Southeast Ridge to the East Summit | Alpinism | Alplistock east summit | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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Southeast Ridge to the East Summit Alplistock east summit 2817 m

  • Difficulty
    AD-, 3c
  • Ascent
    2:30–3 h, 500 m
  • Descent
    30 m

Short and beautiful tour with some harder sections of scrambling (max grade III) and two abseils (one during ascent and on the descent). Well equipped, ideal alpine training tour. From the east summit, a traverse to the west summit it also possible.

Route description

Bächlitalhütte - start of the Southeast Ridge

From the Bächlitalhütte SAC head in a north-easterly direction via P. 2319 (Läckigang) to the base of the ridge.

Start of the Southeast Ridge - East Summit

Join the Southeast Ridge proper and follow this to the summit. The belays are bolted, as are the abseils and most difficult sections of climbing. The steepest sections of the ridge are mostly bypassed on the east side.

Descent

From the east summit, head in a south-easterly direction via rock gullies and several small steps to reach a rappelling point from which you can abseil about 15 m to the uppermost part of the Bächlisblatti. Now continue moving down and right (looking out) beneath the SE foot of the east summit to join the route of the approach, then reverse this back to the Bächlitalhütte. Instead of returning to the hut it is also possible to descend directly over the Bächlisblatti towards Räterichsbodensee, joining the hut path further down, below P. 2155.

Additional information

Departure point
History

First ascent by Josef Brun and Gefährten on 7th July 1958

Author

Marco Bomio

Marco Bomio worked as a teacher in Grindelwald for over 30 years before turning his part-time job as a mountain guide into his main job. In the Grindelwald Section of the SAC he was first the JO boss and later the president. He has headed the Grindelwald Museum for 10 years.

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