A truly spectacular route in the granite rocks of the Schöllenen gorge, albeit with plenty of grass in between. There are fascinating views down into the wild gorge and its roads.
K2-3. Moderately difficult via ferrata, ideal for beginners. With 700 metres of wire rope, 265 iron pins and pitons, artificial footholds and two attached ladders. Not advisable when wet (grass).
Andermatt (1436 m), station for the Furka-Oberalp-Bahn railway and terminus for the funicular coming up from Göschenen. Parking at the station.
From the station at Andermatt, follow the route alongside and on the main road (route signed) through the Urner Loch into the Schöllenen gorge, turning right before you reach the Teufelsbrücke Bridge and making for the Suvorov Memorial (1,405 m).
Diavolo via ferrata
Go across the low wall and on the wire rope to the actual start. The route rises steeply and airily over a striking rib and into stepped terrain, before moving over alternating flat rocks and grassy ledges towards the mountain. There are gripping views down into the Schöllenen gorge with the old Teufelsbrücke and its modern transport routes, which gradually shrink to toy size. There is an extended and unsecured left traverse (refer to the book of routes) taking you over to the route's grande finale: a channel, an exposed corner of rock and finally a vertical ladder, before you are standing on the edge of the Tüfelstalboden (approx. 1,860 m). Only slightly higher, there is a delightful stopping-point below the Uri flag, with a view of the jagged granite of Salbitschijen.
On a well-signed path, first taking in a slight climb over the Tüfelstalboden, and then gently downhill to the avalanche obstructions, before zig-zagging down to the barracks area at Andermatt.
Eugen E. Hüsler/Daniel Anker: Wandern vertikal. Die Klettersteige der Schweiz, AT Verlag, Baden 2004
Region: Gotthard region
Peak/Highest point: Tüfelstalboden (approx. 1,900 m)
Time required: climb 2 hours (via ferrata 1 hour), descent 1 hour; total 3 hours.
Variation in height: 500 m (via ferrata 450 m)
4 to 8 hours (full day)
|Suitable for children with age||
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