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Musentürme

  • Grade context: FR
  • Ascents: 1
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Summary

Impressive lime stone towers above Niederrickenbach

Description

Above Niederrickenbach lies the Musenalp, a plateau used by alpine farmers. In between is an impressive lime stone cliff featuring the beautiful Musen-towers (Musentürme).

Access issues

Open from April to November. Closed in Winter due to wild life protection.

Approach

Take the cable car from Station Niederrickenbach to Niederrickenbach Dorf or hike from Dallenwil.

From Niederrickenbach follow the white-red-white hiking trail towards Bleiki. After the trail enters the wood, follow it until you reach Bleikigraben where the trail crosses Hüetlerentobelbach (a creek) which may be dry.

Do not cross the creek and leave the trail. Look for cairns (Steinmänner) and red dot markings. Follow these markings towards the east, steep uphill. The path may not be very clear and sometimes a little challenging, especially the very last piece.

The crag is located approximately at 46.92958 N, 8.43637 E (or 675'981.34, 198'092.19 Swiss coordinates) at 1500 m elevation.

Routes

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1 5b+
2 5c
3 4a
4 3c
5 5c+
6 6a
7 5b
8 6a
9 5b

The route crosses three of towers in sequence. Climbing is very exposed on the towers but well protected.

Descent: Rappelling over the route is not recommended and not possible after pitch 6. After the top out walk towards the cable car station (look for the mast towards the east) and take the cable car . Alternatively, descent using the hiking trail.

Grade notes: 5c obl., Pitch 8 has a sling in place at the crux to make it 5b+ 2 p.a. Protection: very good Material: 13 Quickdraws, 1 x 50 m rope., Anchors equipped with two bolts but not connected.

Topo available at: http://www.engelbergmountainguide.ch/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Topo_Musent%C3%BCrme_Niederrickenbach.jpg

Set by J. Keller, J. Käslin, R., R. Lönell, D. Perret & Ch. Fäh, 2017

FFA: J. Keller, J. Käslin, R. Lönell, D.Perret & Ch. Fäh, 2017

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