Eric & Ian's Swiss Alps Hike
Day 3 continued...
I had this sinking feeling that we might get stuck on this mountain. Ian and I had a meeting. It was time to show this foreign country what "LaBadie motoring" can accomplish. We started booking for Niederhorn triple time. On the way back we startled a family of mountain goats (below left). Half way back, the sign read 1 hour back to base, we did it in 30 minutes. As we approached the gondola from 100 years away, we were overjoyed to find that it was still operating. What we didn't realize was that it was the last car. We instinctively pushed our strained bodies to the promised lift. The gondola guy was shocked to see us. Said this was the last lift down for the night, we got the last car by about 10 seconds! Miracle! Here's me thanking God (below right).
We didn't quite make it all the way down the mountain, but after some effort, we mangaged to make it to Interlaken (below left). Compared to the desolation we've enjoyed so far, Interlaken was like New York City. It did have it's own charm, but we both were anxious to get back out into the wilderness.
The race to get off Niederhorn Mtn yesterday proved to be damaging to Ian as his knee, which was damaged before the trip began, was now barking loudly. That morning, we decided to take the train up to Grindelwald, which would prove to be our favorite little village. Ian elected to nurse his knee and watch more French Open. We checked into the family run Hotel Ronsenberg (right). Time for more veal. We rode the first of three legs of the First gondola to Bort for lunch (below left).
While at Bort, we looked up to discover Paragliders some 9000 feet up. Below and to the right is a picture of Ian pointing at them, but little spec paragliders can't seem to squeeze through your phone line very well (below right). Anyway, I decided to Paraglide off the First Mtn. above, which is the highest paragliding point in all of the Jungfrau. Ian went home to rest and I went for a hike to spec the place out. Here are a few, "postcard" as Ian calls them, shots. See Oberer Grindelwald Gletcher glacier (below left).