Ascent of Muttler on 2014-08-24

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Lee Newton -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Andrew Tibbetts
Date:Sunday, August 24, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:10807 ft / 3293 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our Fluela-Wisshorn ascent we spend the night at the bunkhouse on the nearby Fluelapass. In the morning it's raining: we check the forecast, abandon any thought of tackling Piz Toedi on this trip and drive round to Samnaun, which is in a Swiss valley which can only be accessed from Italy, and is duty free, so a good place to get petrol! By the time we arrive, as expected, the rain has stopped and the clouds are starting to lift.

We park at the far end of the village in a large parking area in front of the Bundnerhof hotel, N46.94254 E10.36111, 1849m. The main path follows the left (true right) bank of the stream and the easiest way to reach it is to walk the road to the downhill side of the hotel and cross the bridge, although we follow a path on the R side of the stream and cross a bridge higher up.

After a steepish climb the excellent path passes a signed L turn which is an alternative route to Muttler, although a nicer route in descent which is the way we do it. The main route,signposted Muttler, continues straight up the valley then bends L at the end and zigzags steeply uphill. Muttler is straight ahead and the very impressive slightly lower Stammerspitz is back to our R: both appear briefly from the cloud. We pass a small pool which is the Roten Seeli, usually bright red due to lichen although disappointingly clear currently due to the cold wet summer.

Just above the pool is a signpost (N46.91369 E10.37158, 2589m) where we turn R for Muttler (straight on leads to the fork by the bench,mentioned earlier. We soon reach the north ridge of our peak, which is looking pretty steep although this is partly a foreshortening effect. We cross a small dip (Rossbodenjoch) then climb to the summit, initially on easy zigzags but the final 200m is on loose muddy slate with a dusting of fresh snow, needing especial care in descent. We pass a few other folk on their way down, having evidently made an early rainy start.

The summit has a tall cairn and a slightly lower pole with a summit register. Just below is a concrete slab which used to support a comms mast. Fixed to it is a plaque commemorating a helicopter pilot and two engineers who died in a crash during mast construction. Between this and the summit are two trig markers: a cut mark in a rock and a bolt in a nearby rock.

A Dutch girl summits just before us: she has come up from the village SW of the peak and summitted via the west ridge. Gradually the clouds part and we start to get views. Beyond Stammerspitz is the big prominent Fluchthorn, with Piz Linard's serious looking black tooth to its L. After about 30 mins we head down, reversing our ascent route, rather carefully for the steep slippery upper 200m, then easily down in pleasant sunshine.

At the signpost (N46.91369 E10.37158, 2589m) above the red pool we turn R and take the alternative descent, with wonderful views across the village to steep peaks catching the late sunlight. The trail is well marked, descending gradually before zigzagging steeply down to the main path at the bench passed on the way up. Turning R we are soon back at the car.

Timings: 3h50 up, 30 mins at summit, 2h40 down, 7hr round trip.

We return to the main valley and check into the campsite at Scuol for 2 nights, planning Piz Sesvenna tomorrow.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4807 ft / 1465 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Trailhead:Samnaun: Bundnerhof  6066 ft / 1848 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 1/2+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 40 Minutes

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