Zugspitze -- The Alps and the Rockies go up just about as high, around 15,000 feet. But the German Alps are only about 2/3rds the height of Mount Blanc, the highest Alp that separates France from Italy. Mountaineers who start on the German side for the 10 hour ascent get some assistance from the iron ladders called "via ferrata" -- and from a few lodges along the way.

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