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Elevation 3,121 m10,239.501 ft
1.939 miles
Location Valais, Switzerland
Range Pennine Alps
Massif Weisshorn Group
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DMS Coor. 46°3´53"N, 7°39´16"E
Swiss Coor. 616638 / 101347
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Nearby Features
Besso, Blanc de Moming, Grand Mountet Hut, Ober Gabelhorn, Trifthorn (Weisshorn Group), Wellenkuppe, Zinal Rothorn
Alpinist's Info
Topo. Map SLK 1327: Evolène
Easiest Route Rating AD AD
Mammouth (Switzerland )


[edit] General information

Mammouth (3,121 m) is a mountain in the Pennine Alps in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. It can hardly be described as a mountain, it is more of an extension of the SW ridge of the Blanc de Moming (with the highest point on this ridge on 3,215 m). It is situated N of the Grand Mountet Hut and provides the site for some very pleasant climbing on good rock on its SE wall, which varies in height from 180-200m.

[edit] Rock climbing

On the SE wall of this mountain, there are several 180-200m climbing routes. The routes were developed between 1970 and 1977 and reportes in the SAC magazine Les Alpes in 1978. The routes were all marked with a number at the base and were equipped at the time. The original number is included in the list below in parentheses. Information about the routes has been difficult to find and reality on the ground has not always coincided. Proceed with caution and take a good selection of gear. Many of the original paint marks have weathered away and only a few have been replaced. Sometimes the name of the route is painted on the rock and sometimes only an arrow is used and ocasionally a letter. Some new routes have been established recently.

[edit] Rock climbing routes

There are two sectors: SW and NE. Descent for route 1-7 is via a grassy ramp marked with painted arrows with a 40m rappel to finish. Otherwise descend by following the traverse route to the col at Pt. 3,188 m.

[edit] South-West Sector

  • 0 (0) Ancient easy route
  • 1 (1a) Le Dièdre: IV+ and V
  • 2 (1b) Caroline: V and V+; Clearly marked
  • 3 (1c) L'Arnica: IV+
  • 4 (2a) Le Génépi: IV and IV+
  • 5 (2b) Les Gerbeurs: Mostly IV and IV+, moves of V and one of VI
  • 6 (2c) Voie des aspirants-guides: VI
  • 7 (2d) Les Chardons: V
  • 8 (3) Directe Sommitale: III-IV with delicate traverse of V+ and an overhang of IV+; An arrow marks the start
  • 9 (4) Voie Alaine: Mostly IV, one step of V; Marked with an arrow and letter A at 20m above the start

[edit] North-East Sector

  • 10 (5) Les Dalles: IV
  • 11 (6) L'Envol: IV with finishing moves of V
  • 12 (7) La Dalle rouge: IV with a short section of A1
  • 13 (8) Les Surplombs: IV but with a V+ finish
  • 14 (8a) Les doigts dans le nez: V+
  • 15 (9) Lex Choucas: V
  • 16 (10) Voie des guides: IV; Named on the rock above the approach ramp
  • 17 (11) L'Araignée: V with a harder variation

[edit] Traverse

The route follows the ridge SW to NE, terminating at the col marked Pt. 3,188 m. It provides a very enjoyable outing and a fine alternative when the higher peaks around the Grand Mountet Hut are out of condition. Climbing difficulties are no more than III.

From the hut walk back along the path NW to the foot of the ridge. Climb the ridge along the crest all the way to the col at its NE end. From the col reach the path back to the hut by crossing some bouldery ground towards the SE. (4h hut to hut)

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