Meteoschweiz forcasted sunny weather in Graubunden so we headed towards Piz Kesch. Unfortunatly the bad weather reached us much sooner than expected. Summited nevertheless. No views, rain, snow.. Albulapas - Piz Kesch took us 4 hours.
good view (to Piz Palü) when we started at Cap. Es-Cha. Weather became worse (foggy and strong winds) on the ascent.
Nice and easy via the East Face
but also very impressive and beautiful - normal route from Chamanna Es-cha
Great mountain, great tour :-)
started with 3 friends at the Chamanna d'Es-cha trailhead close to the Albula pass at 4.40am. Reached Chamanna d'Es-cha at 5.30am. Continued after a short break and reached the summit at 9.30am. Back at the car by 1.30pm, just before it started raining.
On the way up we chose the alternative through the east face near the summit, on the way down we tried to follow the NE ridge as much as possible. The latter seemed a little more difficult but the rock was a lot better here.
Conditions: some remaining snow below Porta d'Es-cha. No crampons necessary on the glacier. The first chute in the rock right above the glacier was still filled with soft snow (no crampons here either). No snow on the upper part of the face/ridge. Perfect conditions.
Beautiful tour to the Piz Kesch/Piz d'Es-cha 3418m
photos are here: Piz Kesch/Piz d'Es-cha 3418m