19th January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Partnachklamm - Partnachalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Start at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 707m
Highest point reached was circa 1020m above Partnachalm
Round distance circa 18 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 460m
Total time from start to finish of 5 hrs 40 mins
Weather was heavy overnight snow clearing to sunshine
The rain and sleet that I had left at Farchant early on the morning of the 18th had turned to snow during the day, and continued to fall until not long before dawn on the 19th. But clearance work had been underway from very early: many of the local farm vehicles are transformed into snow ploughs and snow removers during the long winter in this area.

My experience of the Wednesday had been that the town's local buses, (and the RVO bus service ), were running normally: which was good news as I expected to make extensive use of both services during my stay at the Hotel-Gasthof Alter Wirt in Farchant. I had stayed here twice in 2005 and had returned because of it's location in the quiet village, the friendly staff and excellent restaurant.
Farchant
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19th January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Partnachklamm - Partnachalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Alpspitze
The view from the bus stop, just around the corner from the hotel was outstanding: with the mighty Alpspitze dominating the eastern end of the Jubilaumsgrat.
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19th January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Partnachklamm - Partnachalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The snow had also left the area around the station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen looking very wintery!
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19th January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Partnachklamm - Partnachalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Alpspitze
My plan for the day was to walk through Kochelbergalm and then the Partnachklamm. Hopefully the track up from the end of the Klamm, (gorge), would be open up to the summit of the Eckbauer. That promised superb views on what was forecast to be a sunny day as I headed South to the Klamm with the Alpspitze and Jubilaumsgrat always in view.
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
The benefit of having arrived as the snows returned was all too obvious everywhere I Iooked, Here at a small bridge over a stream near to the Klamm. The Wetterstein mountains tower into the Southern sky behind.
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Near Partnachklamm Near Partnachklamm
Approaching Partnachklamm the low sun sparkled off all of the fresh snow, giving more superb views in every direction.
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Partnachklamm Partnachklamm
The sun was obscured by the steep rocky walls of the gorge, but the winter wonderland in the Partnachklamm more than compensated for being in the shade!
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Partnachklamm Partnachklamm
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Partnachklamm
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Partnachklamm Partnachklamm
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Partnachklamm Partnachklamm
It was no surprise to find the tracks from the Klamm were shut due to avalanche risk. So it was to be a low level hike for me today, first turning and going back through the Partnachklamm again!
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19th January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Partnachklamm - Partnachalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Partnachklamm
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Track to Partnachalm Track to Partnachklamm
It was quite a stroll back to the junction with the track up to the Partnachalm, my "reserve" destination for the day. But after some steep sections I did at least get out into the sun again to reach the signpost pointing to the closed path down to the Klamm.
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19th January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Partnachklamm - Partnachalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Track to the Rheintal at Partnachalm
The track had been used by 4 x 4 vehicles getting to the Partnachalm, but beyond there it hadn't been ploughed after the recent snow. So I enjoyed a spell hiking up and on in the virgin snow on what had become a superb winter day.
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19th January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Partnachklamm - Partnachalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Partnachalm
Before long I turned around and headed back down, with the Partnachalm just below me. From there the track was steep enough in places to warrant then use of crampons as the fresh snow was lying on ice in places.
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19th January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Partnachklamm - Partnachalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Kramerspitz It had been a very modest day in terms of my hiking: more than made up for by the superb winter landscape. With one last picture postcard scene looking over the valley to the Kramerspitz as I headed back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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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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