Ascent of Signalkuppe on 2012-08-12

Climber: Caj Svensson

Others in Party:Eva
Date:Sunday, August 12, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:14941 ft / 4554 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 4: Started out with breakfast in the Sella hut at 5. Left at 5:50. Climbed back along the descent from yesterday, to Felikjoch, at about 4100 m. This was the decision point for trying the Liskamm West to East traverse. The wind was relaxed from yesterday and didn't bother us. Climbed the glacier in an NE direction, West of Felikhorn, reaching the SW ridge and followed it. Left the SW ridge and follow a steep line across ice, with good steps, to the NW ridge. Very exposed area. Still good steps, leading up to rocks and to the Liskamm West summit. Two ropes: Eva and Per, and then Caj and Josef.

Climbed across the rocks on Liskamm West and descended a snow field East, to a col and then up a narrow snow ridge to the East and main Liskamm summit. Still exposed.

Descended from Liskamm to Lisjoch in part with very steep steps, and then ascending a trail to Colle Gnifetti and up to Signalkuppe and the Margherita. Tired legs going up to Signalkuppe. Had a late lunch - there was not many places to stop and eat on the traverse. Rested before dinner. Lamb chops with potatoes - unbelievable dinner at 4550 m altitude. Sunny and nice day. Little to no wind. Clouds came in late and covered the Italian valley below the hut. A long good day. Great to have traversed the Liskamm.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Sella hut  
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Cabanna Margherita hut  
Ascent Part of Trip: Frontier Ridge 2012 (5 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Breithorn2012-08-092244 ft / 684 m
2Breithorn - Central Summit2012-08-102864 ft / 873 m
3Castor2012-08-112896 ft / 883 m
4Liskamm - West Summit2012-08-12 1 
5Liskamm2012-08-12 24491 ft / 1369 m
6Signalkuppe2012-08-12 3 
7Zumsteinspitze2012-08-13 1 
8Grenzgipfel2012-08-13 2 
9Monte Rosa2012-08-13 32050 ft / 625 m
10Nordend2012-08-13 4 
Total Trip Gain: 14545 ft / 4434 m    Total Trip Loss: 16652 ft / 5076 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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