Alpspitze via KG-Weg and Höllentalklamm


Climbed peaks: Alpspitze (2620 m)

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Alpspitze via KG-Weg: Michael leading a pitch on the KG-Weg; Alpspitzbahn gondola in the background
Alpspitze via KG-Weg: Michael leading a pitch on the KG-Weg; Alpspitzbahn gondola in the background
Michael and I climbed the north face of the Alpspitze via the KG-Weg in the Wettersteingebirge near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I had done the climb a year earlier with Claus-Dieter but we contented with climbing the lower half only. This time it was all the way to the top!

Michael has posted a detailed trip report and thus lets me get away with just pointing out the highlights of a great day:

  • The lower half of the KG-Weg consists of 8 fun and well-protected IV+ pitches on solid rock.
  • The upper half has some crumbly rock. It is more secluded, less protected, and more alpine. There was still some snow and small streams where running down.
  • We ran down the Nordwand Ferrata (fun!) to miss the last gondola down to the car by 8 minutes (not funny!).
  • We descended the Hupfleitenjoch into the Höllental to the Höllentalangerhötte in an approaching thunderstorm. The sights of the Höllental and the Zugspitze where spectacular, the mist and the thunder added an eerie feeling to the scenery.
  • We walked out through the tunnels and over the bridges amidst the thunderous waterfalls of the Höllentalklamm in the looming nightfall. The canyon is especially spectacular during and shortly after a heavy rain fall as water is running down from the walls everywhere. It was here that I really regretted putting on a cotton shirt in the morning when I was still believing we would go rock climbing in the sun...
  • Finished off a great day with milkshakes and greasy food at McDonalds in Garmisch.

Timing: Start in Munich at 7am, took the first gondola up at 8:30am, started climbing at 9am, summit at 4pm, back down at gondola at 5:08pm, at Höllentalangerhütte at 7pm(?), back at car at 9pm, back in Munich at 10pm.