Main picture. The Monch, as we know it from the north side, already slightly white powdered, but yet very well accessible. Here, the view from the station Eigergletscher. Our ascent route leads from the Jungfraujoch along the mountain ridge (right side of the picture) to the peak, via the west ridge.
Picture gallery photo 1. The west ridge revealed in all its splendour, as you enter from the Spinx-Stollen into the glistening morning light. What a beautiful tour, very diversified, an alpine tour with a quite challenging level of difficulty, with third level climbing sections.
Picture gallery photo 2. The route goes partially across the north side (approximately 2200 yards of difference in altitude down to Wengernalp), or on the south side on a dry and slightly warm rock. Very often we find ourselves right on the ridge, which is all the times broader than my shoe soles.
Picture gallery photo 3. The mountain guide demonstrates it works; often almost vertical sections, rocks in beautiful colours, well stepped with pleasant grip. The altitude marks its presence, we are close to 4400 yards. As we started the tour without acclimatization, now I need various pauses for breath.
Picture gallery photo 4. Then we change definitely to the north side; upwards along the steep firn flank, anchoring some ice screws as safety device. Under the climbing irons, we feel the blank ice below the thin snow crust, step by step.
Picture gallery photo 5. On the top of the mountain! In each direction the terrain descents steeply. Wonderful mountain scenery – all are present, neatly lined up. No big bang theory – made by the Creator. In the foreground the sharp ridge for the way down, on the northern side blank ice, southerly little corn snow. Going along both sides of the ridge, just on the front points of our climbing irons, we are secured by a short rope.
Picture gallery photo 6. Descent along the east and southeast ridge, the view towards the Jungfraujoch, on the left before the Sphinx-Stollen the trace of our friends from Far East, behind the Jungfrau and the Rotalhorn. On the right side of the Jungfrau further high mountains: Balmhorn, Altels, Doldenhorn, Blüemlisalp, and ...
Picture gallery photo 7. Back on the Jungfrau’s corn snow, south of the Monch. Our ascent’s ridge with its typical bevelled tower (to the left in the figure) – to the right of it the entry. Despite the beauty of the glaciers and the firn, you can recognize the significant decline of the ice.
Picture gallery photo 8. Downwards to Grindelwald by train. In the evening sun, the Schreckhorn shows itself from its most beautiful side; another reason for continuing to mountaineer. This might be a further project.
Many thanks from The Castiron to Ueli!
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron
PS We were taken along to an alpine tour: traversing the Monch – one of the most well-known mountains of Switzerland (from the gigantic trio Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau).