23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Start at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 707m
Highest point reached was summit of Eckbauer 1237m.
Round distance circa 15 kms
Vertical altitude gain of circa 570m
Total time from start to finish of 6hrs 30mins
Weather was cold with low cloud and fog, sunny higher up
Monday 23rd January saw a much colder start to the day after the milder weather had shown signs of ending the perevious day on the Hörnle, but no new snow. The forecast was for some sunshine later so I wanted to get somewhere I would have a chance of a reasonable view over to the Alpspitze and adjacent peaks. And maybe the chance of some more photos of that superb pyramid shaped mountain, as well as finishing my trip with a summit: albeit a modest one.

So I planned to hike up to the top of the Eckbauer via Graseck, returning later via the Partnachklamm. I took snowshoes strapped to the back of my rucksac as I didn't know to what extent the path up the Eckbauer would have been opened. The weather was dull and foggy lower down, but cleared enough after the quite long walk down from the bus stop at Garmisch-Partenkirchen railway station near to the ice stadium to give a good view over the partly iced up Partnach river.
Partnach
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Near to Graseck I used the road down almost into the Partnachklamm, and tuned left up the steep road to Graseck soon after passing the large Gasthof used by the many visitors to the Klamm.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Graseck Graseck was very snowy, and now with just a hint that the sun was going to break through the low cloud and fog with the Krammerspitze just coming visible to the North.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Alpspitze and Hoher Gaif I left the ploughed road and was pleased to see that the mountain path up to Eckbauer was open, and soon I was getting superb views across to the Alpspitze and Hoher Gaif.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Alpspitze The views on the climb were always dominated by the Alpspitze to the West, much to my delight!
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Partnachalm Lower down to the West was the Partnachklamm, a location I had passed a few days earlier when the Eckbauer route had been closed.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Path to Eckbauer Eckbauerhutte
The path zig zagged a lot, giving it a fairly gentle grade up, until before long it emerged by the Eckbauerhutte in bright sunshine.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Eckbauer Summit Eckbauerhutte
Eckbauer summit was marked by a very small hutte, with the main hutte well served by the paths and a cable car just below.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
View from Eckbauer The cloud and fog still obscured the view in most directions, but not that towards the Alpspitze in the South West.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Path down from Eckbauer I enjoyed my time in the sun on Eckbauer, but eventually dragged myself away and back down the path to Graseck.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Graseck I needed to tun left in Graseck to join the path down to the Partnachklamm, but first enjoyed a sunnier view than that seen a few hours earlier on my way up.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Graseck path Partnach
The path down from Graseck was quite steep and crossed a bridge or two, before giving a good view down to the Partnach river.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Partnachklamm It didn't take long to reach the valley, then a few steps to the entrance of the Partnachklamm and it's icy wonderland.
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Partnachklamm Partnachklamm
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Partnachklamm Partnachklamm
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23rd January: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Graseck - Eckbauer - Partnachklamm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Partnachklamm I enjoyed the last sights of the ice before heading the few kms back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen at a very brisk pace. The deep snow and avalanche risk higher up had stopped me using some of the more difficult winter hikes but I felt I had used my time well with the routes that I had followed. With those thoughts I caught the local bus back to Farchant for another superb evening meal before packing for my journey home in the morning.
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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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