/ Alpspitze KG-Weg Advice
My partner and I are heading down to Garmisch Partenkirchen on 7th September and looking to get in a few routes in the area. We were thinking of doing KG Weg (http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/c.php?i=195503) but looking at the guidebook it appears there is a snowfield between the lower and upper sections. Has anyone climbed this route around this time and do you need to take winter gear for the snowfield? I'm not loving the idea of lugging my boots & crampons up with me just for a short snow section!
I have done "Sonntagsausflug" just left of the KG-Weg a couple of years ago. In August, there is no snow left, it's just a large scree field which you have to cross carefully to get to the upper section. So definitly no winter gear required. However, September is quite late so it might actually snow up there. But then it's too cold and wet anyway... All the routes there have bolted belays and the harder sections have quite a few bolts in them. zou might want to take a small rack but if you're fine on easier ground, you probably won't need it!
If you've got a car and it's too cold higher up, it's a lovely day climbing here:
about 30 min drive from Garmisch, the summit is 1700 m, walk-in about 1.5 h and the climbs are extremely well bolted on solid rock, all south-facing. There are over 80 routes in all grades.
Some pictures: http://www.bergzeit-kletterteam.de/ein-wahres-sahnestuckchen-der-ross-und-buchstein/2123
Went there a few years ago in mid-late Jun and there was quite a lot of snow, although it cleared quickly. Didn't do that climb but did do an easier one further right and finished up the Alpspitze klettersteig to the summit. No need at all for winter gear when I was there - I think it's worth a punt without it and it looks like a great route.
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