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by Ben the Grate
July 27, 2005
The long route begins at Mannlichen, up the gondola from Wengen or Lauterbrunnen. But we recommend that you cut out lots of pointless elevation drop and gain by starting at the Eigergletscher Station on the train to Jungfraujoch. Indeed, it is an excellent outing to visit Jungfraujoch in the morning, get off the return train at Eigergletscher, and hike down the Eiger trail to Alpiglen. This is a 5-mile route that will take around 3 hours at a pleasant stroll.
You start out beneath the massive Eiger Glacier and can watch it calve and avalanche while you sip tea and prepare for the hike.
Then, the well-marked trail (marked by blue-and-yellow bars painted on boulders where the trail is not obvious) heads around a shoulder and then runs beneath the massive north face. Try to pick out climbers on the cliff or the windows where you peek out at the stop on the Jungfraujoch railway.
Two hours into the hike you'll reach a series of waterfalls, culminating in a fairly spectacular one. Another hour or so later, you'll reach the Alpiglen station on the Kleinn-Scheideg to Grindelwald railway.
This hike is best from late July to late September. Carry plenty of water, and trekking poles will make you more stable.
From journal Reclaim Your Youth and Virginity
west kirby, England
January 25, 2002
From journal Swiss Wanderwegs
January 13, 2002
by Alan Ingram
August 30, 2001
Initial snow slopes led up to a short gully giving access to the broad, rocky ridge extending above the dark, forbidding confines of the North Face. Higher up we traversed out onto the steep, open slopes of the South West Flank. The good cover of firm snow enabled rapid upwards progress. A rock outcrop with an embedded ring piton indicated the more difficult conditions that prevail under poorer snow conditions prevalent later in the season.
Below we were concerned to see two figures ascending the avalanche chute.
On a perfectly cloudless, wind-free day we gained the nicely pointed summit to enjoy a splendid panorama. A narrow arete extended along to the neighbouring Monch and on past the Jungfraujoch to the distant Jungfrau. Across the Aletsch Glacier loomed the prominent shark's fin of the Finsteraarhorn - climbed only a few days previously. On the other side soared the isolated Schilthorn - featured spectacularly in the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" with fine background views of the Eiger.
The other climbers now joined us on the summit. After only a brief delay, despite our warnings, professing to having an aversion to rock-climbing, they started to retrace their route back down the avalanche chute.
Back at the Eiger Gletscher we were greeted more warmly by the station staff who had followed our progress through their telescopes. They were angry with the other two climbers however who were extremely fortunate to survive the gauntlet of the avalanche chute - unlike many others.
Reference: "High Adventure around the World
From journal Swiss Alpine Trinity