Ascent of Piz Daint on 2014-08-26

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Lee Newton -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Piz Daint
    Elevation:9738 ft / 2968 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our Sesvenna ascent we spend a second night at the Scuol campsite. Next day's weather isn't great, but good enough for this easy climb.

The easiest (and very scenic) route is from the Ofenpass N46.63986 E10.29166, 2151m. The route is signposted Piz Daint and paintmarked throughout. It starts up a tarmac road serving a comms mast then heads straight up. At a fork N46.63729 E10.29034 the main route keeps L then contours L of Il Jalet to a junction (N46.63310 E10.28445) near a saddle, where we fork L and climb steeply. The trail crosses a minor bump then makes a rising traverse R, then at N46.62183 E10.28007 we turn L onto the W ridge. The ridge is quite steep with a short easy arete and tight zigzags near the top but there are no difficulties. The ridge gives fine views of the next P600, the fine Blavenesque Piz Murtarol just across into Italy. Tavru, Starlex and yesterday's Piz Sesvenna are visible to the north, their tops grazing the clouds. There's an amazing density of prominent peaks in this corner of the Alps.

It's blowing and drizzling as we reach the summit but it's not cold. The summit (N46.61873 E10.29093, 2971m) is marked with a wooden cross; there's a red painted trig cut mark on a nearby outcrop. There's a nice view E down a cloud-filled valley.

We head down, with the rain threatening to set in although it eases off again. Andrew and I make a small detour to visit 2392m Il Jalet, with a steep ascent, some very impressive rock scenery, a rock pinnacle summit (N46.63562 E10.28520, 2389m) and a nice easy graded runnable descent back to the pass via the mast road. The peak is P102m interpolated: my GPS makes it 103m rise from the col at N46.63315 E10.28404, 2286m.

This is the last peak of our four day trip: four nice P600s, somehow avoiding a soaking in this particularly rainy alpine summer, thanks to Lee's encyclopaedic knowledge of the Swiss P600 list and constant attention to the Swiss meteo forecast.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3162 ft / 962 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3162 ft / 962 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.3 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2785 ft / 848 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2687 ft / 819 m; Extra: 98 ft / 29m
    Loss on way in:98 ft / 29 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Start Trailhead:Ofenpass  7051 ft / 2149 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3064 ft / 933 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2687 ft / 819 m; Extra: 377 ft / 114m
    Gain on way out:377 ft / 114 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    End Trailhead:Ofenpass  7051 ft / 2149 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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