Ascent of Jungfrau on 2010-07-07

Climber: Stephen Wheeler

Others in Party:Randy Bosma
Tom Burley
James Legh
Guides Chris Lawrence
Brian Jones
Date:Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Train
    Elevation:13642 ft / 4158 m

Ascent Trip Report

We were up for the early breakfast but had some delays getting out the door getting everyone's equipment ready. The teams this morning were Randy and myself with Chris Lawrence, while Brian guided Tom and Jim. We buried some of our gear under the snow near the small ski/snow slide slope near the Jungfraujoch. Then headed off over the basin to the base of the Jungfrau. This is all glaciated so we are roped up. Once around a rocky knoll we head up the glacier face. This took a couple of hours to accomplish, with a climb over a crevasse and up a steep snow ridge to reach the ridge line. From here as you head up the ridge line it is mainly rocky terrain. The Swiss fix steel poles into thenrock, something that would be quickly removed here in North America, which are used to belay you along the ridge. It is a straight foreword climb, but there a couple of spots which Chris calls sporty.
The day was glorious, upon reaching the summit the view was spectacular. You could see all of Switzerland from there that day. The Matterhorn was visible off to the south. To the north you could see far into the plains, probably into Germany.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2313 ft / 705 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2313 ft / 705 m
    Route Conditions:
Rock Climb, Snow Climb, Glacier Climb
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Rope, Guide, Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2313 ft / 705 m
    Start Trailhead:Monch Hutte  11329 ft / 3453 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2313 ft / 705 m
    End Trailhead:Jungfraujoch  11329 ft / 3453 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Classic Alps

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mönch2010-07-062142 ft / 653 m
2Jungfrau2010-07-072313 ft / 705 m
Total Trip Gain: 4455 ft / 1358 m    Total Trip Loss: 4455 ft / 1358 m

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