Eiger near Alpiglen, Grindelwald, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Eiger near Alpiglen, Grindelwald, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

On the day that I walked from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg, the Eiger remained shrouded in cloud, denying me any sunlit views other than the above. Even without seeing more of its nordwand, I felt far from shortchanged. There had been plenty of sunlit sights and I got as far as I wanted before catching the train down to Grindelwald again to start back to Geneva after a well-earned rest after the ascent. What surprised me was how well my legs bore up to the 1000 metre height gain and that it was my lungs that were having to work harder as I neared Kleine Scheidegg. Now that I compare both days, the cloud cover on the second day probably meant that I did not stop as much between Alpiglen and Kleine Scheidegg as I did lower down and all the day around the circuit that I covered around Zermatt. Slowing oneself down at altitude is another use for sunlit views that never occurred me until now.

See more photos from: Switzerland