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Ascent of Stätzerhorn on 2010-10-03

Climber: Lee Newton

Others in Party:Jai Newton
Date:Sunday, October 3, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stätzerhorn
    Location:Switzerland
    Elevation:2574 m / 8445 ft

Ascent Trip Report

The whole range of the Staetzerhorn is very popular with hikers in summer, and skiiers in Winter, having tremendous views of the Piz Bernina range and other higher peaks in Graubunden due to it's rather high prominence in spite of the rather modest height (for the area).

Arriving at Lenzerheide from Chur, we turned right about 800m after the lake and drove up to the middle station of the chairlift serving Piz Scalottas, where there is plenty of parking and a nice restaurant with terrace and childern's playpark.

The chairlift transported us in around 10 minutes to this minor summit, already with magnificent views. From there various paths lead East along the ridge, either keeping to the skyline and crossing Piz Danis or heading a little downhill and then back up again to the 2330m col below Piz Raschil, the highest point of the ridge. Up to here it had been relatively warm, with intermittent sun and light breeze. However a stiff northerly soon had us reaching for the fleece and windproof jackets.

The wind kept increasing as we laboured up the zig-zag path through 40cm of fresh soft snow to the top, where the wind chill was brutal and it was almost not possible to look north without goggles.

The views were great to the Ringelspitz and Calanda but Toedi and the higher hills to the south stayed in the cloud. We descended a short way down down the south ridge (staying above the path, then cut left down a steep rocky slope to pick up another track serving a different skilift. From there various balconwegs (traverse paths) led back to the start point at the middle station of the chairlift).

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:608 m / 1998 ft
    Elevation Loss:1182 m / 3881 ft
    Distance:10 km / 6.2 mi
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Very Windy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:559 m / 1834 ft
    Extra Loss:306 m / 1004 ft
    Distance:4.5 km / 2.8 mi
    Trailhead:Piz Scalottas  2321 m / 7615 ft
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:876 m / 2877 ft
    Extra Gain:49 m / 164 ft
    Distance:5.5 km / 3.4 mi
    Trailhead:Restaurant at 1747m altitude  1747 m / 5732 ft
    Time Down:2 Hours 



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