At the high peak of the hiking and mountaineering season at the end of September – also known as autumn – Hanwag invited mountain enthusiasts to the Zugspitze (2962 m) for the Hanwag Alpine Experience 2019. Participants from ten countries climbed Germany’s highest mountain by four different routes.
For only the second time in the history of the Hanwag Alpine Experience since it started in 2014, the teams were able to attempt all four of the classic routes. A total of 40 mountaineers made their way to the summit in four groups via the Reintal (Rein Valley), the Höllental (Hell Valley), the Stopselzieher (Corkscrew) and the Jubiläumsgrat (Jubilee Arête). Autumn in Bavaria showed its best side by providing with slightly windy, but dry and stable conditions. And there were plenty of white-blue skies on hand too.
Eleven mountain guides from Hanwag partner mountaineering school Mountain Elements accompanied the largest group up through the Reintal to the summit. The smallest group – with just two participants and two mountain guides – climbed the Jubiläumsgrat from the Alpspitze to the summit of the Zugspitze. Due to the serious, alpine nature of the “Jubi Grat”, all the mountaineering schools surrounding the Zugspitze have agreed only to climb the exposed ridge on a one-to-one guide/client basis.
All four groups converged at the summit cross early on the afternoon of the second day to celebrate the successful ascent before rounding off the Hanwag Alpine Experience with a fine autumn evening barbecue on the shores of Lake Eibsee.
Christian Wittig, Marketing Director International at Hanwag was very positive about the whole 2019 Hanwag Alpine Experience: “We had the weather on our side this year. The drop in temperatures and snowfall over the past few weeks made us think we might experience difficult conditions as we have in recent years, when we had to strike the Jubiläumsgrat from the programme. This means I’m even more delighted that we could climb all four routes this year – and in fantastic weather too. Most important of all though, I’m happy that all participants made it up and down (by cable car) safe and sound.”