SMG Alps 2011 Rock Climbing

After our success on the Jungfrau we felt like we had used up our weather karma.  With the forecast still indicating storms we decided to switch gears and focus on rock climbing.  We got an early start and headed for the local Glacier Wall right in Grindelwald.  The forecast called for afternoon thunderstorms so we got right to work.  After climbing 9 pitches we carried all our gear over the top to grab a great lunch at the restaurant, conveniently located at the top of the crag.  After a hearty lunch the rain started to fall as we walked back to the car.  With the afternoon ahead of us we decided to check out the Glacier Gorge walk.  It turned out to be much more than we expected.  With the power of the glacial river, variation in temperature, engineering of the trail, and amazing position, we ended up having a great afternoon.
The next day found us ready for some adventure.  We drove down valley from Grindelwand, across Interlaken and up the other side of the valley.  We parked and hiked through the countryside to reach the base of Hoberstad.  The area offered amazing views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.  We ended up having a great day of adventure sport climbing.  We even got to see some Ibex.  Considering the how grim the forecast was we ended up having some great adventures.  Thanks to John for yet another great trip!
John Climbing a long Glacial pitch.

Glacier Gorge Walkway.

Amazing Waterfall.

Engineering?

Looking back at the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau.

John walking towards the climbing area.

Ibex

Adventure sport climbing

Now that’s a view!

John working it out.

Last pitch.

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