Ascent of Druesberg on 2010-06-27

Climber: Lee Newton

Date:Sunday, June 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:7487 ft / 2282 m

Ascent Trip Report

At the end of the first real week of summer, I set off early for Schwyz. There was already some traffic headed on the road south from Lake Zurich as I drove up through Einsiedeln and Unteriberg. At the road end I bizarrely found a concrete multi-storey car park that wouldn't have looked out of place in Milton Keynes. On the plus side the car would stay cool in the hot sun.

Unfortunately I would not. The cable car serving the Hoch-Ybrig ski area did not start it's summer season, leaving me a long ascent from the valley bottom instead of a walk along the ridge as planned.

However, I noted a path on the map making it's way up the steep cliffs on the east side of the valley. Since this was still in the shade it won my vote for ascent route. Although the cliffs looked very steep the path finds an amazingly easy way through. At onlz one point was there a small ladder and a few chains, and these were more for the nervous than the needy. Soon I reached the hut and could see the steep cliffs of the summit before me. The path headed diagonally right across the grassy slopes before turning back left uphill over some scree to the col between the Druesberg and the Forstberg. There was one steepish section that had just a bit too much snow on it to be ideal and which could be quite tricky if it were cold (icy). I recommend carrying crampons & axe in early season.

From the col the ridge is very steep but the path winds left to outflank them, again avoiding all difficulties, before a few meters of narrow ridge to the summit gave a sudden sense of exposure. The views south to Toedi and east to Glarnisch were very fine.

On the way down I headed for the Steinhuttli and continued descending west to a path junction at 1429m (spot height on the map. From here a forest road heads northeast, taking a longish way back to the valley. I saw a shorter path on the map heading first southwest to a farm building the north down to the valley. This route can absolutely not be recommended, unless of course you like first being up to your waist in cowshit and mud, followed by scrambling your way over/through the detritus of newly felled pine forest.

Somewhat later and sweatier than planned I finally made it out of the forest back to the car to find the valley full of some idiot car club types screeching up and down the car park, leaving rubber and the stench of petrol lingering in the hithertofore beautiful alpine air. Apparently they do it every year on the last weekend of June, well worth avoiding.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4091 ft / 1246 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4091 ft / 1246 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4091 ft / 1246 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:via Druesberg Hut
    Start Trailhead:Weglosen  3396 ft / 1035 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4091 ft / 1246 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:via Steinhuttli
    End Trailhead:Weglosen  3396 ft / 1035 m
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes

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