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.
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 3256m
Route & DifficultyA 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 ThereBy 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
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
> Hüfi Hut 2334m: Link to Hufi hut
> Hinterbalm Hut 1817m Link: Hinterbalm Hut
Hüfi Hut 2334m
Weather, climate and snow conditions in SwitzerlandFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology
Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos: www.slf.ch
Switzerland Tourism: www.myswitzerland.com
Uri tourism: www.uri.info.ch
Good and favorable accommodations: www.rooms.ch
Link to Gross Düssi 3256m: Düssi Rockers