-trip (most of it being the railway grade road...).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:400 m / 1312 ft
    Distance:13 km / 8.1 mi
    Trailhead:Schierke Bahnhof  740 m / 2431 ft
    Grade/Class:Hike
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Breezy, White-out
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 14 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:40 Minutes



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