Start/Finish at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 700m
Highest point: Wank mountain summit, 1780m
Distance: circa 14 kms
Weather: Frost then sunny, snow lying above 1300m
Vertical altitude gain: circa 1100m
Time: 8hrs 20mins
After my walk back from Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the 5th, I had lunch at the hotel then wandered up to the Kuhlfluchte waterfalls, and couldn't resist climing a way up the steep path to the Hoher Frocken that starts there. Waking on the 6th feeling tired and with both feet swollen with arthritis I felt maybe I should have rested the previous day! But as today was the last of my trip I was determined to go ahead with my plan to walk from Garmisch-Partenkirchen up to the summit of the Wank. It was a struggle to get my boots on, and even more of a struggle as I hobbled off the bus and started on the route I had chosen: via a large landslip, (right), then the Gamshütte and Eckenhütte and the SW track which I hoped would be fairly free of snow until higher up.
It was superb morning: a sharp frost and very clear. The track was very easy to start with, which helped as I was rather dragging my right foot which was hurting the most! But that was easily forgotten with the superb view across to the Jubiläumsgrat that was to be ever present during the the walk: here seen just as I passed Eckenhütte.
It had taken me a fair bit longer than expected to get to the summit area, as I had to struggle all the way with significant arthritis pain and swelling in both feet and ankles. And rather annnoyingly my short time on the summit area coincided with the only real cloud I was to see during the whole day!
I had planned to head off back down the North side of the mountain, but the snow on top was still deep, and I didn't feel fit enough to walk though it. So I returned the way I had come. This time dragging my by now very painful left ankle: so much so that I took longer to descend than when ascending in the morning. But I ignored that as I was more interested in enjoying the view and my last day of this trip to such a superb walking area.