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.
Bellavista lies in the Bernina Group, between Piz Palü (3901m) and Piz Zupo (3996m), on the border of Switzerland and Italy.
Bellavista has four summits, the main one 3922 m high. The mountain is near the hamlet of Morteratsch in Switzerland and Barchi in Italy. Bellavista is surrounded by two large glaciers named "Vadret da Morteratsch" and "Altipiano di Fellaria", with big and dangerous crevasses. Bellavista is a popular mountain in summer as well as in spring with skis.
Route & Difficulty
The normal route from Switzerland:
Boval-Hut or Hotel Diavolezza - Fortezza ridge / Fortezza 3482m - Fuorcla Bellavista - Bellavista. Eminently beautiful is the exceeding over all four peaks, with descent to the Marco e Rosa Hut 3597m.
Difficulty: WS (PD) (take care of the large crevasses!)
SBB & RHB-railway from St.Moritz to the railway station Morteratsch
Online train&bus schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule
Above the Julierpass 2284m (Pass dal Güglia) or the Berninapass 2307m (Passo del Bernina)
When you go to the Guesthouse Diavolezza 2973m, take Cable car up, from Bernina-Diavolezza 2093m (car park and railway station)
for the Central range follow the road for Campo Moro
near the dam of Campo Moro the starting point of the paths to
- Bivouac Pansera 3549m
- Rifugio Marinelli 2813m
- Rifugio Marco e Rosa (3597m)