Schilthorn Trip Report (#21000)
- Signed By: Pete Buckley of Blackburn, England
- Date submitted: September 03, 2007
- Number of People Encountered:11-25 people
- Recommend to a Friend: Highly
A fairly easy walk up throgh mist draped alpine meadows from Almendhubel above Muerren brought me to the Schilthorn Hut at just over 2400m. Above here I reached the snow line and followed a diversion around an area of rockfalls.
The route followed a wild and remote valley to rejoin the main path before ascending to the col separating the Schilthorn from its subsidiary summit known as Birg. From here on the route - leading through deep snow - became rougher with short rocky scrambles as I gained the ridge above. Fixed ropes protect the more exposed sections here but there's no difficulty.
The highlight was a narrow but short rocky ridge which today was just above cloud level giving the sensation of walking in the sky - the mists swirling on the crags below whilst just ahead the summit was sunlit.
That famous view was elusive as the peaks of the Bernese Oberland played hide and seek in the cumulus tops and the tourists who'd come up on the cablecar stared into the white mist for a much hoped for view of the Eiger across the valley.
What struck me most was the quietness of this ascent route - usually one sees many people walking down a mountain with cablecar access - perhaps the snow had put them off.