Welcome : This site offers an ascent of Vorder Grauspitz, the highest mountain in Liechtenstein. It places you in control using Apple’s QuickTime virtual reality (QTVR) interface and nearly thirty 360 degree panoramas. The route begins near the alpine village of Steg and follows a hard tar track past the dairy farm and restaurant at Valüna, up to the pastures at Valüna Obersäss. Here a series of foot paths and ancient herder tracks deposit the explorer onto the steep scree slopes below the Grauspitz ridge.

Before you start : Visit the Virtual Shop and collect a map to take with you on your adventure. Open the map along the route and enjoy a bird’s eye view of your location, a relief map, or street map, all powered by Google Maps.

Let’s go : Float cursor over picture button below to view start locations, allowing time for Google Map to update. Click appropriate picture button to begin tour. Good Luck.

Button with Lake and Steg

Button with picture of Valuna

More : I hope you enjoy this virtual mountain experience, I certainly enjoyed making it. The panoramas were taken on August 13th 2009. Maps of the area are void of a path that takes one to the top of Liechtenstein, which is a real odd thing, but it does make the journey a little more adventurous. Before leaving home, I had read route descriptions on the web, but these focused on an ascent from the Austrian side of Vorder Grauspitz and I wanted to do so from within Liechtenstein. So having left the way-marked paths behind above Valüna Obersäss, I was fortunate to pick up a modest climber’s path to the Grauspitz ridge, and along this to the cross on top of Hinter Grauspitz aka the Schwarzhorn. From there is a steep decent down crumbling rocks to the Grauspitzsattel col. This looked too dangerous for me, so I descended a little by a south facing rib of the Schwarzhorn before tackling the uncharted scree slopes below the Grauspitzsattel. Once the ridge was gained, it was an easy if exposed walk up and along to the summit of Vorder Grauspitz, a mighty 2599m that punches well above it’s weight.

Want to go for real : Take a look at the Links page for further information.

I will be delighted to receive feedback, good or bad. Please email derek@virtualmountains.co.uk.

© Derek Stillingfleet 2009