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Via Amici 6a 

Lochberg 


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Submitted By: Colin Winter on Jun 1, 2011
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Description 

Just like areas further up on the Furka pass, the climbing venues near the Albert-Heim hut are some of the best that Switzerland has to offer, offering an abundance of raw, steep alpine granite of impeccable quality in a breathtaking setting.

The Lochberg is but one of several choice targets in this area. Its relatively lengthy approach all but assures a secluded climbing experience.


Getting There 

The approach begins from Tiefenbach, on the east side of the the Furka pass. Park there or pay a nominal fee for use of a former military road that will gain you some elevation and cut your approach time by 15-20 minutes. There is a clear trailhead for the approach to the hut.

To reach the Lochberg, one can take the approach to the hut and then proceed on a trail behind the hut to the east, but it is quicker to head east at the parking place on the old military road and then proceed north in a straight shot towards the Lochberg (red/white trail).

Whether approaching on the trail from the west, behind the hut, or the trail from the south, at the point that the two connect there is a trail for the "Lochbergluecke" marked with blue/white stripes, which heads north through a boulder field. After a short elevation gain (extensive trail markings), a plateau with fantastic ponds and streams presents itself. The blue/white trail continues to the east/northeast. Follow the trail, and after gaining a fair bit of elevation, but still before the actual pass, traverse left along along the base of the rock to access the climbing.

The total approach is a solid 90 minutes.


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Well into the approach, with a fair bit of distance yet to cover. Lochberg is in the upper right corner of the photo.  The Winterstock is straight ahead.
BETA PHOTO: Well into the approach, with a fair bit of distanc...
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