Switzerland: Unter Grindelwaldgletcher
7 July 2009
Another day that started with low cloud, so we decided to do a
moderately low level walk, and visit the lower Grindelwald glacier.
Not a very good photo as it is from the Berner Oberland Bahn train, but
it gives a bit more of a feel for the steep valley and the fast-flowing
Zweilütschinen is where the railway splits, with one branch following
one Lütschine river up to Lauterbrunnen where we went yesterday, and the
other climbing up the other branch of the valley to Grindelwald. The
train is split or joined here.
From Grindelwald, a look up at the glacier. Much of it, and the
mountains behind it, are hidden in cloud
Having walked through Grindelwald from the BOB station, the next stage
of our journey is the Pfingsteggbahn cable car, which lifts us from
around 1000 metres to 1391 metres.
Grindelwald from the top of the cable car
Me at the Pfingsteggbahn restaurant
A mountain top (the Wetterhorn, I think) with no cloud - the only time
we saw that today
Looking down the valley again as the cloud starts to build
Looking up the valley of the glacier, lying between the Schreckhorn
ridge (which we'll be walking along the side of) and the north-east side
of the Eiger.
The remains of a large rockfall on the north-eastern side of the Eiger.
Looking back along our path
The wet tables after rain at the guesthouse at Bäregg at 1772 metres,
the limit of our walk as from here on the mountain walk becomes an
At the signpost, I look out at the mist, trying to imagine the view of
the glacier and mountains
A last look at the guesthouse at Bäregg
Descending through intermittent cloud.
The path has been hacked through the rock in places
Returning to the cable car. It was a shame that the cloud descended and
we got relatively little view. It started to rain after this picture so
we descended and returned to Interlaken.