Ascent of Zugspitze on 2017-08-04

Climber: Caj Svensson

Others in Party:Eva
Date:Friday, August 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:9718 ft / 2962 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started out from the hotel in Garmich-Partenkirchen in the dark, drove to the Hammersbach trailhead and parked on the parking lot close to the trailhead. The payment is in cash or with the German international EC card. This card is only accepted in Germany and maybe in Austria. No MasterCard or Visa payment in this machine. The payment is only allowed for the times posted on the machine. For instance three or five Euro is OK but not four.

We left at about 4:10 with headlamps and hiked up the Höllental along the Hammersbach to the Höllentalanger hut. The Höllental canyon was a bit wet but we didn't get the rain gear on. We reached the hut after just under two hours. The sun was coming up when we passed the hut.
Followed the nice trail to the first Via Ferrata part. It was easy to climb with som parts really exposed. Then up in the skree to the glacier. We saw a few people taking a rest in the last green spots before it was all rock. We got the crampons out and crossed the glacier, navigating around the open crevasses. Most other people looked like it was their first walk with crampons.
There wasn't any bergschrund so we went from the glacier straight onto the 2nd Via Ferrata part. It started out with a few rock moves before getting easier. This part is long and at the end, it isn't exposed and the climbing is really easy. We gave up the VF slings. When getting to the top, we had to stay in a line for the photo position by the cross. We summited at 11.
A lunch at the top and a beer before getting back down by a short aerial tramway and then the train through the mountain. After a train connection in Grainau, we were back at the trailhead. A coke and a cup of coffee before driving back to the hotel.
We got really good information about the trail and the current state of it from WN Alpin in Garmich-Partenkichen. We rented the VF slings from them as well.
A nice day at the mountain with some sun and not that many people along the climb. A big crowd at the top though.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7392 ft / 2253 m
    Total Elevation Loss:167 ft / 50 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Rock Climb, Glacier Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7392 ft / 2253 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 7225 ft / 2203 m; Extra: 167 ft / 50m
    Loss on way in:167 ft / 50 m
    Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Hammersbach  2493 ft / 759 m
    Time:7 Hours 
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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