May 21, 2015 - 8:54 PM
in reply to msra7hm2
I don't know how many times I have taken that walk. I don't disagree with Arno that you can do it in either direction. It is definitely better visually to go from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg.
I have always taken it in the recommended direction from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg.
That is only partly because going toward KS is downhill by about 170 meters over the course of the short walk, but, also, because walking uphill at that altitude may be troublesome if you are not accustomed to the thin air. Männlichen is at 2229 meters above sea level. For those of who live in the USA, and still use English units of measure, that is about 1.3 miles high. The air is thin until you get used to it.
Mostly, it is because there is an impressive psychological effect as the north face of the Eiger comes closer and closer to you, gradually overwhelming all else.
If you have to keep turning around to look, as you would if you were walking from KS to Männlichen, you miss the emotional impact of that gradual approach.
I do not recall whether you will be there at a time when the trail is likely to be open.
I recall that you are staying in Wengen. If so, you might get up early, take the gondola car lift up to Männlichen (first one at 0830) , walk about 4 km ( about 1 1/2 hours, or bit more for pausing to admire the scenery) and catch a train up to Jungfraujoch.
Trains run approximately once each half hour and take about 50 minutes for the trip in either direction.
I am puzzled by one comment -
"....afternoons are dangerous for weather."
I had not heard that. What I have seen and heard is that clouds tend to come in across the face of the Eiger as the day progresses, so that the nice views I mention become obscured in the afternoon. I wonder what Arno has heard about afternoon vs. morning?
Last modified on May 21, 2015 - 11:22 PM by Slowpoke