Ascent of Brienzer Rothorn on 2004-08-08

Climber: Mark Trengove

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 8, 2004
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Train
Peak:Brienzer Rothorn
    Elevation:7703 ft / 2347 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the steam rack-railway from Brienz up to Planalp, where I alighted. From there a good trail brought me into the summer settlement of Greesgi. After crossing a dry stream bed, the trail continued up to the lip of the cirque, crossing the railway track several times. The trail continued in zig-zags up the south face of the mountain to the summit. I descended to the col between the summit and the subsidiary top to join the crowds in the summit complex, complete with brass band playing. To get some peace to eat my lunch, I scaled the subsidiary top Schonguetsch 2320m/54m. I had intended to continue on the trail along the ridge to Arnihaaggen 2207m/182m, but as time was pressing I abandoned the attempt and headed back down to Planalp by my outward route to board the rack-railway down into Brienz again.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3549 ft / 1080 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3549 ft / 1081 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Hot, Calm, Clear
Sunshine, then a thunderstorm
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3369 ft / 1026 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Route:Greesgi - Oberstafel - summit
    Start Trailhead:Planalp  4334 ft / 1321 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3549 ft / 1081 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3369 ft / 1026 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Schonguetsch 2320m - Oberstafel - Greesgi - Planal
    End Trailhead:Planalp  4334 ft / 1321 m
    Time:2 Hours 25 Minutes

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