On a recent visit to G-P, we wandered through the local market which sold produce, breads, meats, etc. While most of the vendors were extremely helpful, we came across one produce vendor that very arrogantly took advantage of our inexperience and knowledge of the language. After he sold us cherries at double the price (which we realized after the fact), he was pretty arrogant in talking to us...only then letting us know not only that he spoke English, but that he enjoyed treating us like suckers!
Not all vendors are like this -- we stopped by another produce vendor that was ever so pleasant.
I guess the take-away from this is to know what you want and the price it should be BEFORE you make the transaction, otherwise, you may get swindled.
One of the real pains about walking the hills is finding the bar or mountain hut you are heading for is closed for a ruhetag. Just when you fancy a break and a couple of beers! Many of the mountain huts are closed for one day a week so it's best to find out when they are.
The best thing to do is check the Garmisch Tourist website and make a list of the ruhetags. That way your cool beer and a warm welcome should be guaranteed.
very occasionally bars and huts in the hills can still be closed. It's rare but if it happens don't blame me!
They are small, modest, often with photographs or crosses and are scattered about the mountains in all types of terrain. They are Denkmäle, monuments to those who lost their lives. The more than 300 kilometers of trails around Garmisch-Partenkirchen are well marked and maintained allowing thousands to enjoy this corner of the Alps without a hitch. Those that do face difficulties generally get into trouble by overestimating stamina, experience level, and weather conditions.
1. Be realistic with your hike selection. A person with a few 2,000 meter hikes under his new boots shouldn´t think he´s ready for the Jubiläumsgrat (the ridge between the Alp and Zugspitze).
2. Take a map. Even though the trails are well marked in most cases, a map can prevent a time consuming detour which could have one arriving home in the dark - or not at all.
3. Get the current weather report. Things change very quickly, especially at higher elevations. Pack warm clothing, even in summer. Lightning is also the cause of several deaths every year.
4. Bring a cell phone and pre enter the local Bergwacht number.
5. Take a partner. If going it alone, leave your planned route with a someone you know along with an estimated time of return.
6. Take along food and water. There are many mountain huts around Garmisch-Partenkirchen which offer both Bier and Wurst´l. However, the day you don´t bring any grub along will be the day the "Hütte" is closed. Always have provisions.
Plan, go, return (with some wonderful pics, of course)!
Rise on 2000 m upwards doesn't remain noticed. The temperature sharply falls. It's become chilly and coldly. It is necessary to put on warmly. Even in hot summer day at bottom of the mountain it would be desirable to dress one more sweater at the top.
Being one of the safest towns, in possibly the safest state in the safest country on the safest continent, Garmisch-Partenkirche has little to concern the average traveller. There were no beggars, no drunks, and no rough areas of town. The tourists are probably more likely to cause trouble than the locals, who were mostly very friendly (moreso than the average German).
It wasn't until we'd returned to Stuttgart and had to refill the coolant twice in a week before we realized that something was really wrong. Our mechanic told me in a combination of his broken English and my lamentable German, that an animal had eaten through the cables. Sure enough, there were the tiny teeth marks. Apparently the animals in question are some kind of weasel or marten (sp?). I guess we were just unlucky and I don't know how to prevent this in the future.
Weekend snow slides killed at least five people — including three Canadians — and seriously injured about 10 others who strayed off-trail in Austria's Alps in search of adventure despite warnings that conditions were ripe for disaster. Officials had raised Austria's five-step avalanche alert to level four in recent days after a combination of heavy snowfalls, strong winds and subsequent mild temperatures made snow cover unstable and prone to breaking away.Austrian authorities recently launched a new service that delivers up-to-the-minute avalanche warnings via text messages. But frustrated emergency workers say technology is useless to those who ignore conventional warnings and take unwarranted risks just to descend mountains atop virgin snow. “If they lack knowledge and the necessary background information, then it's just carelessness — pure and simple,” Roland Mattle, an alpine gendarme helping airlift victims to safety, told Austrian television Sunday.The recent avalanche was estimated to have spanned the length of three football fields laid end to end, and struck at an elevation of about 2,300 metres in an off-trail area popular with thrill-seekers looking for deep, untouched powder. Experts regularly warn that skiing or snowboarding off-piste in unstable snow can be dangerous and triggers many of the hundreds of slides that annually claim scores of lives in Austria.Officials monitoring avalanche conditions in the Alps issued a statement Sunday warning people anew not to venture off trails known to be safe, to avoid skiing or snowboarding alone and to approach all areas “with the greatest respect.” They also urged people to wear avalanche transmitters, which emit a high-frequency signal that can save rescuers precious minutes to locate victims buried in heavy snow and dig them out before they suffocate. A transmitter helped rescue workers on Sunday swiftly locate a snowboarder buried in an avalanche in the resort of Zell am See, officials said.
If you are an American skiing in Europe the one thing you will not see in the Alpine backcountry, or off-piste as we call it, are signs warning you not to enter an area due to potential avalanche dangers. The majority of the ski hills, the on-piste areas are clearly marked and roped-in. You will often see signs adjacent to the marked piste indicating steep cliffs and/or crevaces nearby. However, if you choose to ignore the warnings you do so at your own risk. No one will stop you, but if you are injured you will have no legal recourse. In other words, you cannot sue someone for your own stupidity or bad luck, and that is just the way if should be.
You are advised to ski in pairs. To carry avalanche transceivers, shovels and probe poles. If you are ski touring or snowboarding where there is a danger of cravaces, you should also have an extraction rope and prusic ropes, and know how to use them. A knowledge of z-pulleys is also advisable. Self-help is best. Rescuers may be a long time in arriving.
If you trigger an avalanche and kill yourself, that is a risk you accept, if you ski off-piste. If you trigger an avalanche and kill someone else, you may be charged with criminal negligence. You put the lives of trained rescuers at risk when they have to launch a search & rescue mission to locate and extract you. If you are rescued, you may be charged in cash or credit card for the extraction, so it is advisable to also carry extra insurance.
So, think about it before you duck the rope and head out off-piste.