Piz Scerscen

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Piz Scerscen
Val Roseg.jpg
Piz Bernina (left), Piz Scerscen (centre) and Piz Roseg (right), seen from Val Roseg
Highest point
Elevation 3,971 m (13,028 ft)
Prominence 89 m (292 ft) [1]
Parent peak Piz Bernina
Coordinates 46°22′41.7″N 9°54′2.1″E / 46.378250°N 9.900583°E / 46.378250; 9.900583Coordinates: 46°22′41.7″N 9°54′2.1″E / 46.378250°N 9.900583°E / 46.378250; 9.900583
Piz Scerscen is located in Alps
Piz Scerscen
Piz Scerscen
Location in the Alps
Location Lombardy, Italy
Graubünden, Switzerland
Parent range Bernina Range
First ascent 13 September 1877 by Paul Güssfeldt, Hans Grass and Caspar Capat

Piz Scerscen (3,971 m) is a mountain in the Bernina Range in Switzerland and Italy, joining the neighbouring Piz Bernina by its north-east ridge via a 3,895 m pass. Its name means 'the circular mountain' ('Scerscen' is pronounced cherchen).

The mountain has a prominent secondary summit called the Schneehaube (3,875 m).

The first ascent of Piz Scerscen was by Paul Güssfeldt, Hans Grass and Caspar Capat on 13 September 1877 via the north-west spur, descending the same way. This is the well-known Eisnase route, involving a 100-metre ice pitch of between 60–70°,[2] although its precise length and steepness are debated.[1] . This was the route followed by Walter Risch on the first solo ascent of the mountain in 1924. The first ascent of the north-west face was by Christian Klucker and L. Norman-Neruda on 9 July 1890.


  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Fuorcla Scerscen-Bernina (3,882 m).
  2. ^ Collomb, Robin, Bernina Alps, Goring: West Col Productions, 1988, p. 77–8

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