In this climbing report Hoogtelijn editors Ico Kloppenburg (author of the article) and Frank Husslage (photography) set out together with two winners of the Hoogtelijn competition. Margriet and Jort van Slooten, mother and son: they love the mountains. They prefer to go mountain hiking - the mother - or climbing - the son. Together they discovered the via ferrata not so long ago. In this description you will find the day hike and a number of via ferrata hikes.


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*Day 1:* On day 1 we take the Brunnibaan to the hut of the same name, at 1860 meters.

There it is pleasantly busy, as it should be on a summery Sunday in July.

Here we do our first via ferrata on the Brunnistöckli.

It is not long, but it does have two exciting suspension bridges.

Around us children and the elderly, through which a certain lightness comes over us and we emerge whistling.

After a drink at the hut we pack a small backpack and walk to the Rugghubelhütte (2290 meters), our sleeping place for tonight.

Afterwards we walked from the Brunni hut to the Rugghubelhut see the map above.

An alternative route is this trip ( ).

Our start from the Brunni is much higher and the hike was a bit less difficult. *Day 2: * In beautiful morning light we walk back to the Brunnihütte, for more adventures.

The only one we meet is an old man with a heavy load of wood on his back.

After a chat we walk on and pass the Brunnihütte, on our way to our second via ferrata on the Brunnistöckli.

The via ferrata Zittergrat ( ) is clearly one level heavier than the route we did yesterday.

There is a solid overhang, but the crux is here in a traverse in a perpendicular part of the wall, where there are no handles for the hands at all.

Of course there is the cable we are fused to, but those who rely on it hang back very much and make themselves very heavy. We meet our guide for the afternoon program: climbing on the Bettlerstock (2099 meters).

After lunch we leave the hustle and bustle around the hut and get off the path to get to the entrance of the routes.

For Margriet and Jort this is also an introduction to something new.

While the paths around the Brunnihütte are easily accessible, the run-up to the beautiful monolith that is our goal now is something completely different.

And a steep path over the mountain pastures that occasionally uses a gravel slope.

It visibly requires more of balance and condition.

Margriet and his guide will introduce you to sports climbing on beautiful limestone.

Jort and I have caught our eye on a sunny route of two lengths 5c+, appropriately called Klassik Sud.

For Jort, who has a lot of experience in the hall, this is the first multipitch and a great introduction to what it takes to climb and abseil multiple rope lengths independently.

When we are safely on the ground again, we try, together with our guide, some difficult lengths on a toprope.

Jort observes that climbing on real rock is another game than climbing on the plastic of the climbing hall.

But just as much fun! *Day 3: *Day 3 Via ferrata on the Rigidalstock (2593 metres) ( ).

This tour, with its longer run, lunch at the top, top book and descent, has a completely different character than the via ferrata on the Brünnistöckli.

Here we are really on our way in the mountains and we arrive at places where we would dare to go on our own without the cables.

The descent also requires concentration: falling in a via ferrata is and remains taboo.

Back in the hut there is time enough to enjoy and look forward to the next day. *Day 4: Last climb* The Fürenalpwand ( ) really has it all: climbing (level B), but also perpendicular to overhanging parts with as bouncer a wobbly ladder (level D/E) with hundreds of meters of air under the soles of the feet! In Margriet's words: "Well, I think this is quite cool! To which Jort responds: "But you are also a tough mom! Look, this is a son who knows what his mother wants to hear. With the elevator we go down through the fog to take the bus and elevator to our next and last destination: the Jochpasshut (2207 meters).

To get there, we have to pass by scenes that are hard to describe otherwise than as a big fairground.

Busloads full of Indians take the elevator up here, because on the Titlis a number of famous scenes for Bollywood movies are recorded.

From the locals we had already heard: the people often do not know the name Engelberg, but the Titlis is included in all organized tours.

Fortunately we're allowed to go on to the Jochpashut, but on the way we still have tears in our eyes when we see how the landscape here has been spoilt. We decide to spend our last morning looking for the climbing garden, which lies in the quiet valley in the southwest of the hut.

The walk is beautiful, but - as is often the case with this kind of adventure - it is searching for the routes.

On top of that we have to be in the valley in time to catch the train to Zurich this afternoon.

And without an overrun it is less pleasant to pioneer in an unknown climbing area. The wall on which we climb certainly has potential, but looks a bit messy for now.

Reason enough to follow the track back to the hut, to the fair at the bottom of the Titlis, and to the train, into the warm valley of Zurich.

Our climbing trip is over.

Boundaries have been pushed, discoveries made and enjoyment enjoyed.

And we have established how beautiful it is when love for the mountains is passed on from mother to son. Equipment