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Randa: The Schalijoch Bivouc celebrates 50 years of existence


The Schalijoch bivouac has a birthday. 50 years ago the Basel section of the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club) built this bivouac on the ascent route of the south-west ridge to the summit of the Weisshorn. The birthday party takes place on 8 June in Randa.

On 8 June 2013, from 7.30 pm onwards, Randa will be celebrating the Schalijoch bivouac, with mountain guides, representatives of the Basel section of the SAC, and interested mountain enthusiasts. The same day sees the appearance of the specially created commemorative publication named “Festschrift” on the history of the bivouac

Only for hardened climbers
The south-west ridge route is the most difficult route up the Weisshorn (4,505 m). It is therefore the least travelled, and is only suitable for very experienced and well-trained alpinists who take the route with a mountain guide and crampons. Starting point is the Rothorn hut, then 6-7 hours climb to the Schalijoch bivouac. From there a further stretch of approximately 5 hours to the summit of the Weisshorn. For this route there is only a small time frame in summer for the ascent – mostly periods of several days of fine weather in August. For all three Weisshorn ascent routes it is recommended to engage a mountain guide. The “simplest” route is the east ridge –  which is also the most travelled. From Randa via the Weisshorn hut. The second most travelled route leads over the north ridge. The starting point is Zinal, Cabane de Tracuit and head for the summit.

Celebrating 50 years in Randa
Saturday, 8 June 2013, from 7.30 pm 
Randa multi-purpose hall
Cocktails and conviviality 
Book launch “50 years Schalijoch bivouac”
Musical setting: village music “Weisshorn”
To order the Festschrift “50 years Schalijoch bivouac”: Telephone +41 (0) 78 812 83 61

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