Ascent of Flüela-Wisshorn on 2014-08-23

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Lee Newton -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Andrew Tibbetts
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 23, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:10121 ft / 3084 m

Ascent Trip Report

First peak of a 4 day weekend: a half day hike with some interesting scrambling. Andrew and I fly into Zurich where we're met by Lee and drive to the trailhead, a large layby below the Fluelapass at N46.76535 E9.94057, 2212m, near a mountain hut (Wagerhus).

We hike at 2pm taking the obvious trail signposted towards Winterlucke, soon taking a signed turn R. We arrive at Winterlucke (pass N46.77112 E9.94627 2350m in 1h15 then turn R, following a cairned trail with a few alternative routes passing L or R of a few obstacles. Looking back down the ridge we glimpse the multicoloured lakes Joriseen. We reach some slabs where Lee prefers to scramble straight up while Andrew and I take an easy ledge left (YDS3) then follow the cairned route (a few more easy slabs) to the foresummit (cairn N46.76282 E9.96699, P7m, register). After a short down-scramble the route climbs to a small tower with no obvious route onward. I find a slabby bypass line R from the saddle: Lee spots an easy chimney L. Crossing an easy arete the summit is soon reached (wooden pole, summit register N46.76213 E9.96665, 3081m). There's another summit 30m further on (N46.76195 E9.96643, cairn). We're up in 2h45.

There's little visibility and a few spits of rain, so we head straight down, reversing the ledgy traverse route then via the Winterlucke back to the trailhead, 4h30 round trip, 30 mins ahead of guide book time. Still not raining although there's a little later, but by then we're installed on the hospice at Fluelapass summit, where we enjoy a good meal and a good night in the bunkhouse.

Next day we climb Muttler.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2930 ft / 893 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Trailhead:NW of Fluelepass  7257 ft / 2211 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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