Quite often we receive inquiries from mountain enthusiasts who have long dreamed of climbing the Jubiläumsgrat. Understandable, after all, this high alpine mountain tour is one of the absolute dream tours that you can experience in the Werdenfelser Alpen in terms of its breathtaking impressions and the thrill of crossing a ridge. Not only because it leads from Germany's highest peak - the Zugspitze - over to the landmark of Garmisch-Partenkirchen - the Alpspitze - but also because it is not a classic mountain or via ferrata tour. The biggest misunderstanding is, that people expect the route to be a via ferrata. Of course, a few rope-insured passages with via ferrata difficulties up to "C/D" are also included, but most of the ridge crossing takes place freely or you climb in a constant up and down to the lower III level of difficulty.
So you definitely need climbing experience, especially downhill, and should feel absolutely safe on the rock until the third degree of difficulty. Since the total of 6 kilometers of ridge crossing takes place in an altitude range of almost 3,000 to 2,600 meters, a very good condition is also required to cope well with the oxygen-poor air. Even if you go downhill from the Zugspitze to the finish on the Alpspitzbahn, you are at a heigth of 2,000 meters in total, the constant counter-climbs accumulate a good 1,100 meters of altitude, which want to be overcome in mostly very exposed terrain. This exposure, which accompanies you on almost the entire tour, also represents a psychological stress factor that should not be underestimated. It makes a big difference whether you have to master an exposed key point or whether you look for hours into partly steeply sloping rock flanks. Thus, a supposedly easy 2-person climb can suddenly appear much more demanding. Especially if you are physically exposed to a higher load due to the thinner mountain air. Last but not least, the constant changes between ascent and descent lead tot he fact, that this tour will be hard than it seems in the beginning.
Whether you have to split the tour into pieces or run it as a whole, the organism is burdened in different kinds. On this route you should be used to constant load changes. Unfortunately, there have been more frequent mountain rescue missions in recent years, because many mountaineers underestimate the requirements of the tour.
The ridge does not forgive any wrong planning here, as there is only one descent possibility on the entire route via the Brunntalgrat (direction Reintal / Knorrhütte), which is also technically not to be underestimated. On about half of the ridge there is a bivouac box, but this is only intended for real emergencies and should not be planned as an overnight camp. So you should know exactly what to expect on the tour and prepare accordingly. That's exactly why we have this tour in our program. If you are not quite sure whether your condition and technical skills are sufficient for the anniversary ridge, you will find the answer on this preparation tour.
In the morning we take the first Alpspitzbahn to the mountain station, walk from there over the easy via ferrata of the Alpspitze to the summit and enjoy the huge view of the Werdenfelser Land and also of the destination of our dreams – the Jubigrat. This ascent as well as the following descent into the Grießkar also form the final part of the anniversary ridge, so that you are right in the original terrain of the tour – undoubtedly a real advantage when it comes to planning and assessment. Shortly after the Grießkarscharte, however, our path leads away from the Jubilee Ridge and we turn towards the ascent to the Hochblassen. Your mountain guide will build in appropriate exercises and give valuable hints to improve your technique. The goal of the tour is clearly that as an aspirant you know exactly where you stand in terms of your condition and technique and which skills you may have to hone a little more in order to master the anniversary ridge safely and above all with fun & joy. Ultimately, that's the goal we all strive for in the mountains. On this tour, in contrast to the anniversary ridge, the mountain guide can take two participants with him, so that you can also complete the tour together with your mountain partner.
information about the tour:
- duration: 1 day
- maximum number of participants: 2 participant per mountain guide
- cable cars: about 37,-€ for ascent/descent
- parking fees: variable
- accommodation/Meals: -
- other admissions: -
- included services: guided tour by state. gepr. mountain guide
- included rental equipment: climbing equipment
requirements for participants:
- condition: 8-10 hours of walking in alpine terrain
- technique: sure-footedness, a head for heights, safe climbing in the II. to III. degree of difficulty is an advantage
- miscellaneous: -
- mountain boots at least category B/C
- weatherproof clothing
- lightweight backpack
- country: Germany