Ascent of Stätzerhorn on 2010-10-03
|Others in Party:||Jai Newton|
|Date:||Sunday, October 3, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||2574 m / 8445 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportThe whole range of the Staetzerhorn is very popular with hikers in summer, and skiiers in Winter, having tremendous views of the Piz Bernina range and other higher peaks in Graubunden due to it's rather high prominence in spite of the rather modest height (for the area).
Arriving at Lenzerheide from Chur, we turned right about 800m after the lake and drove up to the middle station of the chairlift serving Piz Scalottas, where there is plenty of parking and a nice restaurant with terrace and childern's playpark.
The chairlift transported us in around 10 minutes to this minor summit, already with magnificent views. From there various paths lead East along the ridge, either keeping to the skyline and crossing Piz Danis or heading a little downhill and then back up again to the 2330m col below Piz Raschil, the highest point of the ridge. Up to here it had been relatively warm, with intermittent sun and light breeze. However a stiff northerly soon had us reaching for the fleece and windproof jackets.
The wind kept increasing as we laboured up the zig-zag path through 40cm of fresh soft snow to the top, where the wind chill was brutal and it was almost not possible to look north without goggles.
The views were great to the Ringelspitz and Calanda but Toedi and the higher hills to the south stayed in the cloud. We descended a short way down down the south ridge (staying above the path, then cut left down a steep rocky slope to pick up another track serving a different skilift. From there various balconwegs (traverse paths) led back to the start point at the middle station of the chairlift).
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||608 m / 1998 ft|
| Elevation Loss:||1182 m / 3881 ft|
| Distance:||10 km / 6.2 mi|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Cold, Very Windy, Overcast|
| Elevation Gain:||559 m / 1834 ft|
| Extra Loss:||306 m / 1004 ft|
| Distance:||4.5 km / 2.8 mi|
| Trailhead:||Piz Scalottas 2321 m / 7615 ft|
| Time Up:||3 Hours |
| Elevation Loss:||876 m / 2877 ft|
| Extra Gain:||49 m / 164 ft|
| Distance:||5.5 km / 3.4 mi|
| Trailhead:||Restaurant at 1747m altitude 1747 m / 5732 ft|
| Time Down:||2 Hours |
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