Ascent of Hoh Brisen on 2003-06-29

Climber: Szaniszló Uherkovich

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 29, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Train
Peak:Hoh Brisen
    Elevation:7917 ft / 2413 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was in June 2003. I had a business trip to Paris. My last meeting was on Friday. And the next one was in Zug, in Switzerland on Monday morning.

So rather than going home to Hungary for the weekend I decided to go from Paris to Swizerland, enjoying the weekend in the Swiss Alps. On Saturday morning I left Paris and took a TGV to Geneve. I haven’t been there yet so I took the opportunity to visit the city. And on the other hand I expected to find a bookstore where tourist maps are sold. Yes, I found a map, and with the help of that I could identify an appropriate peak to climb. At this time there was not enough information on internet, so I couldn’t prepare proper plans. But the map helped. The famous mountains nearby the city Zug are Rigi (1797 m) and Pilatus (2120 m). But there are many things where the bigger is better. It’s true for peaks, too. So rather than going to Pilatus I selected the relatively unknown Brisen that is 2404 m high.

On Sunday morning I left the hotel that is in the main square of Zug enough early, in order to reach the 6 a.m. train that took me to Lucerne. There I changed to the narrow gauge rack railway connecting Lucerne with Engelberg. I got off the train at the station Wolfenschiessen (being on 511 m ASL) intenting to walk up to the village called Oberrickebach. For a while I walked along the road. After a 30 minutes’ walk a car stoped and the kind driver asked me if he can take me up to the village. I said ‘no, thanks’ – I didn’t want to decrease my effort and my elevation gain record. So I continued my walk up to the village. Then up to the peak of Brisen. In these few words it sounds easy. But the temperature was around 30 Celsius (it cannot be ususal for the Swiss Alps), the elevation gain I had to do was 1900 m. And I didn’t have proper hiking "equipments" – just short pants and normal sports shoes. I was really tired by the time I was up on the peak of Brisen. But I cold see that there is a nearby peak called Hoh Brisen, 9 meter higher. I decided to go over there. No marked trail leaded over there. Just a sharp ridge, perhaps UIAA grade II-III. The wether was excellent, so why not to do it? After it I started my return to the train. In a mountain hut I ordered bear (not my habit to drink alcohol when hiking), but it was so hot during the whole day! The bear was warm, too, because the hut was not equipped with electricity and there was no fridge. Still it was better than nothing. Finally, after a long walk I was down at the train station via Niederrickenback. Then back to Lucerne. From Lucern back to Zug. The whole tour was 28 km. I had no sleeping problems on the night after.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6548 ft / 1995 m
    Total Elevation Loss:6614 ft / 2015 m
    Round-Trip Distance:17.4 mi / 28 km
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:6548 ft / 1995 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 6240 ft / 1902 m; Extra: 308 ft / 93m
    Loss on way in:308 ft / 93 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Start Trailhead:1677 ft / 511 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:6306 ft / 1922 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    End Trailhead:1611 ft / 491 m

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