Alpine Climbing & Skiing: Frost Guiding Blog

Climbing the Eiger

~ Saturday 22nd August 2020

The Eiger. The name means "Ogre" in German and it has a a fearsome reputation - the brilliant book "the White Spider" probably put more people off alpinism than any other!

Climbing the Mittellegi ridge is more technical than the Matterhorn Hornli or Italian routes. The hardest parts have fixed rope, but there's still lots of climbing on flat or slopey limestone holds needing good balance and confident footwork, and some very narrow, exposed snow ridges. It starts literally as you step off the hut terrace - the lights of Grindelwald shining over 2000m below you - and is sustained all the way to the Sudliches Eigerjoch around 8 hours later.

Alpine Climbing in the Swiss Valais

~ Saturday 15th August 2020

A few more pictures from the last few weeks. Ridges, rock climbing and snowy glaciers...


~ Saturday 15th August 2020

The Weisshorn - just over 4500m high, and reputedly one of the more serious 4000m peaks in the Alps. No lifts or trains for help either - the ascent is all on foot, 3100m from the carpark in Randa to the summit. Complex route-finding, loose rock, BIG exposure and a serious snow finish make it a classic Alpine experience! After all that we reached the summit in thick cloud so there was no view!

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