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On the ridge from Fanenstock (2235 m) to Foostock (2611 m)

Published by Roald , 17 October 2016, 22h03.

Region: World » Switzerland » Glarus
Date of the hike:16 October 2016
Hiking grading: T4 - High-level Alpine hike
Geo-Tags: CH-GL   Spitzmeilengruppe   CH-SG 
Time: 9:30
Height gain: 1950 m 6396 ft.
Height loss: 1950 m 6396 ft.
Access to start point:By car to the parking lot at Tschinglenbahn.

I started this hike in Elm right where the aerial cable way starts (Tschinglenbahn). It was only about 5° C when I started at 8:00 in the morning, and the first 1 h 20 min of the ascent took place in the shade. The trail to Fanenstock (2235 m) is marked white-red-white and is easy to follow (T2).

After a short photo stop at the summit of Fanenstock, I continued on the ridge towards Blattengrat. On the way there I spotted two chamois on the steep north-west side. Mostly the ridge is T3, but at some point at Blattengrat, the ridge is narrow and exposed (T4). However, this particular section could be avoided with a minor detour on the south side of the ridge.

After Blattengrat, I continued to Grüenenspitz (T3). Further along the ridge, the descent from P.2362 is quite steep, but without problems in dry conditions (T4-). This section could also be avoided with a small detour on the south side of the ridge. During the ascent to P.2412, I observed a large group of male ibex (at least 25 animals).

Next, I headed for Foostöckli (2536 m). The last part of the ascent is steep, but not more than a T3. After a short stop at the summit, I headed for the traverse on the north side of Foostöckli. Without snow or ice I assume this is only a T4-. But there was still remains of frozen snow, and even patches of ice in the section which is not secured with a rope, so it was a bit more challenging (T4+).

The ascent to Foostock was then rather easy despite some patches of snow (T3+). The view from the summit of Foostock (2611 m) was magnificent - please check out the photos!

On the return trip I again hiked below Foostöckli on the north side, and continued on the ridge towards Grüenenspitz. However, at P.2288 (above Raminer Täli), I started traversing below Grüenenspitz and then towards Färispitz (T3). After that last peak, I headed back to Elm on the marked trail via Chamm and Gamperdun Mittelstafel (T2).

Many thanks to Bergamotte for the recent *report about the area. It was very helpful for my tour planning.

Total hiking distance: 20 km

Equipment: hiking sticks

Hike partners: Roald

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Sent 18 October 2016, 15h50
Always happy to see that my reports are not completely en vain... ;-)

You might have caught the last window of opportunity this year, but let's still hope for a (late) golden fall.

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