Municipality: Ettal

Impressive splitboard / skitour with a powerful Kar (cwm), up through a steep couloir onto the western peak of the Geierköpfe. Feasible only in very safe snow conditions.

Splitboard Skitour - Geierkoepfe Western Summit
Difficulty SAC: S
Summit altitude: 2.160m
Start altitude: 1.080m
Vertical height: 1.080m
Walking time h:min: 3:30
Exposition: Nord,West,
Best season: Frühjahr
How to get there:

A95 Munich-Garmisch and then on the B2 to Oberau, turn right here onto the B23 towards Linderhof / Reutte. Shortly after Ettal turn left and after Graswang you reach Linderhof. Passing Linderhof you come to Ammerwald Alm. This can not be missed.

Route description
Starting point:

Ammerwald Alm. If you visit the Ammerwald Alm after the tour, there should be no problems using their parking.


Directly at the Ammerwaldalm we cross the road and the stream and head directly southeast into the wood. First, it goes through a relatively sparse forest uphill to the start of a large forest aisle. Through this we continue up to a kind of high plateau. In most cases you will discover a frozen waterfall. We keep below the waterfall and continue to ascend up a fairly steep mountain pine covered step. Is this unpleasant section mastered, it goes into the large Kar (cwm) direction south (The Kar is often threated by high risk of avalanches).
Now we can already see the steep couloir and split on in it`s direction. For us, unfortunately the tour was finished at the beginning of the channel, because we had to deal with technical problems. Nevertheless we would like to share the remaining route with you. So, it goes up the gully, you traverse the beautiful stone arch (here, the couloir has a gradient of 45-50 °) and below the cornice, formed in south wind weather conditions, you leave the channel to the east (to the left). Then it's relatively flat to the summit of the Western Geierköpfe. The summit slope is often exposed to the wind.


As Ascent

Alternative, if you descended the steep couloir you can keep on riding slightly to the left. When you get up to the little hill you get access to another short but beautiful chute. Check it out while ascending, just before you reach the frozen waterfall.


Kompass Karte 05: Oberammergau / Ammertal, 1:35.000

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    16. December 2014 - 19:52 Log in or sign up to post comments.
    Comment / Trip report:

    ...die ich auch immer wieder gehe. Bericht folgt diese Saison :o)

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      12. February 2015 - 22:03 Log in or sign up to post comments.
      Comment / Trip report:

      ...und der Hund muss mit...

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        13. February 2015 - 15:36 Log in or sign up to post comments.
        Date of Tour: 13. February 2015 - 0:00
        Group Size: Solo
        Kind of Tour: Splitboard
        Avalanche Warning Level: 2
        Comment / Trip report: bin wieder rein. Für einen FReitag war ganz schön viel los in den Ammergauern. Sogar am Geierkopf waren 5 weitere Personen unterwegs. Das sieht man auch an der Route...das Feld ist schon ziemlich geflügt ;o) und die Rinne unten, ist auch schon komplett geräumt, sodass es dort nicht ohne Steinkontakt abging. Kamm wie immer abgeblasen.

        Zum Schnee: leichter Deckel bis oben, trotz Nordseite - trotzdem noch gut zu fahren. Schnee hat sich ansonsten top gesetzt.

        Ein paar Bilder anbei um sich selber ein Bild zu machen.