A visit to the premier alpine rock destination of the Salbitschijen 2981m near Göschenen in Central Switzerland, has been on my list of "things to do" for years and what with the extended summer heatwave in the Alps during June and July making a lot of big mountain routes out of condition, this August seemed a good time to pay a visit. So my buddies and I booked into the lovely Salbithütte for a few days and had a great time exploring the area and clambering up some rock routes.

The Salbitschijen is renowned for it's immaculate granite and 3 looooong classic ridges, namely the Ostgrat, Sudgrat + Westgrat and we were lucky enough to climb the super-classic 16 pitch 550M South Ridge on a great day of weather. The Sudgrat is often and justifiably described as one of the best and most beautiful climbs of its type + grade in the whole of the Alps, a description I now totally agree with!

Anyway the entertainment was duly recorded so for anyone interested in viewing a short HD video featuring the flora + fauna around the Salbithütte, time lapses, views to the outrageous Westgrat, big towers, super-exposed ridges + giddyfying drops, culminating in the photogenic Gipfelnadel summit pinnacle then please use the embedded link.

 If you wish to sample the full High Def experience and your computer has enough va va voom, you should be able to change the "Quality" icon to 1080p HD in the bottom right hand corner on the You Tube screen. All constructive feedback welcome, please feel free to share and hopefully it will inspire a few folks to visit this amazing region in Switzerland and climb one of those classic ridges! :-)