Gross Düssi 3256m

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.71291°N / 8.68366°E
Activities Activities: Mountaineering, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 10682 ft / 3256 m
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In Memory of Cyrill Rüegger

A 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 where he contributed 585 mountain profiles and reports in his native language German. Cyrill also posted on 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.


The Gross Düssi 3256m is a mountain in central part of Switzerland, in the canton Uri, on the boarder of the Swiss-cantons Uri and Gisons (Graubünden). Located in the Glarus and Uri Alps. This mountain is close-by the villages Amsteg and Bristen in the beautiful Maderaner-valley (biological very interesting). The Rhaeto-Romanic name of the Gross Düssi is Piz Git.

To the north of the summit you find the glacier "Ober Hüfifirn" and to the east the "Glatscher da Cavrein"

Gross Düssi 3256mis a popular mountain in summer as well as in spring with ski. With ski is essential to have a minimal avalanche risk.

First ascent: 1841 A.Escher and G.Tresch

Trip report from Gross Düssi 3256m: Link to the Gross Dussi tour

Gross Düssi 3256mGross Düssi 3256m

Route & Difficulty

A celebrity and ambitious tour is the exceedance of the Gross Düssi 3256m (our route):

UP to the north-west ridge and down over the south ridge. Starting point from Hüfi Hut 2334m.

Difficulty: ZS- (AD-) / II to III (UIAA)

The normal route and the easiest:

From the Hinterbalm Hut over the south ridge.

Difficulty: WS (PD)

Getting There

By public transport

On the Gotthard railway, from Lucerne to Göschenen, the village in front of the famous Gotthard-tunnel. From Göschenen with Bus to Bristen 778m. Bristen is the starting point to go in the Hüfi Hut 2334m

Online train schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule

By car:

From Lucerne on the Gotthard-highway to Amsteg and Bristen. Bristen 778m is the starting point to go in the Hüfi Hut 2334m

Online route scheduler: route scheduler in english and


> Hüfi Hut 2334m: Link to Hufi hut

> Hinterbalm Hut 1817m Link: Hinterbalm Hut

Hüfi hutHüfi Hut 2334m

Weather, climate and snow conditions in Switzerland

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology

Weather SFDRS


Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos:


Switzerland Tourism:
Uri tourism:

Good and favorable accommodations:

Link to Gross Düssi 3256m: Düssi Rockers

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alpenkalb - Apr 24, 2008 9:20 am - Hasn't voted


Latitude and longitude are dubious. If I can help you, tell me. Greetings alpenkalb


Cyrill - Apr 24, 2008 3:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Latitude

I have it corrected, am better it?


alpenkalb - May 6, 2008 9:48 am - Hasn't voted

looks fine

Ich gratuliere!

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