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 Altels 3629m is a mountain in Switzerland, in the canton Berne, located in the Bernese Alps. Altels is in the norh-west of the Balmhorn 3698m. This mountain is close-by the villages Kandersteg and Leukerbad on the boarder of the Swiss-cantons Berne (Bern) and Valais (Wallis).
On the normal route (north-west flank) is no glacier. To the south-east of the summit you find the glacier "Balmhorngletscher" and to the south the "Schwarzgletscher". Altels is a popular mountain in summer as well as in spring with ski. With ski is essential to have a minimal avalanche risk. First ascent: 8. July 1874 by Hans Hari, Hermann Löhnert & Fritz Ogi.
Link to Altels 3629m: >Altels 3629m
Route & DifficultyA celebrity and ambitious tour is the exceedance Balmhorn - Altels.
Route: Balmhorn Hut - Wildelsigen ridge - Balmhorn - south-east ridge - Altels.
Difficulty: ZS (AD)
Schwarenbach Hotel - Zacken ridge - Balmhorn - south-east ridge - Altels
Difficulty: ZS- (AD-)
Normal route to Altels (also not easy):
Schwarenbach Hotel, over the broad and abrupt north-west flank to Altels
Difficulty: WS+ / ZS- (PD+ / AD-).
Schwarenbach Hotel, over the band and abrupt north-west flank to Altels.
Getting ThereWith public transport:
From Berne with train to Kandersteg and with bus to Eggeschwand. Take cable car up to Sunnbüel 1934m.
Online train schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule
From Berne to Kandersteg.Take cable car up to Sunnbüel 1934m.
Online route scheduler: route scheduler in english and TCS.ch
AccommodationsMountain Hotel Schwarenbach 2061m. Link> Schwarenbach
Winteregg Hut 1888m. Link> Winteregg Hut
Balmhorn Hut 1955m. Link>Balmhorn Hut
More accommodations on Kandersteg-Tourismus: >kandersteg.ch
Books & MapGuidebook summer:
Hochtouren Berner Alpen
Author: Ueli Mosimann
Skitouren Berner Alpen ost
Author: Ralph Schnegg/Daniel Anker
Map Search - Online Maps
Online Map Swissmap
Weather, climate and snow conditions in SwitzerlandFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology
Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos: www.slf.ch
LinksBernese Oberland Tourismus: berneroberland.ch
Switzerland Tourism: www.myswitzerland.com
Good and favorable accommodations: www.rooms.ch
Wikipedia about Altels (german): Altels
Wikipedia about Bernese Alps: Bernese Alps