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Ruessi Grat

An extremely narrow ridge requiring some climbing skills (grade 3 or 4)

Alpine Climbing Severe

11 km
948 m
953 m
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
2 km
Ruessi Grat Map

This is a popular alpine climbing route which is generally considered to be severe. It's very remote, it features extreme exposure and is typically done between May and October. From a low point of 1.1 km to the maximum altitude of 2 km, the route covers 11 km, 948 vertical metres of ascent and 953 vertical metres of descent. You'll need wires and friends to complete it safely.


This stunning ridge is often combined with a trailrun in the region around Pilatus (LU). Due to its exposure it cannot be rated as a "run" anymore and requires some climbing skills / experience. Do not go there if you don't feel comfortable climbing in 3rd or 4rd grade!



Steep, sustained and serious terrain on rock/ice. Routes will be long, exposed and possibly committing. D, D+

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

The majority of the route is "no fall" terrain.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between May and October

Equipment required

  • Wires and Friends