Via ferrata San Salvatore | Via ferrata | San Salvatore | Swiss Alpine Club SAC

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Via ferrata San Salvatore San Salvatore 913 m

  • Difficulty
    K5
  • Ascent
    1:10 h, 150 m
  • Mountain Experience
    1 / 4
  • Power
    4 / 4
  • Endurance
    1 / 4
  • Psyche
    3 / 4

Two sentinels guard the city of Lugano and its bay: to the east is the villa-covered Monte Brè; to the south the pointy San Salvatore. At its foot is the suburb of Paradiso. Since September 2002, a very sporty via ferrata has lead through the north wall of San Salvatore. It was first thought up by the Lugano mountain guide Delio Ossola, who was killed on the Matterhorn, and later built in his honour. At the top of San Salvatore is a chapel with a broad terrace. The 360-degree view here is one of the best in Ticino, if not Switzerland, and alternates between the panoramic views of Mount Rosa and the long crystal blue of Lake Lugano. The owner of the summit, the chapel and the hospice is the "Arciconfraternita della buona morte e orazione" or "The Brotherhood of good death and prayer". The first summit chapel was built in the 13th century; and was mainly visited by pilgrims. The people of ETH Zurich, who promoted lightning research on the summit from 1943 to 1982, had some first hand experiences; in other words, if a thunderstorm seems to be brewing, it is advised to leave the viewing platform (not to mention the via ferrata).

Route description

Via ferrata San Salvatore

The route, over two vertical to overhanging wall sections interspersed with grassy bits, is connected in it entirety by one thick steel cable. You can enjoy a nice rest on the half way ledge.

Descent

Additional information

Character

K4-5. An athletic via ferrata - biceps are needed when grappling with the single, thick steel cable, iron steps are placed only at some key points. "Ferratisti" with delicate hands should wear gloves. Avoid when wet (or thundery!).

Time

Total time: 2 hrs. ½ hr.

Via ferrata: 70 min.

Way to the summit: 20 min.

Signalisation

Markings

Author

Daniel Anker

Daniel Anker is a Bernese author and photographer. The historian has written around 40 ski tour, hiking, via ferrata and mountain bike guide books as well as detailed monographs on individual peaks in Switzerland.

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