Ascent of Hängst on 2020-09-04

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Friday, September 4, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:6860 ft / 2090 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a morning ascent of Brienzer Rothorn.

Twin peaks (or within 1m, map revision apparently ongoing). Good marked trail; Hächle involves some fairly easy scrambling, some exposure. Impressively contorted karst limestone makes for slow careful progress.

From ESE, parking at 1450m beside good unpaved road, just below Schlund, also parking 1km lower at end of surfaced road, cows in road were quite an obstruction!

Road passes farm then path signed L, mostly well marked but can be missed in a few places, up thru trees then passing thru karst limestone, some deep holes and chasms thru which path steers a sometimes intricate line, at one point passing a hole issuing cold air contrasting with the afternoon warmth. Higher up grass leading to summit ridge, very impressive atmospheric view with Hängst up to R, cross and register. Path continues towards Hächle, descending traverse, intricate karst, then crossing top of scree slope, passing small gated cave, across col, then gradual ascent, a few scrambles mostly near the summit, a little exposure. Small cross. I find the scrambling a little easier in descent. Before col I shortcut L to reach the easternmost descent path directly (there are a few scrambly options, also some cliffs. This eastern path seems easier and better marked, bringing me down to some higher farm buildings, whence the unpaved road returns me to trailhead, nice evening light.

1h45 to Hängst, 1h05 to Hächle, 1h45 down. Hängst & Hächle photos

Next day I climb Rotstöckli & Titlis with Lee Newton.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2083 ft / 634 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2083 ft / 634 m
    Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Start Trailhead:4777 ft / 1456 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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