Gross Fiescherhorn

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Gross Fiescherhorn

Photo of the Gross Fiescherhorn
Klein Fiescherhorn (left) and Gross Fiescherhorn seen from Grindelwald

Elevation 4,048 m13,280.84 ft
2.515 miles
Prominence 398 m0.247 miles
1,305.774 ft
Location Valais, Switzerland
Berne (canton), Switzerland
Range Bernese Alps
Massif Fiescherhorn Group
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DMS Coor. 46°33´5"N, 8°3´40"E
Swiss Coor. 647738 / 155756
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Nearby Features
Ewigschneefeld, Fiescherhorn Group, Fiescherjoch, Fieschersattel, Gross Grünhorn, Grünegghorn, Hinter Fiescherhorn, Klein Fiescherhorn, Klein Grünhorn, Obere Buggel, Pfaffestecki, Walcherhorn, Wannenhorn Group
Alpinist's Info
Topo. Map SLK 1249: Finsteraarhorn
Easiest Route Rating PD PD
Gross Fiescherhorn (Switzerland )
Gross Fiescherhorn
Gross Fiescherhorn


[edit] General information

The Gross Fiescherhorn is a mountain in the Bernese Alps on the border of the cantons of Berne and Valais, Switzerland. Nearby in the south there is the Hinter Fiescherhorn, which is a bit lower. Both mountains are joined by the Fieschersattel. Both mountains are well hidden behind other mountains from the north and can only been seen from the village of Grindelwald.

[edit] History

The summit was first reached on 23 July 1862 by H. B. George and Adolphus Warburton Moore, with guides Christian Almer and Ulrich Kaufmann. They used what is now the actual normal route, the south-west ridge.

The north side of the mountain was first climbed in 1926. On 13 August, W. Amstutz and P. von Schumacher reached the summit after a 15 hours ascent on the north ridge, which is the limit of the Fiescherwand.

The first direct ascent on the Fiescherwand was made by W. Welzenbach and H. Tillmann in 1930. Welzenbach was an expert climber, despite the common idea of his time, he was convinced that the ascent of the Fiescherwand was possible. One year before, in 1929, Welzenbach and Tillmann climbed the north ridge in only 8.5 hours, proving their ability. They started the ascent in the morning of 5 September, 1930, right below the summit. They reached it in the evening after a 12 hours ascent.

[edit] Routes

Ascents are usually made from one of these three popular routes, one starting from the Mönchsjoch Hut, one at the Konkordia Hut, and the third from the Finsteraarhorn Hut.

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