Ascent of Wendelstein on 2012-09-18

Climber: Lee Newton

Others in Party:Sarah Newton
Daniel Newton
Zoe Newton
Date:Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:1837 m / 6027 ft

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed on a family holiday to Tirol. The Wendelsteinbahn cog railway is a famous tourist attraction just over the border into Bavaria, Germany. We drove from our hotel on the Achensee in about 45 minutes and took the 25 minute ride on the 100 year old cog railway to the top station and restaurant at 1725m. We visited the chapel, the ice caves (no ice in late summer but a chilly 3C inside), and finally made the steep ascent on the concrete path to the summit. My 3 year old son Daniel walked the whole way by himself but had to be carried a little on the descent. My 16 month old daughter Zoe went the whole way on my back, and slept through most of it despite the superb views of the Bavarian plain to the North, and the Austrian Alps to the South. The top of the hill is sadly completely concreted over with an observatory and a television mast as well as two viewing platforms with viewpoint indicators. The number of other tourists was tolerable in late season and the restaurant was not bad considering the location. The twin chains of the Wilder and Zahmer Kaiser showed up well to the south east in addition to many other identifiable peaks. We were glad to have such a nice day (14C and sunny on top) as snow was forecast for the following day.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:113 m / 368 ft
    Distance:2 km / 1.2 mi
    Trailhead:Wendelstein Zahnradbahn Bergstation  1724 m / 5659 ft
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:20 Minutes

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