Brunnistock Traverse

Hasenstock, Switzerland, skiing

Skier under the rugged spire of Hasenstock (2729m).
Griessental, Switzerland, skiing

Skier: Kevin Gertner

Last Thursday I joined Kevin, an Engelberg-American pal, for a high ski/splitboard traverse through the rugged peaks north of Engelberg. We traveled through seven basins, crossing over 3 glaciers and 4 high passes along the way, with a long descent at the end.

See lots more photos from the adventure below!

Switzerland, Bannalp, cabin

Skinning past a farmer's cabin in Bannalp.
Brunnistock, Switzerland, skiing

High above the Grosstal valley which drains into the massive Urnersee lake - terrain reminiscent of Norwegian fjords.
Brunnistock, Switzerland, skiing

Skiing towards the west side of Engelberger Rotstock (2818m).
Hasenstock, Griessental, skiing, Switzerland, Engelberg, panorama

Skier under the rugged spire of Hasenstock (2729m), with the snowy Griessental valley below.
Griessental, panorama, Engelberg, Switzerland, glacier, Ruchstock

The spectacular Griessental valley.  The Griessenfirn glacier is at left, Ruchstock (2814m) at right, and Titlis (3238m) in the left distance.  The town of Engelberg is directly down-valley from here, though any practical winter route is blocked by massive cliffs.

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Engelberger Rotstock, Switzerland, skiing

Skier traverses under Engelberger Rotstock (2818m).
Uri Rotstock, Switzerland, panorama

Uri Rotstock (2928m) towers above the flatlands to the north.
Switzerland, skiing

Heading towards Schlossstocklücke.
Wissigstock, Switzerland, skiing

Wissigstock (2887m) 
Brunnistock, Blüemlisalpfirn, Switzerland, skiing

Skiing the Blüemlisalpfirn glacier with Brunnistock (2952m) in the background.
Skiing, Grosstal, Switzerland

Kevin Gertner skis past one of many frozen waterfalls in the Grosstal valley. 
Grosstal, skiing, Switzerland

Skiing below massive cliffs in the Grosstal valley. 

Our all-day journey through the high peaks on skis/splitboard was only the first half of the adventure… 3 more hours of buses and trains finally brought us back around the mountains to Engelberg! It’s great that the thoroughly interconnected Swiss transportation system makes this sort of traverse possible without a lengthy car shuttle!