In Memory of Cyrill RüeggerA note from the SP staff
Cyrill Rüegger, the member we all used to know as Cyrill and Digitalis, died on June 13th 2009 in an avalanche on the summit ridge of Piz Palü together with his wife Tanja and a common friend. They were swept down by the avalanche into a couloir underneath the east summit and died instantly. Their bodies were retrieved from the Palü Glacier by helicopter a day after the accident.
Cyrill joined SP in March 2006 and soon was one of the most prolific contributors on the site with almost 70 mountain and 5 range pages to his profile. He was an accomplished climber, bagging almost 1000 summits in not quite seven years. Among them are 35 4000ers and 272 3000ers, almost all of them in his home country Switzerland.
While contributing a lot on SP, Cyrill's real internet home was www.hikr.org where he contributed 585 mountain profiles and reports in his native language German. Cyrill also posted on www.bergsteigen.at and other climbing sites, often under his real name but also under the pseudonym Digitalis. He was a botanist by profession and also contributed his knowledge about medical plants to different websites. Cyrill will be greatly missed by all.
This page will be kept in honour of Cyrill, one of SP's most prolific members and most active mountaineers.
Rest in peace, brother!
The picture above was taken on the summit of Matterhorn on July 28th 2007.
OverviewThe Albula Group is a mountain range in the Alps of Switzerland, in the canton Grisons (Graubünden). It is named after the Albula River. The Albula Group is separated from the Oberhalbstein Range, in the north of the river Inn and east of the river Julia (Gelgia). The Albula Group is integrated in the eastern Alps of Europe and Switzerland and a part of the Rhaetian Alps.
The main valleys are Albula and Julia. The river Albula rising in the Albulapass 2312m. The Albulapass chains the villages Bergün and La punt. Other passes in the Albula group are: Julier Pass 2284m, Flüela Pass 2383m, Septimer Pass 2311m, Maloja Pass 1815m.
The Albula region has four precincts: Belfort, Alvaschein, Bergün and Surses, with the large villages Davos, Tiefencastel, Alvaschein, Bergün, Savognin, and Filisur. In this district the minority language rhaeto-romanic and german is spoken.
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Summits in the Albula GroupThe main summit in the Albula Group is the Piz Kesch 3418m / 11213ft
Piz Kesch 3418m
Piz Calderas 3397m
Piz Julier 3380m
Piz d'Err 3378m
Piz Ela 3339m
Tschima da Flix 3316m
Piz Üertsch 3268m
Piz Ot 3251m
Piz Vadret 3229m
Piz d'Agnel 3205m
Piz Blaisun 3200m
Piz Sarsura 3178m
Piz Lagrev 3165m
Piz Val Müra 3162m
Piz Mitgel 3158m
Piz Grialetsch 3131m
Piz Bleis Marscha 3128m
Piz Laviner 3137m
Piz Salteras 3111m
Piz Albana 3100m
Flüela Wisshorn 3085m
Piz Porchabella 3079m
Piz Val Lunga 3078m
Hoch Ducan 3063m
Piz Bial 3061m
Piz Forun 3052m
Piz Zavretta 3043m
Piz Lunghin 2780m
...and many more
Piz is rhaeto-romanic, a minority language in Switzerland, and means peak. Or in italien pizzo (not Pizza).
Mountain Huts & Refuges- Ela Hut 2252m (Chamonas d'Ela) >Link: Ela Hut
- Kesch Hut 2625m (Chamanna digl Kesch) >Link: Kesch Hut
- Es-cha Hut 2594m (Chamanna d'Es-cha) >Link: Es-Cha Hut
- Jenatsch Hut 2652m (Chamanna Jenatsch) >Link: Jenatsch Hut 1 & Jenatsch Hut 2
- Grialetsch hut 2542m: >Link: www.grialetschhut.ch
Books & MapGuidebook summer:
Bündner Alpen 6
Author Manfred Hunziker
LK 1:50.000 "Julierpass"
LK 1:50.000 "Bergün"
LK 1:25.000 "Albulapass"
LK 1:25.000 "Bivio"
LK 1:25.000 "Savognin"
Online maps of Switzerland:
Map Search - Online Maps
Weather, climate and snow conditions in SwitzerlandFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology
Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos: www.slf.ch
LinksWikipedia about Grisons
official government side of Grisons/Graubünden
Switzerland Tourism: www.myswitzerland.com
Good and favorable accommodations: www.rooms.ch
>> Link to the official government map: GR.CH