Ski Mountaineering Bernese Oberland
Departing the Brilliantly Situated Hollandia Hut (3240M)
The Hollandia Hut is stunninly and strategically situated at the head of the huge Lotschental Valley and looks down this straight across to Mont Blanc. To the east lies the huge Grosser Aletschorn Glacier running down to the almost arctic like glacial plateau of Konkordia.
Fine Ski Descent of the Abeni Flue (3962m) South Face
This tour provides a pleasant & fairly short ski tour above the Hollandia Hut. For a fine days ski mountaineering it can be combined with an ascent of its easterly neighbour, the 'Mitaghorn'.
Approaching Jungfraujoch From Grindlewald via The Eiger North Face
This superb train journey is not cheap(!) but provides rapid access to the high and huge glacial valleys of the Oberland. The train passes first beneath and then through the Eiger itself and is a remarkable engineering project as well as great ride for ski mountaineers.
The 'Window' in the Eiger North Face Gives a Remarkably Atmospheric View
A real sense of the Eiger 'Nordwand' history can be absorbed whilst travelling through the mountain and looking out on to the foreboding North Face
Departing Jungfraujoch En Route to Konkordia on the Jungfrau Glacier
This descent provides a straight forward ski with fine views of the surrounding peaks, Jungfrau, Monch, Kranzberg & Truberg
Climbing the Monch South Ridge from a Ski Depot
This mixed S. Ridge gives way to the fine snow crest that forms the E. Ridge of the mountain
The Fine Narrow Snow Crest of the Monch East Ridge
This route is very easily and quickly approached from either the Jungfraujoch station or Monchsjoch Hut
Approaching the Grunhornlucke Between Konkordia & Finsterarhorn Huts
The Huge Grosser Aletcsh lies beyond leading to the narrow col (Lotschenlucke)
The 'Beer Terrace' of the Konkordia Hut
Add a warm spring afternoon, a bratwurst or two, applestrudel and some music....one of the best bars in the world!
Fresh Oberland Powder Tracks
On the brilliant East - then North Facing Descent of the Gross Wannenhorn
Just After Dawn on the Ascent of the Finsterarhorn
The highest peak in the Oberland combines some sustained skinning with a classic Alpine (PD) ridge
The Aletschorn North Face
The tough alpine ski mountaineering route, The 'Hasler Rib' is just left of centre
Winter Dusk, Looking Down The Lotschental, From the Hollandia Hut
This long glacial valley gives one of the classic ski exits from the high Oberland - To 'Falfleralp' and the justifiably famously excellent Swiss publis transport system!
Enjoying the Pleasant Mountaineering on the South Ridge of the Mitaghorn (3892m)
From a ski depot at the Anujoch
The Summit of the Mitaghorn & A View of Most of the Alps
Looking South to the Swiss Valais (Monte Rosa between the climbers) and Mont Blanc on the right
The Substantial Metal Staircase Leading to the Konkordia Hut
A sure indicator of glacial recession. When the hut was built - access from the glacier was a lot easier!