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From Heiligkreuz via the North-Ridge. (Normal route) Scherbadung 3210 m

  • Difficulty
    PD, 2a
  • Ascent
    6–7 h, 1730 m

From Heiligkreuz you will ascend through the Chrieg valley and Schilte to P. 3022, before climbing the N-Ridge. A long climb, which leads in the upper part through large scree fields. The fact that Conway and Coolidge made the effort to climb this mountain, together with their mountain guides (Almer - father and son) is quite a reference!

Route description

Heiligkreuz - Tarn at P. 2601

From Heiligkreuz (1472 m) follow the path into the Chrieg valley (direction Chriegalppass) until P. 1916. Here you must leave the valley bottom, and branch out left towards Schilte. 1¼ hrs.

P. 1916. - Tarn at P. 2601

From P. 1916. follow tracks over the grassy ramp of 'Schilte' and the out into the scree filled basin and a tarn at 2601 m, 3 hrs.

Tarn at P. 2601 - Scherbadung

From the tarn, climb up north of a rock hummock through screes to the now extinct Wannigletscher. Around 2850 m, turn right (SE) beneath rock bands, then up through one into another bowl. Move east to reach the saddle around P. 3022 m in the N-ridge, 1½ hours. Climb south up a firn ramp, then over rock and more scree to gain P. 3155, and continue along the ridge. A final short climb (grade 2a) brings you to the summit of the Scherbadung (3211 m), 1 hour.

Descent

Follow the route of ascent.

Additional information

Departure point

Heiligkreuz (VS) (1459 m)

From the bus stop Binn, Langthal in 2.5 km and 100 m (30 min.) or with alpentaxi.ch to the starting point.

History

William Martin Conway, W.A.B. Coolidge with the mountain guides Christian Almer (junior) and Rudolf Almer, 15. July 1886.

Author

Bernhard Rudolf Banzhaf

Bernhard Rudolf Banzhaf has climbed countless peaks at home and abroad, including all 4000ers of the Valais Alps. He has been organizing trekking trips in the Himalayas and in Europe since the early 1980s. He was a member of the SAC's central committee between 1995 and 2003.

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