Ascent of Alpspitze on 1991-07-22

Climber: Jan Triska

Date:Monday, July 22, 1991
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:8622 ft / 2627 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed this very exciting peak by the 'via ferrata', on my summer 91' trip through Austria and the Bavarian Alps. It was a big day - started in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, walked to the edge of town, started in the early morning at the main trailhead and wound my way up the forest trail. Midway up, the meadows started and I eventually reached the hut. From the hut, the going got tougher, eventually getting into the high alpine and some rocky, steep terrain. From the German side, Alpsitze is a scramble, albeit with the help of these metal hoops and chains placed along the way - otherwise we'd be dealing with a Class 4 to 5 terrain and a roped climb would be the only option, in some stretches. This is simultaneously the beauty and the controversy with the Alps; they're very accessible, despite their size. I took the gondola part way down, from the mid-point station.
Summit views = some of the best I've seen, even years afterwards. I was a 19-year old kid on my big Europe backpack tour, without any experience, so a day like this, with scaling a big peak and a 1800-m elevation gain, that sure made an impression. The beers tasted great afterwards.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5906 ft / 1800 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5906 ft / 1800 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2, via ferrata
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5906 ft / 1800 m
    Route:via ferrata
    Start Trailhead:2716 ft / 827 m
    Time:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5906 ft / 1800 m
    Route:same as ascent
    End Trailhead:2716 ft / 827 m
    Time:3 Hours 

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