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.
OverviewPiz Sardona 3055m is a mountain in Switzerland, in the canton St.Gallen and Glarus. He’s on the boarder of this Swiss-cantons St.Gallen and Glarus. Located in den St.Gall Alps and Glarus Alps. Piz Sardona is close by villages Weisstannen, Vättis/Gigerwald and Sargans. Piz Sardona is a popular mountain in summer as well as in spring with ski.
To the east of the summit you find the glacier "Sardona-Gletscher" and to the south the glacier "Glatscher dil Segnas".
The second name of Piz Sardona is Surenstock.
RouteNormal route in the summertime:
From Sardona-Hut 2158m or from the Schrääwisli-Hut 1732m over the east ridge to the Piz Sardona and after to the Piz Segnas
Difficulty: WS (PD)
Ski tour route:
Start by the mountain-railway station "Fil de Cassons/Cassonsgrat 2634m". Mountain-railway Flims/Laax by the Village Flims.
>With Ski over the glacier "Glatscher dil Segnas" to the Surenjoch between Piz Segnas and Piz Sardona. Then to the Piz Sardona and after to the Piz Segnas.
Difficulty: WS (PD) ¦ 800 metres in altitude - Route 205
Getting ThereBy public transport
From Zurich with train until Sargans and to the next village Bad Ragaz. After that with the yellow post-bus to Vättis and Gigerwald.
On a marked hiking trail to the Schrääwisli-Hut 1732m or the Sardona-Hut 2158m.
Online train&bus schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule
From Zurich on the highway to Sargans, Bad Ragaz and Vättis / Gigerwald. On a marked hiking trail to the Schrääwisli-Hut 1732m
or the Sardona-Hut 2158m
Online Route scheduler: route scheduler in english and TCS.ch
AccommodationSardona-Hut 2158m. Link: sardonahut.ch
Schrääwisli-Hut 1732m Link:schraeawislihut.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