Winter is with us. And winter conditions mean challenging winter mountaineering. This year’s Hanwag Alpine Experience saw temperatures down to minus ten degrees Celsius and 30 centimetres of fresh snow. Hanwag invited 45 guests – customers, media representative and competition winners to climb the 2,962-metre Zugspitze on Tuesday, 19 September. They were accompanied by mountain guides from the Mountain Elements mountaineering school. Due to the winter conditions, it was possible to ascend via the Reintal and Stopselzieher routes only.
What an exciting week for participants in the Hanwag Alpine Experience 2017. After making their way to the Bavarian Alps from all over the world, first up on Sunday, was to meet with the Mountain Elements alpine guides to hear about the conditions and discuss the routes. During the detailed briefing, it was decided unanimously that, once again, it would not be possible to climb the Zugspitze by all four planned routes. Given the sub-zero temperatures and fresh snowfall, the
Jubliäumsgrat (Jubilee Ridge) and Höllental (Hell Valley) would be too dangerous. Instead, the 45 mountaineers and the
guides were going to head for the summit via the Reintal and Stopselzieherroute (Corkscrew route), carrying winter
equipment and wearing Hanwag MAKRA COMBI GTX® mountaineering boots.
Despite the conditions, all participants reached the summit by midday. This is the first time that no one has had to drop out or turn back during a Hanwag Alpine Experience. Not even this year’s record-breaking winter conditions – minus ten degrees Celsius and 30 centimeters of fresh snow – could stop the teams. Once all participants had made their way back down safely by the Zugspitzbahn, this proved another good reason to celebrate on the Tuesday evening with a lively barbecue at the Eibseealm.