Ascent of Alpspitze on 1991-07-22
|Date:||Monday, July 22, 1991|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8622 ft / 2627 m|
Ascent Trip ReportClimbed 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|
| Gain on way in:||5906 ft / 1800 m|
| Route:||via ferrata|
| Start Trailhead:||2716 ft / 827 m|
| Time:||5 Hours 30 Minutes|
| 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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