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.
OverviewTiefenstock 3515m is a mountain in Switzerland, in the canton Uri, located in the Uri Alps Groups. The Tiefenstock is close-by the Galenstock 3586m and by the Furka-pass. To the west of the Tiefenstock you find the glacier "Rhonegletscher", to the east the glacier "Tiefengletscher".
Tiefenstock is a popular mountain in summer as well as in spring with ski. With ski is essential to have a minimal avalanche risk.
Albert Heim hut - Tiefengletscher - nördlicher Tiefensattel 3334m - south west flank - Tiefenstock
Difficulty: WS (PD)
Furka pass - Rhonegletscher (Rhone glacier) - Tiefenstock. This rout is a little bit longer
Difficulty: WS (PD)
Ski tour route:
Starting point is Belvedere, an ancient hotel on the Furka pass:
Furka pass/Belvedere - Rhonegletscher (Rhone glacier) - south west flank - Tiefenstock
Difficulty: S (D)
Route: 209a ¦ 1250 metres in altitude
My personal tip: Do it with ski from Furka-pass. It is a fantastic ski tour.
Accommodations> Albert Heim hut 2542m from the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC): Link to Albert Heim hut
> Hotel Tiefenbach at the Furka pass road. Link: www.hotel-tiefenbach.ch
Getting ThereWith public transport:
On the Gotthard railway, from Lucerne or Zurich to Göschenen, the village in front of the famous Gotthard-tunnel. From Göschenen with Matterhorn-Gotthard railway to Andermatt. And with the next train to the village Realp. Then walk to Albert Heim hut or hotel Tiefenbach.
Online train schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule
From Zürich or Lucerne to Göschenen. On the Gotthard pass road to Andermatt and to Realp. In summertime on the Furka pass road to Hotel Belvedere.
Online route scheduler: route scheduler in english and TCS.ch
Weather conditions in SwitzerlandFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology
LinkSki tour to Tiefenstock 3515m: Link to Tiefenstock
Uri tourism: www.uri.info.ch
Switzerland Tourism: www.myswitzerland.com
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