Grindelwald

Grindelwald

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I took the gondola from Grindelwald village at 1000m up to First at 2168m. My plan was to walk to Grosse Scheidegg on the north of the Schwarzhorn via Hagelseeli, Häxeseeli and the Blau Gletscherli. Really the Blau Gletscherli is not so much a glacier but more névé, that’s to say it’s snow left from the winter and has melted, refrozen and compacted down. Even so, this is traditionally early season for these slightly higher routes and it’s hard to know how snow and ice you might encounter.

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There’s a Google Earth file / GPS file here : 2007 07 01 Grindelwald.

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Leaving the lift station the route meanders along a well traveled track, at 10am already busy with Japanese tourists walking up to the hotel at Faulhorn, that’s actually a fair walk with a 500m ascent. After a short way that route heads to the Bachsee and my route takes me up and west towards Hagelseeli.

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For a few hours now I don’t see another person and have the mountain to myself. It’s a nice route and I’ve soon got into a rhythm and I’m enjoying the views. There’s an amount of snow around and it’s a little awkward in places, erring on the side of caution I’d taken a lightweight ice-axe and some crampons out with me but didn’t really quite need them.

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Some of the snow is difficult, it’s a thin layer covering rocks and the odd stream so a careless step will take you through the snow and could be quite nasty.

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Descending the Blau Gletschererli was fun, the névé was pretty soft and perfectly straightforward although I was glad to have the ice-axe for security although it stayed strapped to my pack.

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And then of course, it’s the descent. Alpine routes are a formula like this, a lung busting ascent followed by a knee shattering descent. As Grosse Scheidegg is down at 1962m is about an 800m descent from Blau Gletschererli.

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I arrived at Grosse Scheidegg at about 10-to-just-in-time, as I sat in the restaurant to enjoy a beer waiting for the bus the clouds that had been building for the last hour or so let loose some thunder, lightning and heavy rain.


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  1. Alan Jordan

    Did this walk with my daughter about five years ago. She had great problems coming down the Blau Gletschererli and in the end as the book said it was crevase free she just slid down on her behind.

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