Day 2/6

Afternoon

Grindelwald

This morning, the weather is quite fine unexpectedly, after all the of rain yesterday. The forecast indicated rain for this morning as well, so I am lucky. Around 08:15 I start driving to Grindelwald. Luckily I am aware in time of the vignet I have to stick to the windscreen. As I read “an unattached vignet is invalid”. Right before the border I direct the car into the side of the road for this little sticking-job. It takes some attention of the boarder control though (-; They have all difficult questions for me where I come from, where I am going to, whether I have drugs on me. The whole game happens twice. I answer everything kindly and am allowed to continue.

In Grindelwald I go straight to the motel I have booked back at home, but it is too early to enter my room. Therefore I follow the Terrassenweg for some sight seeing. Meanwhile I am asking myself what mountains I am actually looking at. The eiger must be one of them but I don’t recognise anything. After a while a start looking for the railway station to take the train upwards. Kleine Scheidegg I do remember from the last time.There is the Silberhorn, which has been on my photo-whislist for about 8 years. This time I carry enough lens to capture it. The last time my lens fell a bit short.

Parking is a real disaster here: coins. I decide to continue to Lauterbrunnen because there is also a railway station and hopefully better parking facilities.

In Lauterbrunnen, there is luckily a normal parking garage. The train takes about 40 minutes to get there. Here everything is white and a quite bright sun is shining. From here everything is clear to me: Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau Joch, Jungfrau and the Silverhorn. The lookout point on the Jungfrau Joch is also clearly visible.

The sun is shining a bit from the wrong direction, but I am able to take some proper photographs from the Eiger and Mönch. The Silberhorn is almost completely in shade and it seems like it is lighted properly only in summer. Again a “no” apparently…

The Eiger North and West Faces.

Eiger North Face from Kleine Scheidegg, autumn, Switzerland.

A closer look at the summit…

Eiger North Face from Kleine Scheidegg, autumn, Switzerland.

…and again but now at the maximum magnification available to me today. This is actually a combined image of two separate photographs of the left and right side. I really like the sharp details in the summit.

Eiger North Face from Kleine Scheidegg, autumn, Switzerland.

This vertical impression offers a nice dynamic swing from bottom right to top left and on the wind back to right over the top.

Eiger North Face from Kleine Scheidegg, autumn, Switzerland.

A clear view on a glacier between the Eiger and Mönch summits.

Eiger Glacier from Kleine Scheidegg, autumn, Switzerland.

Broad overview of the Mönch.

Mönch from Kleine Scheidegg, autumn, Switzerland.

A closer look on the summit.

Mönch from Kleine Scheidegg, autumn, Switzerland.

The summit at maximum magnification provides a good view on the steep gulleys below the summit.

Mönch from Kleine Scheidegg, autumn, Switzerland.

Kleine Scheidegg is situated at 2000 meter, while the mountain peaks are almost 2000 meters higher. Recently I have read some books about the K2, de second highest mountain in the world. Basecamp overthere is at 5000 meter, thus another 1000 meter higher than de peaks I am seeing here. The top of the K2 is well over 3600 meters above basecamp, almost two times higher than the peaks here and well over four times as high from sea level. In one of the books they expressed there surprise about how high the summit was above basecamp. Unbelievable that they climb it. Here is it already a bit chilly, let alone up there. It makes one thinking…

After half an hour a major bank of clouds comes floating in from the valley on the right. Soon, all the peaks are covered from sight by the flowing mass. I pack everything and take the train back down after taking a bit of sun.

On the way back to the motel I take a short stop voor a nice photograph of one of the two mountains next to the Eiger. I am not sure which one it is, but later on it seems to be the Wetterhorn. Both Wetterhorn and Schreckhorn are a bit alike and when you are driving into the valley, sometimes only one of them is visible while the angle of view is changing constantly with the swinging road.

A nice sunlighted green hill with the Wetterhorn in the background.

Wetterhorn from Grindelwald, autumn, Switzerland.

A bit closer.

Wetterhorn from Grindelwald, autumn, Switzerland.

Here in the valley I do not recognise the Eiger, even with all the plates at hand. I do not understand it.

Back in the motel I finally do understand what I am seeing. All ‘mountains’ right in front of me are the Eiger. Only here you are right underneath it, where it seems like there are several mountains, but in reality there is only one. The ‘peaks’ are ‘subpeaks’ in the Eiger rockwall.

As the sun is disappearing slowly behind a cloud layer and twilight starts to set in, I start shooting a couple of photographs from the Eiger rockwall, the ridge to the left of it and a shiny peak in the background that could very well be the Finsteraarhorn. They are actually meant to test a lens and therefore I am shooting without a tripod in dim lighting conditions. The photographs are not meant to be keepers, but are so sharp that I decide to share them.

With 12 times zoom I search for the opening in het north wall from where rescue operations can be conducted. I think I have found it but I am not completely sure.

Eiger North Face from Grindelwald, autumn, Switzerland.

The sharpeness and contrast of this lens really amazes me. Taken with a teleconverter at 600mm, handheld in shady, twilight conditions. Whoof!

Eiger North Face from Grindelwald, autumn, Switzerland.

To the left is a long ridge towards the summit. Albeit not great photographs, I do like…

Eiger North Face from Grindelwald, autumn, Switzerland.

…the monochrome contrasty character of these rocky details.

Eiger North Face from Grindelwald, autumn, Switzerland.

The blue summit behind the Eiger ridge might be the Finsteraarhorn, but I am not completely sure about it.

Eiger North Face from Grindelwald, autumn, Switzerland.

One of the peaks on a ridge on the east side of the Eiger North Face.

Eiger North Face from Grindelwald, autumn, Switzerland.

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