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Switzerland: Bachalpsee, Eiger Trail & Kleine Scheidegg Skiing
Most recent: February 2018

Bachalpsee Eiger Trail Kleine Scheidegg Skiing
Eiger at Kleine Scheidegg

 

Spectacular landscapes in the Bernese Oberland.

Bachalpsee

view from First
View from First, June 2008.

 

This is a fabulous walk high above Grindelwald which we've done a couple of times. Taking the cable car from Grindelwald to First and then less than an hour to the lake, though it can take longer if you like to take lots of photographs.

wetterhorn
Wetterhorn from First, June 2008.
wetterhorn
Schreckhorn
Schreckhorn, June 2008.
on the walk
alpine flowers
alpine flowers
alpine flowers
on the walk
on the walk
alpine flowers
Bachalpsee
Bachalpsee, June 2008.
on the walk
on the walk
Bachalpsee, August, 2010.
on the walk

On the return we usually have at least a drink, if not a meal, at First, before going back down.

on the walk

 

Eiger Trail

Eiger Trail
Approaching the North Face of the Eiger.

We did this walk in August 2016, we'd been planning on doing it for years. From Lauterbrunnen we took the train to Eigergletscher and walked down to Alpiglen, much of the way below the north face of the Eiger. This was the closest we'd been and it looks incredibly steep.

Many lives have been lost on the North Face and it was only in 1938 that two German climbers, Anderl Heckmair and Ludwig Vorg, and two Austrians, Fritz Kasparek and Heinrich Harrer, succeeded in climbing it.

Ueli Steck plaque on the North Face of the Eiger.
Ueli Steck plaque on the North Face of the Eiger.
Eiger Trail

At the base of the rock face are a number of handprint plaques and photos of those who have scaled the North Face, including the Swiss climber Ueli Steck who first climbed it at he age of 18 and, together with Stephan Siegrist, opened the route called "Young Spider" in 2001. In 2008 he, knocked 58 minutes off his own record for speed climbing the North Face of the Eiger set the previous year: he got to the top in an unbelievable 2 hours and 47 minutes. That year he was the first recipient of the Eiger Award for his climbing achievements. Sadly Ueli Steck died in April 2017 while climbing Nuptse, acclimatising for an attempt on Everest without supplementary oxygen.

Eiger Trail

The Heckmair Route, the first ascent of the Eiger via the North Face by Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg, Heinrich Harrer and Fritz Kasparek, 20/21 - 27.7.1938.
Eiger Trail
North Face of the Eiger.
Eiger Trail

Eiger Trail
Eiger Trail
Eiger Trail
Eiger Trail
Eiger Trail


Eiger Trail
Eiger Trail
Lunch at Alpiglen: rösti with fried eggs and a lump of mountain cheese.

 

Eiger Trail
Lunch with a view.
Eiger Trail
On the way down from Alpiglen.
Eiger Trail
Mönch 4109m and Jungfrau 4158m.
Eiger Trail
Eiger Trail
Eiger 3970m and Mönch 4109m on the way down from Alpiglen.
Eiger Trail
Beautiful pristine snow!

 

 

Kleine Scheidegg Skiing

skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
Early morning on the slopes.

My absolute favourite place to ski is from Kleine Scheidegg in the shadow of the Eiger. The Matterhorn may be more beautiful, and skiing beneath it is certainly wonderful, but there's something about the Eiger.

skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg

Most recently in 2018 I skied while Andrew was off taking photographs - another glorious day. I had the little Sony with me, though, to take photos on the slopes.

skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg

 

skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg

 

skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg


skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
Eiger and Mönch.
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg


skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg
skiing from Kleine Scheidegg