First Trek in Grindelwald

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Friday, July 22, 2011

The Eiger trail.

The first proper day in Grindelwald consisted of the group walking along the relatively easy but exciting, Eiger trail. After taking the train from Grindelwald station up to Kleine Scheidegg at 2061m. From the station we all walked up to Eigergletscher at 2320m, which took about an hour and ten minutes. At the top of this trail was a very well placed cafe and we all enjoyed hot chocolates at the teacher's expense. After warming up at the cafe we got a little lost and went a small way up the wrong trail, after backtracking and a little but of scouting by some of our group we found what we were looking for, the Eiger trail. The trail itself was a relatively easy walk in comparison to the other walks in the area. The Eiger trial took about an hour and three quarters, so altogether we walked for about three hours in the day. The weather for the day was not the best, we got frequent rain and everyone's wet weather gear got some good use. The views for today were amazing, however we were in lots of mist and fog so only got small time periods when we were able to take some decent pictures and soak up the scenery. The final destination of the trail was the railway station at Alpiglen where we waited for the trail to take us back to Grindelwald. The day was tiring and everyone enjoyed their hot showers at the end of it, but the day was enjoyable and we got a good first glance at what we could expect during out time in Grindelwald.

a bit of Background
The Eiger is an incredibly famous Alpine mountain. since the summit was first reached in 1839, the North Face route has always been seen as the most formidable challenge. The trail we walked today passed long the base of this North Face and we were able to look up and see the intimidating crags and slabs and really comprehend the scale of undertaking necessary in order to climb it. The day was also a great chance to point out glacial features as we were up at the glacier line and in fact at one point were even walking along a steep lateral moraine. Along the route, we also crossed scree slopes and saw the effects of rapid river erosion.

Mr C.
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Lisa Cathro on

Thanks so much for keeping us up to date with everything you've been experiencing. It sounds like you are making the most of every opportunity and having a fantastic time! It does make us want to hop on the next flight to Paris and Switzerland! Enjoy the mountains!

suyin (Connor Murray's mum) on

First thing I do each morning when I get to my desk (after I've made coffee of course) is read the latest blog. Very cool to keep up with what you guys are getting up to! (specially being able to check out the first pics that came thru!)
Keep having fun!

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