Ascent of Schwarzhorn on 2012-06-16
|Others in Party:||Lee Newton|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, June 16, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||3146 m / 10322 ft|
Ascent Trip ReportThis was an afternoon climb, the first of four P600m summits in a 3-day weekend. There was a lot of snow but the consistency was ok for walking and we were able to stay clear of the wet snow avalanches which were affecting the steeper slopes.
I'd flown into Zurich in the morning, Lee picked me up at Zurich airport and we met up with Shannon en route. We hiked from a layby N46.74529 E9.95814, 1 km SE of the Fluelapass, having first stopped at the Fluela Hospiz Hotel to reserve a bunkhouse room (SF25 pppn). From here the summit can be seen towering directly above. For the ascent however a less direct approach is called for.
From the layby a path rises SE below a prominent crag then swings R (SW). The SE ridge is eventually reached and followed to the summit. We were on snow almost all the way. On the ridge we kept on rock where possible to avoid the steeper snow which didn't look particularly stable - there was plenty of evidence of wet-snow avalanches on te steeper slopes below us. The summit (N46.73575 E9.94171, 3147m) is marked by a cairn and a cross with a Gipfelbuch (register). The map shows a triangulation station which, if present, will have been buried under snow.
The impressive view was dominated by the nearby Piz Linard and Wisshorn. Ultras visible included Kesch, Bernina, Ortler and Saentis.
With the evening drawing on the snow was stabilising and we romped down in 1h15, having ascended in 2h45. We were down at 6.30, giving us plenty of time for a meal at the Hospiz then an early night.
Next day we climbed Kuhgrat.
Schwarzhorn photo album
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||801 m / 2634 ft|
| Extra Gain:||4 m / 16 ft|
| Distance:||12 km / 7.5 mi|
| Route:||Southeast ridge|
| Trailhead:||Fluelapass 2353 m / 7720 ft|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 2+ / F|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ice Axe, Crampons|
| Weather:||Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 45 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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