Laaser Spitze, Italy
Prominence: 318 m, 1043 ft
Elevation: 3305 meters, 10,843 feet
Approx. Isolation: 6.86 km, 4.26 mi
|Alternate Name(s)||Punta di Lasa|
|Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)||46° 34' N; 10° 43' E|
|County/Second Level Region||Bolzano|
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2008-08-04 by Szaniszlo Uherkovich
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Topographic isolation: 4 km
Nearest higher peak: Lyfispitze/Punta Livi, 3352 m
Orgelspitze is the one of the peaks over 3000 meter elevation in the Ortler Alpen/Gruppo del Ortles, in the north-east side of the group. In German it’s called also as Orglespitz as well as Argelspitze or Laaserspitze (about the small town Laas/Lasa north to the peak). Its Italian name is Punta di Lasa.
The altitude of this peak is 3305 m, but there are Austrian sources telling 3304 m, too.
This peak is not the highest and most important peak of the Ortler Group. In the moment of the creation of the page of Orgelspitze, there are already 13 pages created about higher peaks of the Ortler Alpen in SP, and there are only 9 smaller peaks with pages in SP. Nevertheless there are a few reasons why climb this peak:
- Easy to access from Vinschgau/Val Venosta
- No technical difficulty to ascend the summit in summer though it’s a peak over 3300 m
- The view around is excellent, with the valley Vinschgau in the north and with the even higher peaks of the Ortler Group in the west and in the south. This mountain has a unique position as the northeastern outpost of the Ortler Group towards Vinschgau valley.
Orgelspitze is within the boundaries of the National Park Stilfser Joch.
A ridge called Schwarzwand connects Orgelspitze with the peak called Jennewand/Croda Jenne (2962 m) north to it. The saddle between Orgelspitze and Jennewand is in 2799 m elevation.
While Orgelspitze is built of phyllite, Jennewand is built of a much noble material: while marble of Laas. It a white marble of excellent quality with good weather resistance. Famous as building material of public buildings and that of sculptures. Just some examples of famous monuments made of this marble:
- Schiller Monument in Dresden
- Sepulchre of Pope Pius IX in the Basilica of Saint Lawrence outside the Walls in Rome
- Mozart Monument in Wien in Burggarten (1896)
- New York County Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Another ridge connects Orgelspitze with the peak Weisswand (2765 m) being north-east to Orgelspitze. Weisswand is built of white marble, too. Weisswand means “White Wall”.
The ridge leading to south-west connects Orgelspitze with the neighbouring peak called Schluderspitze/Punta do Sluderno (3230 m). The saddle between the two peaks is called Schluderscharte/Forc.la di Sluderno with the altitude of 2987 m. The only marked tourist path 8A/34 interconnects here the neighbouring valleys of Laaser Taal/Valle di Lasa and Martelltal/Val Martello.
Due to the high altitude of the peak there is no vegetation on the peak. Approximately above 2900 meter elevation it is bare rock.
J. Feuerstein was the first person known to climb this peak - in 1855. The first known ascent from the north-east ridge was Emil and Otto Zsigmondy, and M. Wachter on the 16th July 1881.
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