The Lagginhorn (4,010 m) is a mountain in the Pennine Alps in Switzerland. It lies a few kilometres north of the slightly higher Weissmies and also close to the slightly lower Fletschhorn on the north.

The west face
Highest point
Elevation4,010 m (13,160 ft)
Prominence511 m (1,677 ft)[1]
Parent peakWeissmies
Isolation3.3 km (2.1 mi)[2]
Coordinates46°9′26″N 8°0′11″E / 46.15722°N 8.00306°E / 46.15722; 8.00306
Lagginhorn is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
LocationValais, Switzerland
Parent rangePennine Alps
First ascent26 August 1856 by E. L. Ames, Franz Andenmatten and Johann Josef Imseng, together with three Englishmen and three guides
Easiest routeWest ridge (PD)
Laggin bivouac (2425 m)[3]
46°09′52″N 008°02′44″E / 46.16444°N 8.04556°E / 46.16444; 8.04556 (Laggin Biwak)

The Lagginhorn is the last four-thousander in the main chain before the Simplon Pass; it is also the lowest four-thousander in Switzerland.

The first ascent was by Edward Levi Ames and three other Englishmen, together with local Saas Grund clergyman Johann Josef Imseng, Franz Andenmatten and three other guides on 26 August 1856.

Climbing routes edit

The Lagginhorn is characterised by rock climbing rather than snow climbs and possesses a lengthy scramble along the South Ridge including one or more exposed abseils:[4]

  • West-South-West Ridge, PD
  • South Ridge, AD, III
  • West-South-West Rib and South Ridge, AD
  • North-North-East Ridge (via Fletschhorn), PD+

Huts edit

  • Weissmies Hut (2,726 m)
  • Berghaus Hohsaas (3,100 m)
  • Laggin Bivouac (2,425 m)

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Lagginjoch (3,499 m).
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is north of the Weissmies.
  3. ^ Map of Swisstopo
  4. ^ The 4000m Peaks of the Alps, Martin Moran, The Alpine Club (2007)

Bibliography edit

  • Dumler, Helmut and Willi P. Burkhardt, The High Mountains of the Alps, London: Diadem, 1994

External links edit