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JoshUntitled Comment


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It is possible to choose multiple countries when submitting a mountain. The countries will be displayed as "Country1/Country2" in alphabetical order ....however, I think this is broken right now on the mountain edit page. So, I just altered the country for Castor myself. It's now "Italy/Switzerland."

The other mountains that had multiple countries in non-alphabetical order have been fixed. I think that was an artifact from the time when countries were entered free-form.
Posted Sep 8, 2001 11:34 am

JScolesUntitled Comment


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Yes it is is true the peak does straddle the border but which country to put it in?

I had a look at the Swiss topo-map in my collection and surprise surprise the peak (?? It has no real pointy bit per say just a rounded top) is on the Swiss side. I am sure if I had the Italian topo map the Peak would be in Italy.

This is a long running battle between cartographers who draw the maps and politicians who then add in the borders.

The most famous of these in the Zermatte area is the Matterhorn/Cervinia where the summit has passed between Italy and Switzerland many times.

Another good one is Kilimanjaro where the border was moved about 200 miles or so NE at the instance of none other that Queen Victoria herself, so the mountain would fall into German East Africa (Tanzania) instead of British East Africa (Kenya) because England already had the greatest falls and second highest peak so it was only fair that Germany got the highest peak.

Posted Sep 11, 2001 4:38 am

Rahel Maria LiuUntitled Comment

Rahel Maria Liu

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Hi John,

I copy some infos how to get to Zermatt from my Lyskamm-page:

To the MONTE-ROSA-HÜTTE (2795m):

You reach the hut from the station Rotenboden (Gornergrat cable car) over the Gornerglacier in 2 - 2,5 h, 200hm up and down. The way over the glacier is partly marked by poles. From the station Rotenboden, you choose the way with S-direction to the ridge saddle in the E of the Riffelhorn (signs). After a few 100 meters, the way goes up over the Gornerglacier to the E and slightly down to the S-flank of the Gorner-ridge. You reach the Grenzglaicer and traverse it to the S till you reach the E-side of the Grenzglacier. You climb up on the glacier below the hut. You reach via the moraine in short zigzag (100hm).

You can also come from the station Stockhorn. You pass the Stockhorn in 30 min. to the E to the Stockhornpass and traverse the Gornerglacier at the foot of the Nordend (NW). Then you go at the left side down and along the Monte-Rosa-Glacierbreak and the rocks. You reach the edge on about 3120m (pole). You go up slightly on the S-side and traverse the middle tongue of the Monte-Rosa-glacier to the Unteren Plattje and the hut (2-3h)

You can also make the long ascent over the whole Gornerglacier (about 9 km from Furi, 4 h, 940 hm). About 1 km northwestern of the icy glacier-tongue, the road from Furi ends.

You reach the train to the Gornerridge from Zermatt.

You reach Zermatt (1616m) with car or bus from Visp/Brig and by train from Täsch. Zermatt is well-know in the whole world as one center of the Walliser Alps. You are not allowed to drive your car in the village.

Brig is the main city of the upper Wallis and the junction of the trains:

a. Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon-Domodossola

b. Furka-Oberalppass (Andermatt/Disentis, Glacierexpress)

c. Brig-Visp-Zermatt

d. Lake of Geneva-Milano

In Brig, many busses arrive as well:

a. Simplon-Gondo

b. Saastal

c. Blatten

d. Mund

e. Rosswald

You reach Visp/Brig by car:

a. from the West: From Geneva (airport) on the A1 to Lausanne, on the A9 via Montreux, Martigny and Sion to Sierre. From Sierre the road no. 9 with direction to Brig. But at Visp, you turn already right to the S with directin to the Saaser valley. In Stalden, you turn right and leave the Saaser valley to the left. Here, the Matter valley beginns. Via St. Niklaus, Randa and Täsch, you reach Zermatt.

b. from the North: from Bern on the A6 to Spiez, from here the road to Kandersteg, at Kandersteg, you drive your car on a train and go by train through a tunnel; end of the tunnel: Goppenstein; you continue the road to the S and reach the main road from Sierre. On the crossroad, you turn left (E) and reach Visp. From here, continue as route a.

c. from the East: from Bregenz on the A13 to Chur; turn off at Reichenau and continue the road no. 19 to Brig/Visp via Flims - Sedrun - Andermatt - Gletsch - Fiesch. From Visp, continue as described in a.

d. from the South: either from Como on the A2 via Bellinzona to Airollo, then road no.2 till Hospental and here to the left on the road no. 19 to Brig/Visp or from Arona till the end von the A26 and then the E62 via Domodóssola to Brig.

Posted Jan 23, 2002 9:17 am

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Posted Dec 13, 2005 2:42 am

asWrong Coordinates


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The correct coordinates are: Latitude=45.9208 Longitude=7.79317
Posted Sep 16, 2008 7:18 am

selinunte01Important Italian hut missing


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Please note that the Rifugio Mezzalama above Ayas valley is no longer the main trailhead / hut for the Castor (and for sure: Pollux, Roccia Nera, Breithorn)ascent from Ayas valley direction. There is Rifugio Guide della Val d`Ayas (or Rifugio Lambronecca) about 1,5 hours above Mezzalama hut at 3425 m altitude (in some maps: 3394 m) which can host about 80 mountaineers. The hut was opened in 1989.
Posted Jul 24, 2011 12:43 pm

gimpilatorWrong Coordinates


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As as stated in 2008, these coordinates are incorrect so the point on the map is not represented correctly.

try these:
45.920793, 7.793337
Posted Mar 22, 2012 4:56 pm

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