How to climb the Eiger – BMC


No other mountain in the Alps elicits emotions like the Eiger. Foreboding and dominant above the Alpine village of Grindelwald, it has been the inspiration for Hollywood films, books and countless mountaineers. IFMGA Mountain Guide Tim Blakemore gives us a tour and inside tips.

At 3,970m, the Eiger fails to hit the magical 4,000m height so collected in the Alps, and is much better for that. Its North Face is almost twice the size of many (1,800 vertical metres) and is considered one of the three finest alongside the Grande Jorasses and Matterhorn.

First climbed in 1858 (by the South West Flank and West Ridge) there are now many different routes on the mountain. In terms of popularity there are four routes which are climbed regularly, all accessed from Grindelwald. Read more…