Rigidalstock - in the eldorado of via ferrata, Engelberg

Engelberg

Titlis Trübsee

Titlis Trübsee

Engelberg Spannort

Engelberg Spannort

Engelberg est

Engelberg est

Brunni Sessel

Brunni Sessel

Brunni - Engelberg - Klostermatte

Brunni - Engelberg - Klostermatte

Fürenalp

Fürenalp

Brunni - Engelberg - Talstation Engelberg

Brunni - Engelberg - Talstation Engelberg

Parking de la halle des sports

Parking de la halle des sports

Härzlisee Brunni 1860 m.ü.M.

Härzlisee Brunni 1860 m.ü.M.

Engelberg Hahnenblick

Engelberg Hahnenblick

Titlis Jochpass

Titlis Jochpass

Funpark

Funpark

Brunni - Engelberg - Sessellift Bergstation

Brunni - Engelberg - Sessellift Bergstation

Engelberger Wetter und Bergpanorama.

Engelberger Wetter und Bergpanorama.

This tour offers great views of the peaks for modest effort, with a few attractive via ferrata passages thrown in for good measure. Ideal for beginners, even those with older children.

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Difficulty
K2. Undemanding via ferrata with optimal safety; only moderately exposed, with the key to the climb in the bottom section. The sole (minor) detraction is that you have to climb down again using the via ferrata. Extending the route over the ridge to the Spitz Mann (2,578 m), possibly also to the Grosser Sättelistock (2,637 m), would make the route much more demanding.

Starting-point
Engelberg (1,000 m), monastery settlement and holiday village below Titlis; by rail from Lucerne ( 480m). By cable-car and chairlift via Ristis (1,606 m) to the Brunnihütte lodge (1,860 m). These services operate from 8.00 - 18.00.

Walk-in
From the lift station (where there is an information board), follow the white-blue-white marked path across a stony slope in the hollow below Schonegg. Then bear right onto the meadow ridge and follow this towards the mountain and over the humpback "Uf den Stucklenen" (2,188 m). The markers then lead through blocks of stone and scree onto the slope with broken rocks below the south ridge of the Rigidalstock, where the via ferrata begins (approx. 2,380 m).

Rigidalstock
The via ferrata starts over a narrow ledge leading to the right into tiered rocks. Use the wire rope to climb over these and into a channel (the key to the climb) and onto the ridge. Follow the ridge, an easy walk to the foot of the wall leading to the top. Cross more tiered rock (using a wire rope) to a fairly steep, compact slab which is crossed using iron stirrups. Then come out to your left onto a scree ridge (take care not to dislodge any stones!), crossing this in a series of short turns to the south-west ridge and, again with rope safety, to the mountain cross.

Descent
The same route as for the climb.


Quelle:
Eugen E. Hüsler/Daniel Anker: Wandern vertikal. Die Klettersteige der Schweiz, AT Verlag, Baden 2004

Information

Region: Central Swiss Alpine foothills
Peak: Rigidalstock (2,593 m)
Time required: climb 2 3/4 hours, descent 1 3/4 hours.; total 4 1/2 hours.
Variation in height: 730 m



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