Type: Trad, Alpine, 1500 ft (455 m), Grade IV
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Mike Dahlquist on Jun 11, 2018
Admins: Shawn Heath

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The ridge between the Zugspitze and the Alpspitze (essentially the east ridge of the Zugspitze).  Can be done in summer as a rock scramble (extra credit for avoiding the via ferrata cables) or in winter as a mixed climb.  More of a ridge traverse than a vertical climb, can be done east-->west or west-->east.  Lots of up and down in either direction, but if you go from the Zugspitze you'll be losing more elevation than what you gain.


We took the Eibsee Seilbahn to the top of the Zugspitze and followed the ridge across and down to the Alpspitze.  If you are fast enough (we weren't) and are so inclined, you can take the Alpspitze lift down (or the Eibsee Seilbahn if going in the opposite direction).  The Höllentalgrathütte has beds for four and is located approximately halfway along the route.


Via ferrata cables that can easily be avoided in the steepest sections, though they'd probably be covered in snow and ice in all but the driest winters.