OverviewPiz Duan 3131m is a mountain in the eastern part of Switzerland, in the Swiss canton Grisons (Graubünden). He is located in the Rhaetian Alps and the Platta Group. In the north of the mountain is a small glacier, without crevasses, he melts fast as many other glaciers in the Alps as well.
The Piz Duan is on the border of two valleys: The Duana valley (Val da la Duana) and the Maroz valley (Val Maroz). To the north of the mountain you find the beautiful and clear mountain lake "Lägh da la Duana" 2466m. The next villages are Casaccia 1458m and Soglio 1090m.
Route & DifficultyStart in the village Casaccia 1458m. One goes into the Maroz valley (Val Maroz) to the Maroz Dora alp 1799m and the Maroz Dent alp 2035m. Then farther to the Duana lake (Lägh da la Duana) 2466m. Up to the lake it has a hiking trail. Now follows an ascent without a way, over the north side of Piz Duan to the point 3088m and reaches the summit about the east flank.
Difficulty: WS (PD) or T5-T6
In wintertime/springtime with ski, it is the same route, the same way.
AccommodationsThe best address is hotel Stampa in Casaccia. Link: www.hotelstampa.ch
Getting ThereBy public transport:
SBB & RHB-railway from Chur to St.Moritz. There transfer to the yellow post bus and drive to the villages Maloja and Casaccia.
Online train & bus schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule
From Chur to the village Tiefencastel. Forward to villages Savognin, Bivio and over the Julier pass to St.Moritz. From there to Maloja and Casaccia.
Online Route scheduler: route scheduler in english and TCS.ch
Weather, climate and snow conditions in SwitzerlandFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology
Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos: www.slf.ch
LinksSwitzerland tourism: www.myswitzerland.com
Gisons tourism: www.graubünden.ch
St.Moritz tourism: www.stmoritz.ch
Good and favorable accommodations: www.rooms.ch
In Memory of Ciryll 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.