First to Pfingsteg


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Woke to a beautiful morning and no cloud over the Eiger . Our plan was to walk from First(alt 2168m) to Schwarzhorn (2928m). We walked down to the station at Grund but the next train was to be 18 minutes so we continued walking to Grindelwald and on to the lift up to First. We boarded with a Dutch couple that were also doing a lot of walking and had the same plan as us . Our plans were thwarted as the top part of the track was closed due to snow. After getting out at First we headed upwards towards Schwarzorn and then made a right turn to take the long way to Grosse Scheideg . We were on the western edge of the range this time and most of the walking was along grazing fields and alongside streams . There were several alpine marmots that we spotted along the first part of the track. After the trun there was a lot of steep descents on rocky tracks. Several time we had to negotiate herds of cattle , they all seemed pretty docile. At Grosse Scheidegg we stopped for our packed lunch .  This seemed to be a meeting place for all sorts , bikes , walkers , buses Рseveral tracks met up here. We continued going down , partly on bitumen now and partly through the fields when we could find the track . At the Wetterhorn hotel we stopped for beer and tea. Descending further  towards Grindelwald we must have walked past our intended path to Pfingstegg. We finally found a turn to Milbach which we knew was on the path to Pfingstegg . It wound up a steep , but pretty track through the bush (just as well cause this was the hardest part of the day ), we picked a few wild raspberries along the way. When we reached the track junctions we realized we were coming from the other direction Рno matter Рnow we were on the track to the cable car at Pfingstegg. I was looking forward to sitting down and then found that this was a car they fitted as many into as possible and you had to stand !

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2 comments

  1. Lily says:

    ok, so far for me the best days were the 6 in the Alps, the best food has been in Italy, and all of the places are looking similar. If you look at the Venice photos the buildings are similar to the old parts of Rovinj without the canals!

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