Ascent of Scopi on 2009-08-29

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Nee Newton
Date:Saturday, August 29, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:3190 m / 10466 ft

Ascent Trip Report

We climbed this from the west: parking at N end of tunnel, N46:35.002', E008:48.202', 1933m, above reservoir. Trail (signpost) climbs bank then runs S along top of rock shelter for a few hundred m to N46:34.599' E008:48.075 (1979m; cairn). From the cairn, an obvious trail cuts back L on steep grassy slope then zigzags up to the crest of the W ridge, which is quite narrow in places - a fine situation but very little exposure. There is a 2m step in the ridge higher up (1 move - easy scramble).

Large buildings belonging to the summit radar complex are visible once on the ridge; eventually the slope steepens and the trail becomes looser for the last 150m of ascent.

The summit in heavily modified and essentially level, with a radar dish. The highest point is at the NE corner, effectively a "concrete outcrop". It's easy to scramble up, albeit in full view of (probably disapproving) CCTV cameras. The map has a trig symbol and there are several concrete blocks with metal insertes, although none of them are obviously trig-related.

GPSr at summit: N46:34.304', E008:49.8', 3187m, varying down to about 3182m during the 20mins we were there.

We started at about 10:40 Sat a.m. having driven from Basel that morning (I had flown in to Zurich from Luton on the Fri eve), then went on to hike to the Adula hut ready to climb Rheinwaldhorn Sunday morning.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1257 m / 4124 ft
    Distance:8 km / 5 mi
    Route:West ridge
    Trailhead:Lai da Sontga Maria  1933 m / 6342 ft
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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