I was recently invited to join a trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany with Peak Performance to test out some of their new outdoor range for spring/summer 2018.
Peak Performance are a brand founded in Sweden in 1986 that make a range of outdoor clothing that are not only practical and high quality, but great fitting and very stylish products if I may say so myself.
This was my first time in this area of Germany, so I was excited to be able to explore somewhere new. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a town just over 1 hour drive from Munich. The small town is surrounded by the amazing backdrop of mountains and tree's as well as being home to the tallest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze.
After flying into Munich airport, we made our way to the Gore Tex lab just outside of the city where I learned just exactly the level of attention to detail that is taken whilst designing, manufacturing and testing these products. Something which you don't normally think too much about when you see the slightly higher price tag, but it's definitely clear why now.
We arrived via cable car at the Das Graseck Hotel located a short way up in the mountains where we stayed for 2 nights in preparation for 2 days of hiking. On the first day it rained almost all morning to the top of the hike, which really showed how well the Gore Tex products repel the rain and keep you dry whilst being breathable too. The rain soon cleared up and the sun came out for the hike down. On the way down we passed the ski jump that was built for the 1936 Winter Olympic Games that was held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, mind blown quite how big those jumps are. On day 2 the hike was a little more challenging with very thin tracks covered in slippery tree roots and death drops to the side, it definitely kept me on my toes more. The tour guides did a great job at making it safe for us whilst making it super fun too. The views at the top of the hike were absolutely incredible, being able to see the whole of the town as well as the ridges of the mountains on the horizon. Stopping for lunch on the side of the mountain is never a bad thing, especially when it was so hot, with an ice cold beer and some typical Bavarian food.
Below is some of my favourite images from the trip, feel free to take a scroll through them.
I am thankful to have shared the good times on this trip with such a great group of people, I learned a lot and I had a great time. I will also link below the items of clothing that I tested whilst on this trip.
Thanks Peak Performance, until next time!