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 Oberalpstock 3328m is a mountain in Switzerland, in the canton Uri, located in the Uri Alps. He's on the boarder of the
Swiss-cantons Uri and Gisons (Graubünden). This mountain is close-by the villages Disentis and Bristen in the beautiful Maderaner-valley.
To the east of the summit you find the glacier "Brunnifirn" and to the north the glacier "Staldenfirn".
The Rhaeto-Romanic name of the Oberalpstock is Piz Tgietschen.
Oberalpstock is a popular mountain in summer as well as in spring with ski. With ski is essential to have a minimal avalanche risk.
RouteNormal route in the summer:
From the Cavardiras hut 2649m over the Brunnifirn and the south-east flank to the peak.
Difficulty: L (F)
Ski tour route:
With the mountain railways of Disentis to the summit station Piz Ault 2770m. Traverse with ski to the bay by the point 2891m. There you can cross the ridge to attain the Brunnifirn (fixed ropes). Along with ski, up to Oberalpstock 3328m
Difficulty: ZS (AD)
Route: 219b ¦ 650 metres in altitude
Getting ThereBy public transport
From Chur (capital of Grisons) with train until Disentis 1130m. Than on a marked hiking trail to the Cavardiras hut 2649m
Online train schedule (public transport Switzerland): SBB schedule
From Chur on the highway to Disentis. Disentis is the starting point for the Oberalpstock.
Online route scheduler: route scheduler in english
Cavardiras hut 2649m - Link: cavardiras english.ch
Weather, climate and snow conditions in SwitzerlandFederal Office of Meteorology and Climatology
Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos: www.slf.ch
Oberalpstock ski tour: oberalp powder.ch
and link Oberalp tour
Switzerland Tourism: www.myswitzerland.com
Gisons Tourism: www.graubünden.ch