First ascent - Piz Bernina

Bernina - weit und gefaehrlich war die Route der Erstbesteiger ueber den Morteratsch-Gletscher auf den Piz Bernina.

Bernina - weit und gefaehrlich war die Route der Erstbesteiger ueber den Morteratsch-Gletscher auf den Piz Bernina.

Pontresina: Hotel Walther

Pontresina: Hotel Walther

Berninahäuser: Diavolezza - Piz Palü

Berninahäuser: Diavolezza - Piz Palü

Berninahäuser: Diavolezza II

Berninahäuser: Diavolezza II

Berninahäuser: Diavolezza III

Berninahäuser: Diavolezza III

Berninahäuser: Diavolezza I

Berninahäuser: Diavolezza I

Pontresina: Alp Languard

Pontresina: Alp Languard

Pontresina: Engadin St. Moritz - Hotel Saratz

Pontresina: Engadin St. Moritz - Hotel Saratz

Pontresina: Engadin St. Moritz - Ausblick Restaurant Languard

Pontresina: Engadin St. Moritz - Ausblick Restaurant Languard

Berninahäuser: Engadin St. Moritz - Piz Palü und Piz Bernina

Berninahäuser: Engadin St. Moritz - Piz Palü und Piz Bernina

Pontresina: Hotel Walther

Pontresina: Hotel Walther

Berninahäuser: Engadin St. Moritz - Diavolezza, Pontresina

Berninahäuser: Engadin St. Moritz - Diavolezza, Pontresina

Morteratsch: Camping Plauns Pontresina

Morteratsch: Camping Plauns Pontresina

Pontresina: Grand Hotel Kronenhof

Pontresina: Grand Hotel Kronenhof

"At 6 o’clock in the evening we stand atop the longed-for, lofty peak, on soil that has never been tread upon by man, at 4052 meters above sea level, the highest point of the canton.”

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On September 13, 1850, the 28-year-old Johann Coaz and his helpers reach the highest peak of the Swiss Engadine and the Italian Valtellina. Because the highest point of the Canton of Graubünden, now measured at 4048.6 meters, does not yet have a name, Coaz calls it Piz Bernina.

In 1922, on the 100th birthday of Coaz, an honorary SAC member, the Bernina Section mounts a memorial plaque in honor of Bernina’s first climber. In 1926 the Chamanna Coaz is inaugurated in the remotest corner of Val Roseg. But one will look in vain for a Piz Coaz on the map of Switzerland. Shortly before his death Coaz recalls: “On the second day after the first ascent I went to Samaden and informed my friends in the Casino of the first ascent of the Bernina, but met only with doubting smiles, because the Bernina was considered unconquerable. Only at the entrance to the village, where the Hotel Bernina stands today, was I able convince the gentlemen of the first ascent of the Bernina when, with the telescope, I showed them the flag fluttering on the summit.”

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