8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return
Start/Finish at Farchant, 672m
Highest point reached was 1814m, summit of Brünstelskopf.
Round distance circa 20 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 1280 m
Total time from start to finish of 8hrs 45 mins
Weather was warm and sunny.
My June hiking trip from Farchant was in very hot weather which limited my choice of routes. One peak above others, the Brünstelskopf, (right), with the Brünstlkreuz just in front of it, had kept presenting themselves as a route for me. They were visible from my Gasthof bedroom balcony, and from almost anywhere in the lovely village! But the distance to the summit had decided me to wait for cooler weather. So my October trip, when I hoped for at least a few days of the classic sunny, cool and very clear Bavarian mountain weather was an ideal opportunity to go for these two peaks.

After my superb stay in June I was pleased to be booked back into the Gasthof Alter-Wirt. This time for a ten day trip on my own as I hoped to be able to take rest days when bad weather came, just walking on good days.
Brünstelskopf
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8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
Sign post to Brünstelskopf Spring sign on Brünstelskopf track Last Spring before Brünstelskopf
The weather forecast for the first few days of my trip was exactly what I wanted. In fact my whole stay was to see superb Autumn hiking weather, allowing me to choose rest days to fit in with my plans. And those plans were to spend every hiking day attempting a route that would push me a little more than the year's previous hikes had done. I wanted to test myself more on exposed ridges, small Klettersteigs and across the North face of the Alpspitze during the ten days, (a route I must be OK on for a planned 2006 climb to the summit of that superb 2628m high pyramid formation peak that overlooks Garmish-Partenkirchen).

But these thoughts were in the back of my mind as I left Farchant in the dark, for the long route I needed an early start. I had used the first part of the route before when climbing the Scharfkopf in June, but was soon on new forest paths as the sun rose. It was interesting to past the "last Spring before summit", which I didn't need and wondered if it was really safe drinking water. The general rule being only drink from springs above all huttes and grazing animal pastures: criteria I think this spring met.
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8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
Track to Brünstelskopf Track to Brünstelskopf
The track climbed steeply up the side of a ridge, crossed a forest road, (the last of several), and then headed up the ridge towards the Brünstlkopf. It was steep enough in places for me to scramble a few metres as the going got rockier and steeper. 8th October hike continued














8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
Track to Brünstelskopf Brünstelkreuz Summit
One last steep section, and I was on the summit of the Brünstlkreuz. At 1734m more than 1,000 metres above my Farchant starting point. I had started slowly, but got better as I warmed up, and in the end made good time to this point. It was pleasing to have started my trip by reaching this cross on the first morning: it had rather tantalised me every day on my June trip!
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8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
Brünstelkreuz Summit
I didn't spend long on the summit as I wanted to get higher: at least to the top of the Brünstelskopf. So I was soon looking back to the Brünstlkreuz summit cross.
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8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
View from track to Brünstelskopf Track to Brünstelskopf
The track from Brünstlkreuz had dropped a short way, before starting to climb again. The views were improving all the time as height was gained, made better by the superb sunny and very clear weather. The track followed a fairly broad ridge and did get a little stony at times, but was certainly not taxing: which was quite welcome to me!
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8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
Brünstelskopf Summit
I was soon on the top of the Brünstelskopf at 1814m. No summit cross, just a post with signs to the various routes that merged here. One going straight on over an unamed kopf to the Gr. Zunderkopf and the Vdr. Felderkopf.
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8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
Notkarspitze Track to Brünstelskopf
To the left was a good view of the tracks up to the Notkarspitze, as I continued up and over the unamed kopf with the intention of getting to the summit of the Gr. Zunderkopf. But tiredness and then severe thigh cramps made me decide I had done enough for my first day, so I turned to climb back up over the small kopf before retracing my earlier steps.
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8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
View from near Brünstlskreuz
An energy bar and some more Isotonic drink revived me nicely, and on this lovely day I descended gently giving me the time to enjoy the great view back down to Farchant.
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8th October: Farchant - Brünstlkreuz - Brünstelskopf - (Zunderkopf) and return continued
Descending the forested ridge below the Brünstlkreuz. View from near Brünstlskreuz
I was soon back into the forest where the track was narrow and just a little exposed in places as it came down the side of the ridge. But all too soon I was back in Farchant after a great day's hiking.
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return
Start/Finish at Kreuzeck Bergstation, 1650m
Highest point reached was 1924m, summit of Stuibenkopf.
Round distance circa 14 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 700m
Total time from start to finish of 5hrs 30 mins
Weather was warm and sunny

My intention for this whole trip was to gain more experience in the higher up Alpine areas. So on another superb morning I held back my impatience to have a very quick breakfast before catching the local bus into Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A quick change outside of the railway station and another of the excellent town buses took me onto the Talstation, (valley station), of the Kreuzeckbahn cable car. I had made up my mind before coming on this trip that I would make better use of the cable cars to get me higher up into the terrain I wanted to hike in. The immediate benefit of being whisked up from 700m to 1650m in just over ten minutes was that the first photos of the day were of stunning views! View from Kreuzeck
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return continued
Zugspitze from Kreuzeck Alpspitze from Kreuzeck
Those views included, (left) Germany's highest, the Zugspitze 2962m, and the stunning form of the Alpspitze 2628m.
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return continued
Bernadeinsteig Bernadeinsteig
My plan was to hike to the Stuibenspitze, along the lovely Bernadeinsteig, which first dropped around 150m to the 1500m contour. The track was quite good with only some slight exposure in limited places.
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Stuibenhutte and Stuibenspitze
In wonderful weather, and after the first steep section I reached the (closed), Stuibenhutte, with the near 300m steep ascent up to the Stuibenspitze behind it. This was a very quiet area with no obvious track after the Hutte, so I just followed what looked like sections of track on the climb.
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return continued
Stuibenspitze Summit Cross
The last section to the summit was very steep, but well worth the effort to arrive at the summit cross
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View from Stuibenspitze Summit
The view to the North was great, but that from the adjoining Stuibenkopf summit was to be even better!
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return continued
Stuibenspitze Summit from Stuibenkopf Summit
But first I had to descend that steep eastern side of the Stuibenspitze, (the right hand side slope in this photo of Stuibenspitze taken from the summit of the Stuibenkopf), then head across a narrow saddle. A fairly steep ascent of a rocky path then along grassy slopes to the top of the Stuibenkopf, a few metres higher than the adjacent "spitze".
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Stuibenspitze Summit from Stuibenkopf Summit
Just below the summit of the Stuibenkopf was a more modest summit cross than on the adjacent peak, but the view was just getting better in this superb Alpine hiking area
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return continued
Alpspitze from Stuibenkopf Summit
West of Stuibenkopf is the mighty Alpspitze. A mountain I plan to summit, and one whose North face "hiking" route I was due to cross within the next 24 hours.
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return continued
Hoher Gaif
South of West is the the rocky summit of the Hoher Gaif. Another peak with an apparent "hiking" trail to the top!
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Dreitorspitze
Wettersteinwand to the left, the Partenkirchener Dreitorspitze near center and the Teufelsgrat to the right. Such a view to the South of East was also breathtaking on this superb day.
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return continued
Wettersteinwand
North of East, the distant peaks are the Karwendelberg and others near to Mittenwald, with the Wettersteinwand to the right. Stunning views in a wonderful Alpine landscape I felt priviliged to have hiked into.
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9th October: Kreuzeck - Stuibenspitze - Stuibenkopf and return continued
Dreitorspize
I had to drag myself away from that wonderfully quiet summit: I had seen only two other hikers since leaving the forest track near Kreuzeck. I retraced my steps past Stuiben Hutte down to the 1500m contour, then up to the Kreuzeck cable car Bergstation and Kreuzeck at 1650m. Pausing to change shirts and to have one last look South East to the Drietorspitze and Teufelsgrat. With my own first summit of the day, Stuibenspitze, visible at the end of the Stuibenwand, (wall or cliff).
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Key to Route Descriptions
Throughout this web site I have tried to adopt a consistent approach to the way I show the summarised hike details in the blue text table shown at the start of each hike. Below is an explanation of how the various parts of that text table are arrived at.

Start and Finish
The main locations, usually a village or nearest village, from where the hike is started and ended. The altitude of the start and finish taken by comparing my exact starting point with the appropriate contour line or printed height from the relevant Topographische Kart 1:25000, Bayersisches Landesvermessungsamt München map.

Round distance in kms
The total distance actually hiked. Includes any "excursions" off the main route. The kms shown are a very broad estimate only. I have yet to find a way of getting anything like an accurate distance for my hikes even using the 1:25000 maps. Frequent zig zags and height gains and undulations are the main problems to deal with!

Vertical altitude gain
Not the height difference between the starting point and the highest point reached. It is an estimate of the total metres I have ascended during the hike. It will include all significant undulations and all "excursions" off the main route. Using the detailed 1:25000 maps as above, it is possible with a little care and effort to get quite close to an accurate figure.

Total time from start to finish
Time from my gasthof back to my gasthof after the hike if no public transport is involved. Or from leaving a bus stop or railway station and back to a bus stop or railway station at the end of the hike. Includes all breaks. My ascent rate is slow, never more than about 300 metres per hour, so most other people would complete the hikes quicker. I often complete a hike with no stop lasting longer than a few minutes, but picnic stops and visits to huttes taking longer than that will be mentioned in the text.

Weather
A broad description of the weather conditions during that hike. Any temperatures usually taken from the nearest weather recording site that I can find, (done on my return to England), or from local TV reports.
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