From Gumen via the Ortstock's Furggele Pass | Mountain hiking | Ortstock | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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From Gumen via the Ortstock's Furggele Pass Ortstock 2716 m

  • Difficulty
    T3
  • Ascent
    3:30–5 h, 1140 m
  • Descent
    3–4:30 h, 1140 m

The Ortstock is quite a landmark, with impressive views over Braunwald and the Linthtal. Near the summit cross is also summit book.

The Ortstock forms a imposing backdrop to Braunwald, though when viewed from Glattalp it is a rather inconspicuous scree cone. The summit panorama gives exceptional views down to Braunwald and into Linthtal. The western or "Hinter" Ortstock (P. 2717) is accessible via easy mountain trails and is often done. From Glattalp or from Braunwald's 'Gumen' cable car station, two equally long and similarly difficult routes lead to the summit. The route described here from Gumen is more varied than the one from Glattalp.

Route description

Braunwald - Ortstock Furggele

From Gumen (1900 m) follow the marked path to Untere Bützi (2148). From here either keep left and traverse Rund Eggen to Euloch, or continue rightwards, further along towards Erigsmatt before branching off to the left, approximately halfway between Untere Bützi and Erigsmatt (painted signpost at the junction) on a small path that leads past P. 2101. From the boggy ground of Euloch (2009 m) follow mostly good tracks up to the Furggele (still snow here far into summer). The slope up to the pass is often steep and covered with loose rock and scree. This section is well marked.

Ortstock Furggele - Hinter Ortstock

From Furggele, simply continue up the ridge line in a southeastern direction to the summit. A rocky step at half height is overcome with the help of fixed ropes. This section can also be bypassed a little further to the right on good steps through a runnel.

Descent

Follow the route of ascent.

Variant: From Lauchboden via Bärentritt

From Lauchboden continue straight down on a footpath that makes a great zig-zag through an impressive cliff band (chain), direction Bergetenseeli. Continue to the cable way at Brächalp and follow the path down in its vicinity.

Additional information

Departure and arrival point

Gumen, Bergstation (1900 m)

Betriebszeiten und Infos zur Gumenbahn unter: www.braunwald.ch

Time

Without the use of the chairlift to the Gumen, the ascent will be 1.5 to 2 hours longer (+ 700 hm).

The descent variant via "Bärentritt" to Braunwald takes about the same amount of time as the way to the cable car station at Gumen, but is more demanding on the knees with more vertical metres.

Difficulty / Material

The hiker is strongly advised to follow the marked footpath. In foggy or snowy conditions, this area can be very challenging.

Waypoints

Braunwald Standseilbahn, Bergstation (1256 m)

Ausgangs-/Endpunkt ohne Benützung der Gumen-Seilbahn.

Author

Hansueli Rhyner

Hansueli Rhyner ist Bergführer und Skilehrer und seit 2011 SAC-Autor. Er arbeitet am WSL-Institut für Schnee und Lawinenforschung SLF als Leiter der Forschungsgruppe Industrieprojekte und Schneesport und ist zudem Gutachter bei Bergunfällen und Mitglied des Kern-Ausbildungsteams Lawinenprävention KAT.

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