Corridor NW

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 46.64567°N / 8.42377°E
Additional Information Route Type: Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Step ice slope
Additional Information Grade: III
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About aspect
The side faced to WNW does not aid the warm-up of the valley slope and therefore does’n aid to "soft " the snow. During the whole morning the sun get only of shear the steps of the summit ice cap and the corridor, without to provoke some overheating of the snowpack.
From late May to beginning june, with conditions nivo-weather in the norm is advisable to begin the descent towardsthe 11/11,30 am ; otherwise with "fresh" temperature it’ s better to undertake the descent in the early afternoon (1,00/1,30 pm ).
About difficuly
Optimal variation to crowed route the always normal for valley slope SW ; more committing than this last one, but sure of greater satisfaction it is for the climb that for the skiing . The first part across the Rhoneglacier is carried out on street slopes; skiable down only with flowing snow

Getting There

Access to the col of the Furka, and from Andermatt, to W from the high Vallese.The col is one of the last ones to being opened in springtime, in kind to june.
Clipped in Transport from the service Mails .

Route Description

Galenstock - NW corridor
Get the normal route to the Galenstock by the W flank through the glacier of the Rodano. Pass beyond the shunting line of Galengletscher, under altitude 2769 m. (where the SW's ridge start by the Rhonegletscher) and slowly catching upfor short a steep slope successive to the feet of slope NW of the Galenstock (the 1,30 h).
To continue towards up climbing the large slope and aim at the corridors that come down from the summit snowy ice cap. Climb with the skis under to the 3 corridors, very visible from the bottom, until where the slope concurs it. Continue by feet taking the more skillful a corridor of the 3, little pronounced and steepest (150/200 meters, beyond 45°). Do not try to get that more pronounced and obvious one , because the exit above is always obstructed by a strained ice-fall .
Top out from the corridor going in last left back , where the slope is attenuated and reach the basin at the base of the summit ice cap (1,30/2 h). Climb the ice cap in the center (steep and bold, approximately 300 m. max 45°) and directly top out in point for a last short jump (15 m. to 50°).
Descent for the same route.

Essential Gear

Normal equipements for gletscher ski-tour.

External Links

normal route

Skiing on Galenstock June 2006
Galenstock - NW corridor



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