Ascent of Wendelstein on 2012-09-18
|Others in Party:||Sarah Newton|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 18, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1837 m / 6027 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportClimbed 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|
| Time Up:||30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||20 Minutes|
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