Ascent of the Wetterhorn ( 3701m )
The Wetterhorn dominates the Grindelwald Valley with its great triangular 1300metre high limestone wall rising vertically from the meadows of the valley floor.
An arduous 3 hour climb on a steep path traversing a series of cliffs is required
to reach the large Gleckstein Hut ( 2317m ) situated in upper pastures.
From the hut, after the usual early morning alpine start, a track leads over stony ground to reach the Krinnen Glacier. On the far side it is a long, steep climb ( alpine grade PD ) over mixed ground - rocks, scree and snow to gain the Wettersattel - the col between the Wetterhorn and the adjacent Mittelhorn.
A final steep snow slope brings one to the summit and a dramatic viewpoint - immediately below the summit the cliffs drop sheer to Grindelwald in the valley floor far below. A superb panorama of peaks unfolds to the west including the famous alpine trinity of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.
Gleckstein Hut ( 2317m ) beneath the Wetterhorn
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