Signalkuppe / Punta Gnifetti Climber's Log

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brade - Aug 8, 2005 1:41 pm

Route Climbed: Normal from Monte Rosa Htt. Date Climbed: 28 July 2005  Sucess!

Solo trough Grenzgletscher to the summit by normal route with back pack full of food and bivack equipement. I did 4 more 4000m summits on that day.

Samuli Mansikka

Samuli Mansikka - Jul 18, 2005 6:28 am

Route Climbed: Normal route from Balmenhorn Date Climbed: June 23th 2005  Sucess!

Started early in the morning from the Balmenhorn Bivouac and made it to the top by the sunrise.


erik_ravenstijn - May 20, 2005 10:55 am

Route Climbed: normal route from italy Date Climbed: 6-may-2005  Sucess!

Arrival in the dark at 22.30! I could not suggest this to anyone. We were not aware (because of the darkness)that the last part was rather steep and icy, otherwise we would have placed an ice screw (like we did the way down). Beautifaul place.

Claude Mauguier - May 15, 2005 1:21 pm

Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: aug 1990  Sucess!

Coming from Zumsteinspitze...nice to get atop a mountain where you may have a drink (expensive)...!

Mathias Zehring

Mathias Zehring - May 8, 2005 5:03 am

Route Climbed: several Date Climbed: 2000 - 2003- 2005  Sucess!

August 11th 2000 – normal route from Gnifetti hut.

The highlight of a one-week-trip was staying a night at Capanna Margherita. We descended the next day via Grenzgletscher to Gornergrat

July 30th 2003 – from Gnifetti hut

End point of a summit collection of Punta Giordani, Piramide Vincent, Balmenhorn, Corno Nero and Ludwigshoehe. Next day was bad weather so we had a pleasant rest day on Europe's highes hut. Unbelievable mountain views as clouds opened again late in the afternoon.

May 6th 2005 - ski route from Monte Rosa hut

Hard trip in mostly bad weather. Long, cold, stormy, but a great landscape on the wild Grenzgletscher glacier, and fine powder snow. We were happy about the shelter of the winter room of Capanna Margherita.

Joerg Marretsch

Joerg Marretsch - Apr 18, 2005 5:24 pm

Route Climbed: From Quintino-Sella-Hut Date Climbed: 15 August 2004  Sucess!

Beautiful but long day. We spend our lunchtime at Signalkuppe. Going down to Gnifetti Hut at afternoon.


luftikus - Nov 2, 2004 6:03 pm

Route Climbed: normal route from Ref. Gnifetti Date Climbed: August 2004  Sucess!

... we have had nice weather


flearreta - Sep 8, 2004 1:40 pm

Route Climbed: Traverse Lyskamm-Signalkuppe Date Climbed: August 29, 2004  Sucess!

A long day starting in the Quintino Sella hut at 6AM and ending atop the Marguerita Hut in the summit of Signalkuppe at 3PM. Took us 2 hours from Sella hut to Felikjoch and then an addtional 3 hours to complete the whole Lyskamm traverse up to the Lisjoch. From there, 1 hour to the summit of Ludwighohe, another hour to the summit of Parrotspitze and additional 1.5 hour to the top of Signalkuppe. Then a good night sleep at 4560 meters in the Marguerita hut ;).


mulidivarese - Sep 2, 2004 5:25 am

Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: 8th August 2003  Sucess!

In a nice sunny day from refugee Mantova we (Valerio and Daniele) traversed from the Zumstein to Signalkuppe, Parrot, Ludwigshohe and Balmenhorn.

Beautiful day



birger.hoppe - Jul 18, 2004 4:04 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Route from Ref. Mantova Date Climbed: July 29, 2003  Sucess!

Reached the summit with a group of seven people. Unfortunately, couldn't stay overnight as one of the group members got altitude sick despite a preparation time of 12 days. Simple ascent, but don't underestimate the altitude.


Lorenz - Jul 8, 2004 5:34 am

Route Climbed: Cresta Signal Date Climbed: 4 June 2004  Sucess!

2200 meters the first day to reach the Resegotti bivy (5 hours) , almost 1000 the second day for the summit (8.5 hours). Exellent conditions with a lot of snow which helps to keep together the rocks. Engaging route BTW - May 11, 2004 11:29 am

Route Climbed: Normal from Gnifetti hut. Date Climbed: august 1996  Sucess!

My second 4000.Alone.Amazing experience!!!!!!!


Farmer - Apr 18, 2004 1:48 pm

Route Climbed: Normal Date Climbed: aug 1999  Sucess!

Huhh? Which summit? I slept in the highest bed there was, so i think i reached the summit?!?

Take some time and (lots of) money with you because you must see the sun go down en come up at the Marg. Hut..... Its really amazing!

maria grazia s

maria grazia s - Apr 11, 2004 11:48 am

Route Climbed: normal from Gnifetti Refuge Date Climbed: a few times  Sucess!

ski mountanering


Irene+ - Jan 20, 2004 4:59 pm

Route Climbed: Rif. Mantova - Margherita Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!

My first and last (hopefully not for long ) 4000+.

josep_ski - Dec 2, 2003 12:15 pm

Route Climbed: Punta Indren, Capanna Gnifetti, Lysjoch, Signalkuppe with skis Date Climbed: March 1988  Sucess!

We reached Signalkuppe from Capanna Gnifetti after a hard day, all the way up with fresh snow was an exhausting uphill tracksetting but on the other hand we were absolutely alone in Monte Rosa, no tracks anywhere, nobody in Capanna Margherita. When I see this too much frequented summer routes I remember how alone we where those winter days in 1988. We had been blocked in Capanna Gnifetti for 2 days due to heavy snow fall, also we were alone there, in the winter part of the refuge, then at the third day, it looked like the sun will rise over the absolutely white mountains, so we decided to go up very early in the morning, the snow was deep and tracksetting was really exhausting, we had planned to climb Zumstein, but some of the team were tired after arriving at Signalkuppe, so we decided to go down to Gressoney, what a good ski descent!. When we reached the car, there was more than one meter of fresh snow over it.

Pierre smetsers

Pierre smetsers - Oct 6, 2003 5:41 am

Route Climbed: Normal from Rif. Gnifetti Date Climbed: 7th august 2002  Sucess!

Very nice view and its great to be here,

Tomorrow we'l go down via the grensgletsjer

estura - Aug 26, 2003 8:30 am

Route Climbed: Normal from Rif. Gnifetti Date Climbed: 24 august 2003  Sucess!

We planned the traverse Parrot-Gnifetti-Zumstein, but we climbed only to Punta Gnifetti, which we reached in fog and snow. In the descent, after a brief opening which let us see a few summits, we were caught in a snowstorm.

Probably, the easiest 4000 I have ever climbed, a normal glacier walk; at the pass between Gnifetti and Zumstein, after having seen a glimpse of the Margherita hut, we decided to climb directly the short but nice steep section, to avoid the queue on the path.

There were a few open crevasses just after the Gnifetti hut. I saw a lot of people roped together in bizarre (and dangerous) ways, and some other really struggling to ascend.

For the little I saw, a wonderful place, where I must return.

Rahel Maria Liu

Rahel Maria Liu - Aug 25, 2003 4:47 pm

Route Climbed: From Monte-Rosa-Hut via Grenzglacier Date Climbed: August 1, 2003  Sucess!

Due to bad conditions on Täschhorn - Dom - Traverse, my friends Anton, Albert and Albrecht returned to Germany, so that we did not try it this year. Instead I called some other friends from the German Alpine Club in Ulm, who just came down from Grand Combin. Within 2 hours we decided to make this traverse, although we all do not like glacier walking, which is the main part of the whole trip, if you want to make the Monte-Rosa-traverse.

Finally, Wolfgang, Andreas, Michael and I climbed this traverse Signalkuppe - Zumsteinspitze - Dufourspitze on a very sunny day and with best rockclimbing conditions. Wolfgang and I climbed without using any rope.

We started the whole trip from Monte-Rosa-Hut, climbed Grenzglacier up to Rif. Magherita and returned to Monte-Rosa-Hut after the traverse. All glaciers had very big crevasses.


martin184 - Aug 6, 2003 4:42 pm

Route Climbed: Normal route from Rifugio Gnifetti Date Climbed: 11 July, 2003  Sucess!

This was one of my greatest ascents: I was very tired after the walk from Rif.Gnifetti and I had to collect all my will to move the right leg, then the left leg, the right leg again, ... and suddenly I was on the summit! I felt great!

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