Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 46.69420°N / 8.67989°E
Additional Information Elevation: 10158 ft / 3096 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 Piz Giuv 3096m is a mountain in Switzerland, on the boarder of the Swiss-canton Uri and Gisons (Graubünden).
This mountain is close-by the village Sedrun and Bristen in the Maderaner-valley and also by the Oberalp pass.

To the north-east of the Piz Giuv you find the glacier "Spillauibielfirn", the last glacier in the area, which has suffered heavily from global warming.

The second name of the "Piz Giuv" is "Schattig Wichel"

Route & Difficulty

From the Etzli hut 2052m on path spoors to the Fellelifirn and the "Fuorcla Piz Nair 2830m". Along the east ridge to the Top of Piz Giuv.
Difficulty: T5 (BG)

Ski tour route:
From the village Rueras 1405m trough the valley "Val Giuv" to the Fuorcla Piz Nair 2830m. Along the east ridge to the Top of Piz Giuv.
Difficulty: ZS+ (AD+)
Route: 222 ¦ 1700m metres in altitude


Etzli hut 2052m


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 Etzli hut 2052m

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 Etzli hut 2052m.

Online route scheduler: route scheduler in english and

Weather, climate and snow conditions in Switzerland

Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology

Weather SFDRS


Swiss Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research Davos:


Link to the Piz Giuv 3096m Tour: ski tour to piz

Switzerland Tourism:

Uri tourism:

Gisons Tourism: www.graubü