A short topo to some of the icefalls in Kandersteg.
Kandersteg in all it's Glory.
Kandersteg's such a fantastic & beautiful place and one of my favourite venues for icefall climbing.
Kandersteg itself is very picturesque and superbly placed at the head of the valley with easy access either by car or train.
It's great climbing when it's in condition and also a safer haven during a period of heavy snow as a lot of routes are sheltered from avalanche, although for many of the routes you need to be climbing well.
Kandersteg isn't a high venue (around 1000m in altitude) so be careful when the temperatures rise - during these warmer periods you'll get falling ice fringes and stalactites around the edges of the icefalls higher up and when warmer still the steep pillars will detached.
Also be aware of climbers high up on routes knocking ice down especially when there is little or no snow around cushioning any falling ice, as it will bounce all the way to the bottom.
The picture show's some of the classic lines starting from left to right -
Area - Kandersteg Staubbach
A – Blue Magic V+ 180m
Area - Kandersteg Oeschinenwald
B – Mehr Power durch sportliche Aufkleber VI50m
C – Baretritt V+ 70m
D – Namenlos IV+ 165m
E – Namenlos IV 50m
F – Reise Integral VI 80m
G – Grimm IV 50m
H- Haizahne V+/VI- 120m
I – Rattenpissoir/Groll V+ 170m
J – Arbonium IV+/V- 260m
H – Pingu V+ 200m
Area Staubbach with the classic Raubazhl on the left & Blue Magic on the right
Looking straight up at the classic Raubazhl
Technical and very featured climbing on Raubazhl grade VI
High on the second pitch of Raubazhl
The line of the beautiful Blue Magic
Tim seconding the steep third pitch on Blue Magic
Looking straight up at Blue Magic after some fantastic climbing on a great route
Mehr Power unformed on the left and Baretritt on the right
Me enjoying the steep first pitch on the fantastic Baretritt
Looking up at Namenlos after climbing the route which is on of the best grade IV's in the area
Looking back at the steep column of Reise Integral on the left & Grimm/Haizahne on the right
Me leading the steep freestanding column of Reise Integral
Treading carefully on the fragile column of Reise Integral
Looking back across at Grimm/Haizahne
Colin leading Grimm with the steep pitches of Haizahne looming above
Me leading the first pitch of Rattenpissoir
Climbing the steep pillar which is the second pitch of Rattenpissoir
High on the second pitch of Rattenpissoir
The line of the classic & must do Arbonium grade IV+/V
Tim enjoying the first pitch of Arbonium
Colin leading the last pitch of Arbonium
The top pitches of Arbonium on the left and great climbing on Pingu, on the right.
Colin & I climbed the central rarely formed line which was awesome.
A very happy Colin topping out on the rarely formed steep central line left of Pingu
Looking down at Kandersteg from one of the icefalls
I've just mentioned some of the great routes to climb in Kandersteg with many more only a short drive away and to many to list here.
So go explore for yourself, you'll have an absolutly fantastic time, just make sure it's cold enough.