Jungfrau Region Journals

Swiss Alpine Trinity

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A travel journal to Jungfrau Region by Alan Ingram

The Jungfrau Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Accounts and photographs of ascents of the famous Swiss Alpine trinity of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Also included is an ascent of the Wetterhorn - another spectacular peak in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps.

Swiss Alpine Trinity

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The Jungfrau Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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Standing directly above the notorious North Face of the Eiger. The fabulous outlooks from the summits of the Eiger and Monch over the surrounding peaks and glaciers of the Bernese Oberlands . Spending a night in a snow-hole on the Jungfrau. The dramatic, bird's-eye view from the summit of the Wetterhorn over Grindelwald some 1200ft. directly below. Quick Tips: Take out mountain rescue insurance. Join one of the Alpine Clubs eg OAV/AAC (Austrian Alpine Club) or SAC (Swiss Alpine Club). Acclimatize on lower peaks first to avoid problems from altitude sickness. Hire a guide if no previ...Read More

Eiger Trail Swiss Alps

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Attraction | "The Eiger"

Eiger Trail Swiss Alps Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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With two friends I took the last train from Kleine Scheidegg to spend the night in the bunkhouse at the Eiger Gletscher station. In the morning however it was only after convincing the station staff that we had no intention of ascending the avalanche chute, offering apparently easy but frequently fatal access to the summit, that we were allowed to continue. 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 indicat...Read More

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Eiger Trail Swiss Alps
Grindelwald
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

The Monch

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The Monch Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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On a day excursion from Grindelwald, in the company of a Swiss guide, I took the first train of the morning to the Jungfraujoch to climb the Monch. Only a short distance across the crevassed glacier leading from the top terminus of the rack-and-pinion railway a pleasant and straightforward ridge-climb gained the 4000metre peak for a superb view over the surrounding peaks and glaciers of the Bernese Oberland including the nearby Wetterhorn and the adjoining Eiger and Jungfrau. The Monch is the easiest ( alpine grade PD ) of the three summits forming the famous alpine trinity - all three well within the capabilities of a moderate mountaineer. Reference: ...Read More

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The Monch
Bernese Oberlands, Switzerland
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

The Wetterhorn

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The Wetterhorn Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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The Wetterhorn dominates the Grindelwald Valley with its great triangular 1300 metre high limestone wall rising vertically from the meadows of the valley floor. It is a 3 hour climb on a steep path traversing a series of cliffs to reach the large Gleckstein Hut situated in upper pastures. From the hut (after the usual early morning alpine start) a track leads over stony ground to reach the Krinnen Glacier. On the far side it is a long, steep climb (alpine grade PD) over mixed ground - rocks, scree and snow to gain the Wettersattel - the col between the Wetterhorn and the adjacent Mittelhorn. A final steep snow slope brings one to the 3701m high summit and a dramatic view...Read More

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The Wetterhorn
Bernese Oberlands, Switzerland
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

The Jungfrau

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The Jungfrau Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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Heading south into the Bernese Oberland from the picturesque, lakeside town of Interlaken one is confronted by the great alpine wall of rock and ice extending from the infamous North Face of the Eiger through the pointed, conical summit of the Monch to culminate in the elegant lines of the Jungfrau. It had been a wet week spent encamped in a damp hayfield at the roadhead at Stechelberg before we set off up the scenic valley on the steep grind to the Rottal Hut perched on a rocky platform beneath the SW ridge of the Jungfrau - the original route of ascent. Leading the way along the narrow path, I was challenged by the long, sharp horns of an apparently resolute ibex but after a tense stand-o...Read More