Mar 2, 2017 - 9:32 PM
in reply to Debra
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Alan said <<"then the cable car to Maennlichen and walk to Kleine Scheidegg from there. ">>
Hi Debra -
I noticed that you had suggested the opposite direction in an earlier post.
The hike from Männlichen towards the Eiger (towards Kleine Schidegg) is slightly easier (mildly downhill) but that is not an issue for you. Either way, it has been known to the local Swiss as "The Grannies Trail" for years. Now it has some fancier name, which I choose to not remember.
What I have found to be important on many walks, and what is almost invariably recommended in guide books is to walk toward the Eiger. There is a substantial psychological effect as the 'Ogre" grows over you, and you can see the famous climbers landmarks, such as the White Spider. If you have to constantly twist your neck and look back, it spoils the effect.
Here are a few pictures taken in the area (attached) . You might want to take the brief side trip up to Männlichen Gipfel from Männlichen Luftseilbahn Bergstation.
I have added a full res crop from the 2005 scan of the picture of the North Face. It shows just how small people are vs. the Eiger. That was in the days of film, actually taken in 1999...lots of grain in the crop.
Since you are considering basing in Lauterbrunnen, I have added a shot of the Lauterbrunnen Valley taken from Wengen.
There are many fans of Wengen...better views than down in the valley.