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Jungfrau summit

Postby Cbeard7693 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:34 am

Ok so I know there is a little tram and all that takes you to the top of jungfrau but I want to know can you hike/climb from the base to the top of Jungfrau? Also, I am from the Appalachian area of the US and although I've hiked to the top of many mountains there, I have never done a hike or climb above 6',000 feet. So I am a rookie and I am wondering if there are other good places to summit that are suitable for me? I'm an experienced hiker and outdoorsman and I have studied techniques of alpine climbing but have never done it myself. So if it involves using ice axes and belaying systems I'm probably not cut out for that. Any suggestions? I'd really like to get to the top of jungfrau by foot if that's possible.
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Re: Jungfrau summit

Postby Flachlandtiroler » Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:53 am

Jungfrau summit is an alpine undertaking, no place for rookies -- sorry.

The "tram" leads to Jungfraujoch (3471m) and the ascent of Jungfrau summit (4158m) from here takes several hours, mostly on crevassed glacier and steep ice. Lots of fatal accidents have happened there.

Just for the record, it is quite difficult (even in alpine terms) to climb Jungfraujoch from the northern side (i.e. from the side where the tram starts).
Nevertheless there is a long and even more commiting route from the bernese side, the rottalgrat. Unfortunately the sp page for Jungfrau is quite basic...

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Re: Jungfrau summit

Postby mountainmanjohn » Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:45 pm

If you are going to that area. The train to the Eigerjoch is a great yet expensive trip. As for trecking. Try the Eiger trail across the base of the Eiger. The Rotstoch. A little peak on the base of the West Flank. Or more hieght, go the other side of the valley and climb the few easy peaks available from First. As said the Jungfrau is an Alpine climb and not a treck. The simplest (if at all) is Monch, but it still requires experience, the right gear and a knife edge ridge to the summit.
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Re: Jungfrau summit

Postby soderkisen » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:18 pm

As said earlier, Jungfrau, even the quite easy graded route over rottalsadle is not a walk in the park and definitly not suitable for non-climbers. I had serious issues with even finding the start of the route early in the season a couple of years ago.

Across the valley above Grindelwald you can hike to a peak called Scwarzhorn. Very nice view from top and if you want more than just hike there is a via ferrata to the top.
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Re: Jungfrau summit

Postby Woodie Hopper » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:12 am

First is a great idea. You can hike up to the Faulhorn from Grindelwald with or without the lift. Probably more interesting would be to take the Schynigge Platte train to the top, and walk over to the Faulhorn, and descend to Grindelwald. Great views either way.

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Re: Jungfrau summit

Postby fagin » Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:11 pm

However, if you're in that area anyway my friend, you might try the Monch. Much easier and great views of Jungfrau and Eiger. You'd still want to take axes and crampons, mind
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Re: Jungfrau summit

Postby mvs » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:48 am

I descended the normal route this summer after a climb of the Rottalgrat and was rather shocked at the angle and unforgiving runout. Might be the "normal" route, and rather short, but it's quite serious. Very good competence in crampons and axe is absolutely essential. I only chime in because I myself often make assumptions about normal routes of the "how hard can it be?" sort, and here my expectations were firmly in the wrong!
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