Only a few days to go before we head off to climb Germany’s highest mountain with the HANWAG ALPINE EXPERIENCE 2016. Four teams with completely different levels of fitness and experience are climbing the Zugspitze by four different routes.

We want all participants to reach the summit, whether they are absolute beginners or experienced alpinists. We’re taking care of the organisation and arrangements. And together with our partners, the Mountain Elements mountain guides, we’ll be supplying all the equipment for the teams. Of course, wearing the right footwear is crucial. As such, the HANWAG ALPINE EXPERIENCE is no different to any other mountain route – with the right footwear everyone can make it to the summit.


Reintal route

Target group:
Mountaineers with less experience but a good level of fitness

The right footwear:
The Hanwag Chilkat GTX® is the ideal choice for terrain such as that found on the Reintal route. This lightweight, breathable boot has a supportive category B/C sole that is suitable for challenging hikes in the mountains and off-trail use.


Stopselzieher (Corkscrew) route

Target group:
Via ferrata fans with some experience of steep terrain

The right footwear:
The Hanwag Lime Rock GTX® provides the right amount of flexibility for via ferratas and mountain routes such as the Stopselzieher. A low-cut, technical shoe with a climbing zone at the tip of the (category B) outsole, it is perfectly at home in steep, rugged terrain.
For less experienced participants, we recommend the Ferrata Combi GTX®.


Höllental route

Target group:
Bold budding mountaineers

The right footwear:
The lightweight Hanwag Ferrata Combi GTX® is the right boot for conditions such as those found on the Zugspitze’s Höllental route. Its category C sole is hybrid (semi-automatic) crampon-compatible and provides the required lateral support and stiffness to allow sure-footed movement, including on via ferratas.



Target group:
Experienced alpinists

The right footwear:
The Hanwag Badile Combi II GTX® provides good comfort and maximum precision for routes such as the Zugspitze’s high-alpine “Jubilee Arête”. As an extremely lightweight, hybrid/semi-automatic crampon-compatible boot, it’s perfect for alpine routes with short sections of ice. Its category C sole provides the required stiffness for experienced alpinists.


We’ve got the right footwear for everyone

To help us to find the correct size, please bring your own mountain boots with you.

Hanwag has the right boots for all types of feet, no matter how unusual they are. The secret lies in our tried and tested lasts and special lasts.

To find the right footwear, you just need to be clear about the shape of your own feet. Find your last

Kit list

Please bring the following with you:

• Functional clothing for mountaineering, wet weather gear and an insulation layer
• A spare set of clothing for your overnight stay at the mountain hut/ HANWAG bivouac shelter
• Thin and thick gloves, a warm hat or beanie
• Sun protection, a pair of good quality sunglasses and sunscreen
• Head torch
• Rucksack (no bigger than 35-40 litres)
• Hut sleeping bag liner/ sleeping bag (if sleeping at the HANWAG bivouac shelter)
• If required: personal medication (the mountain guides carry a first aid kit with them)
• Two drinks bottles (minimum 1.5 litres per bottle)

Our event partner Mountain Elements will provide all technical equipment, such as helmets, via ferrata sets, carabiners, ice tools, crampons and trekking poles.

We’ll provide all meals and drinks for all participants. Participants are responsible for carrying their own personal water supply while en route. We recommend taking at least 3 litres.
Our mountain guides will check our equipment the evening before we start.