The Eiger ranks among Europe’s most legendary and captivating peaks, and Outpost readers know we were there to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its first ascent. (See our September-October 2015 issue.)
This extremely demanding climb will see you attempt to reach the 3,970-metre (13,020-foot) summit via the Mittellegi Ridge, and requires more than 10 hours of technical climbing on summit day alone.
Aspiring participants must submit their climbing resume beforehand, and will be further assessed once in Switzerland. Acclimatization and prep for the climb are factored in, with two to three days on the mountain itself. Just imagine the view!
Days 1-3: Climbing at 6,026 feet from the Traverses of the Aig Crouchues above Chamonix; staying in the beautifully rustic Hotel L'Arve
Days 4-5: Heading across a large glacier massif over to the famously photogenic Traverse of the Entreves, covered in snow and ice; hiking up the "Tooth of the Giant," a remarkable 13,166-foot peak with an amazing summit
Day 6: Preparing for the Eiger ascent by climbing the Arete des Papillons, a great alpine rock route
Days 7-10: Rappelling out a window from Eismeer station en route to the Eiger; climb the Eiger via the technical Mittellegi Ridge, narrow and exposed with a combination of pitched-out climbing and scrambling to reach the final snow slopes