Barrhorn Trip Report (#21738)

  • Signed By: J. Vranjes
  • Date submitted: August 13, 2009
  • Date(s) climbed: August 6, 2009
  • Number of People Encountered:11-25 people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Highly

I climbed Barrhorn from the Turtmann valley. Passed Gruben by car and parked at Vorder Sanntum, at the altitude 1900 m. There are three different directions towards the Turtmann hut. I decided to take the road towards the barage and lake, and set off at 3:30 AM. At 5:10 I was at the Turtmann hut that was already empty as all guests had already moved, I saw two large groups of lights in the distance about half an hour in front of me. It turned out that one group was going to Brunegghorn. The other was a group of about 15 very young climbers with guides going to Barrhorn. I passed them soon and was at the summit at 8:15 AM, as the first person that morning.

From the summit the best possible view of Bishorn that I climbed a few years ago. Also a nice view of Brunegghorn, and in the north-east direction one can see the Aletsch glacier, the largest in the Alps.

Climbing a mountain of 3610 m I would not call easy, though it is indeed an unproblematic walk, without any dangerous point. Such an altitude and the fact that there is no snow (at least at the Turtmann side) makes Barrhorn a unique mountain in the Alps. Gear: walking shoes.

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