Ascent of Schafberg on 2010-07-03

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Andrew Tibbetts
Date:Saturday, July 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:7343 ft / 2238 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our morning ascent of Albristhorn, we drive N to Buel where we take the narrow road up to Rohrbode, N46 37 25.5 E7 19 07.3, 1694m - in the midday head we choose the highest trailhead we can find. From the parking area just before the farm buildings, (11:35) a stile gives access to a path which crosses an alpine meadow then contours NE across steep slopes (exposed, slippery when wet, fixed rope). The path passes Ober Muncheberg (farm buildings, not a refuge) then continues (obscure at times, in deep vegetation) towards the saddle. We broke off and headed straight uphill - steep grassy slopes with a few little rock outcrops.

Before we reached the ridge, the cloud came down and it started to thunder, although only just after midday. We continued to the highest point, keeping our heads down as much as possible.

The highest point (13:00) is a fairly narrow grassy ridge with a big precipice to the N. It is unmarked - oddly, as the map suggests a cross. The clouds clear briefly and we see another summit - with a cross - looming to the W. We head over there, dropping 30m to the intervening saddle. The newish cross indicates an elevation of 2235m, compared with the mapped 2239m for our first (east) summit, but either way, we've been to the summit. The cross is buzzing with static so we head down, contouring across until above our ascent route. The steep grass is slippery with rain, as is the path back from Ober Muncheberg to the trailhead (14:05).

The afternoon continues wet until we clear the mountains, heading W to Geneva. With time on our hands, we track down Les Arales, the rather prosaic Geneva canton highpoint.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2113 ft / 643 m
    Extra Gain:164 ft / 49 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:South face
    Trailhead:Rohrbode  5558 ft / 1694 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Brief summit view, thunder, rain on descent
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes

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