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Grindelwald and Rosenlaui, 2014
and views of the Eiger
Oscar and Cathy are in Europe, imbibing the views and ambience of northern France, and we've talked them into linking up with us in Switzerland before going home. Grindelwald has been suggested as a suitable venue.
You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Kleine Scheidegg and views of the Eiger Nordwand
We've stashed the luggage at the hotel and grabbed the rack railroad from Grindelwald-Grund up to Kleine Scheidegg (2061m), 11 June 2014. I haven't been here since 1999; it looks the same, except for . . .
. . . the Coca-Cola Tepee.
The Eigernordwand restaurant, from whose terrace, in the old movies, the "vultures" watched the brave climbers on the Eiger North Wall through binoculars, hoping for some excitement.
A festive atmosphere
The Tschuggen (2521m) to the north, near the Grindelwald and Wengen skilifts to Männlichen
The Eiger Nordwand
The train (180 francs a pop) from Kleine Scheidegg up through the Eiger to the "Top of Europe", the Jungfraujoch
The rail line was tunneled up through the Eiger between 1898 and 1912. The views from the Jungfraujoch are a once in a lifetime experience; and at about $200 a ride, once in a lifetime will be about enough.
There it goes -- soon it will make a left turn and start up the tunnel through the Eiger Nordwand, with a stop at a window looking out of the Nordwand and another out at the Eismeer, or sea of ice, on the other side.
The yellow train is coming up from Wengen in the neighboring valley of Lauterbrunnen.
That's the Sefinenfurka pass in the left centre.
The Eiger North Wall again, in shadow as always
The Mönch and Jungfrau, with the Jungfraujoch station just visible in the centre
Shrinking glaciers near the Jungfrau
The Eiger and the Mönch
Eiger (in shadow)
The 'Top of Europe' rail station
Time for a little snacky-poo
But "This is no picnic place. Thank you."
Oscar exercising his German conversational skills
Back down in Grindelwald to collect the luggage and part ways for a while
The Expedition of 2014
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 11 July 2014.