With the first part of our winter hiking series, we shared some useful information to encourage you to go hiking this winter. In this second part of the series, we’re hoping more experienced hikers will find some inspiration too! This is what our Keller Sports Pro Michi has to say about his trip around the Jochberg mountain:
Jochberg-Tour with the waterfalls of Lainbach:
Route length: approx. 21.3 Km Duration: approx. 7:30 hours Elevation: ⇑ 1208 m ⇓ 1208 m Level: difficult (winter); medium (summer)
“From Munich, take the regional train to Kochel - that’s where the route begins. Starting at the train station, follow the Kalmbach road. It’ll lead you uphill on a wide forest path. Soon, you’ll start seeing signs for the Lainbacher waterfalls. Following the narrow path through the thick fog for about 1.5 hours, you’ll reach the bottom of the waterfall.
Now, follow the river downstream and then leave the trail to head towards the Sonnenspitze and Jochberg mountains. Cross a wide field covered in deep snow and then begin to climb the steep slope. If the snow is very deep, you’ll sink further into it - it’s quite a strain and you need a certain level of fitness to get through it.Once you’ve managed most of the climb, take a little rest before you attempt the last few metres up to the peak of the Jochberg. In summer, this is one of Bavaria’s most popular destinations for a day out. In winter, however, you’ll find it much less crowded. It’s unlikely you’ll be completely alone on the peak but you’re sure to enjoy the wonderful views of the Walchensee lake in peace during the colder months. If visibility is good, you’ll also be able to see the Kochelsee lake from the other side of the mountain. Heading back down from the mountaintop, take a steeper path that follows the riverbed almost all the way down to the Walchensee lake. From there, continue along the forest path for about 5 k, going towards Kochel town. This path will take you along the shore of the Kochelsee, so you can have a closer view of it before you go to the train station. What equipment I recommend: For hiking in winter, especially in snow, I definitely recommend wearing high-rise hiking shoes with Gore-Tex, so your feet stay warm and dry when you walk in deep snow. As for hiking pants, you need to make sure they’re made of wind- and waterproof material. In deep snow, try to find pants that come with Gore-Tex too. In my case, I chose the Haglöfs Lizard II, which are perfect for variable weather. For baselayers, I’m a big fan of merino wool. It keeps you nice and warm when it’s cold, it draws moisture away from the skin and it feels comfortable and dry - even after a tough climb! When choosing a midlayer, I make sure it has good insulation, it’s breathable and feels comfortable to wear. I personally like the J. Lindeberg Logo Tech Sweat hoodie and the adidas Terrex Skyclimb fleece jacket. When it’s very cold, I wear both tops at the same time. The rest of the time, I pack the jacket in my bag - it’s very light, so I barely notice I’m carrying it while I climb. As a rule of thumb, I always bring a second top to change into! The outer layer I’ve gone for is a classic: the Ultimate hoodie by Mammut. It’s not just the GORE® WINDSTOPPER® that impresses me but also all of the jacket’s extras, such as the long zips under the sleeves. They mean that you can open the jacket up and let lots of air in when you need it. I also like where the pockets are located - they don’t get caught on my rucksack! With this jacket, anyone can enjoy the full beauty of nature. This garment is a classic through and through!” We hope you found our tips useful and that you feel more encouraged to go for a hike. If you have any tips and recommendations of your own, let us know in the comments below! We look forward to your views!