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 Platta Group is a mountain range in the eastern part of Switzerland, in the canton Grisons (Graubünden). A part of the Rhaetian Alps and of the Oberhalbstein area.
Located between the village Savognin and Julier pass. The river Julia (Geglia) flows trough this region. In this district the minority language rhaeto-romanic and german is spoken.
The area is parcel out in the rural commune: Salouf, Riom-Parsonz, Cunter, Savognin, Tinizong-Rona, Mulegns, Sur, Marmorera und Bivio.
Summits in the Platta GroupPiz Platta 3392m
Piz Forbesch 3258m
Piz Arblatsch 3203m
Piz Timun / Pizzo d'Emet 3201m
Pizzo Stella 3162m
Piz Duan 3131m
Pizzo Gallegione 3109m
Cima di Lago 3082m
Piz Grisch 3062m
Piz Piot 3053m
Usser Wissberg 3053m
Surettahorn /Pizzo Suretta 3039m
Piz Turba 3018m
Piz Curvèr 2975m
...and many more
Piz is rhaeto-romanic, a minority language in Switzerland, and means peak. Or in italien pizzo.
AccommodationsNot many huts in this region. Here some guesthouses:
- Hotel Bergalga >Link: Bergalga
- Ski hut Platta in 7455 Mulegns, Tel. ++41/81/684 55 95 (starting point for Piz Platta 3392m)
- Youth Hostels >Link Youth Hostels Switzerland
- Hotels in Savognin >Link: Savognin.ch
Books & MapGuidebook summer:
Bündner Alpen 6
Author Manfred Hunziker
Bündner Alpen 3
Author Manfred Hunziker
Online maps of Switzerland:
Map Search - Online Maps
Weather ConditionsFederal 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
Gisons Tourism: www.graubünden.ch
Good and favorable accommodations: www.rooms.ch
>> Link to the official government map: GR.CH