1989 with Monica Spicker
1997 with Tanya Spicker
2001 with Katrin Schild
All three climbs done as day climbs using the train to the joch. Amazing differences in the conditions each time - like doing 3 different routes.
8am start (white out stopped it being earlier) from our campsite at Monchjoch. Fresh snow made conditions harder for breaking trail (well done Phil). No other parties on route - which was nice! - Summited in 3hrs -interesting climb - snow deteriorated quickly due to sun. Summit ridge heavily corniced and exposed but a good climb. Off in 2 1/2 hours.
Heavy snow (and avalanches) next few days forced us to miss the Jungfrau - back next year?
Climbed in a rope of three including a local guide. Bad weather all the way with wind and snow. Not much of a view from the top. We were the only group going for the summit at that time.
Easy climb but exposed. The descent with a thin layer of fresh snow on the rocks demanded caution.
Lowest sweat factor in the Alpen 4000'ers but I read it kills more people than any other swiss mountain except the Matterhorn. ?
It was a great snowplod of 2 hours from the (friggin cold) hut with Stefan. We returned to find our ski partners tossing their cookies after the highest train ride I've ever done.
Awesome views (but the Eiger is less impressive from that angle), huge Cornices!
We were the only ones staying in the hut for the night. The hut was very warm.
We left at about six in the morning and took our time in a bright fresh morning, only seeing one other pair before we got back down to the glacier. The route SW Ridge is great, a scramble, then a few very fine snow ridges to the top. Watch out for cornices. We roped up for the top half but some don't. The summit views are great. A long way down to green patures on the north side, Jungrfrau to the west, Eiger to the east and the glaciers to the south.
John Sickel, Mark Rapley, Nigel Hoad.......our first 4000M Mountain.
did this as mountain guide with one client...nice tour...great visuals of Eiger and Jungfrau...highly recommended
My first winter climb. Did it solo. I left Grindelwald in the morning. Train to Jungfraujoch. Returned the same day. From Jungfraujoch on, I didn't see a soul the whole day. Just can't describe what feelings it give to climb all alone in winter with nothing else around but high mountains. Superb, nice conditions.
My first ice-wall (altough a fairly easy one). Very good snowconditions at that time.