The climbing in the Burnese Oberland is slightly different to the other areas of the Alps. The summits are high, with steep limestone on their northern flank, to the south of the watershed its a maze of peaks divided by expansive glaciers really giving the feeling of being in a big, slightly wild place. It is a long range of mountains extending from the Col du Sanetsch in the west to Grimsel Pass in the east with a lifetime of mountaineering and rock climbing possibilities if we start to look at the sub-four thousand metre peaks.
View east into the Oberland from the Mutthorn hut with left to right: the Eiger, Junfrau and Abeni Flue dominating the skyline.
Looking west into the Oberland from the Engelhorner. The horizon from left to right: Froschkopf, Kingspitze, Kastor, Rosenhorn, Mittelhorn, Wellhorn and Wetterhorn with the huge face of the Scheideggwetterhorn to the right.
A few weeks ago the Rosenlauistock and traverse of the Kleine and Grosse Simelistock were the objectives with Laurie from Australia. Here are some photos from these two days of alpine rock climbing in the Engelhorner:
The Rosenlauigletscher behind good limestone climbing.
traversing pitch on the Rosenlauistock with the Wellhorn behind
overhanging abseil on the descent
taking in the morning views from the Kleine Simelistock
great climbing, perfect setting
Another party on the summit of the Kleine Simelistock where we had just come from.
climbing the ridge up to the Grosse Simelistock
on the crest
looking back up at the “mountain goat” descent
relaxing in the meadows below the imposing cirque
The Oberland is most famous for its high alpine summits and the biggest glaciers in Europe, here are some photos from the Finsteraarhorn, Hinterfiescherhorn traverse, the Grunegghorn and the Monch in late July.
the Finsteraarhorn in the morning light
the rimed up summit cross of the Finsteraarhorn
Finsteraarhorn summit view over towards the Aletschhorn, Grosse Grunhorn and the Jungfrau
the Grosse Wannenhorn with the Valais behind
Grunegghorn summit view up the Ewigshneefeld with the Hinter and Grosse Fiescherhorn on the right and the Eiger at the top of the valley.
sunrise from the Monchjoch hut
The view down the Aletschgletscher from the top of the Monch
The Monch summit ridge