Ascent of Titlis on 2020-09-05

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Lee Newton
Date:Saturday, September 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Ski Lift
    Elevation:10623 ft / 3237 m

Ascent Trip Report

After my Hängst & Hächle ascent the previous afternoon.

From NW, Talstation Titlisbahn, took cable car (not Rotair) to Stand, then walk & easy scramble up Rotegg ridge, ladder down onto glacier (crevasses), to foot of NE face of Rotstöckli. Stepping over the narrow but deep bergschrund we climb the right-hand cable which traverses, a squeeze under some metal netting to a wooden beam, vertically up, traverse L, (fixed rope) then cable continues for easy section crossing far (SW) face then easily up NW ridge to summit, metal cross in outcrop. Return to vertical section, abseil from fixed gear to the wooden beam (50m rope just long enough ie nearly 25m abseil) then downclimbed the traverse section back to glacier. Then followed piste access track E and SW to connect with the standard W ridge, which today was deserted but usually busy. Cloud had come in as forecast, so no views, but mild temperatures. Back down W ridge then all 3 stages of the cable car (as others have noted, in practice it seems not necessary to buy a ticket for the top section (Rotair) if going downward only.

Adding the Rotstöckli made this a really interesting trip, compared with the typical quick and expensive summit bag.

Titlis & Rotstöckli photos

Oddly, Rotstöckli is the highest point in Nidwalden canton; late afternoon I climb Bürgenstock which whilst lower, is Nidwalden's most prominent peak. I then head to Germany for the last week of my trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1143 ft / 348 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2(4) / F+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Glacier Climb, Aid Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons
    Weather:Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1143 ft / 348 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Start Trailhead:9480 ft / 2889 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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