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The Eiger

The Eiger Swiss Alps
The Eiger and the completion of 'The Alpine big Three'

"The Alpine big Three" is a recognition for alpinists that I have now achieved. Madness!"

  • 9 July 2020
  • 3600 m
  • Swiss Alps

July 9, 05:52 in the morning. Eiger side slope. 3600m.

There can be no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, to have a new and different sun for every day. To wake up in the morning, not knowing what's going to happen or who you're going to meet.

The Eiger was the most versatile mountain that I ever conquered. Everything I had ever learned in the mountains I had to apply. Ice, snow and rock climbing, rappelling/abseiling, conquering steep rock faces with crampons, fighting fear, thin air, cold and wind... The release was really big on the summit of the 3970m high Eiger, which together with Mont Blanc and Matterhorn belong to the 3 monuments of the Alps. "The Alpine Big Three" is a recognition for alpinists/mountain climbers. This I have now accomplished. Madness!

It's not often (actually never) that I get someone to "come along" for an adventure like this. My friend Aaron Vanneste was crazy enough to join me on my venture.

sun at the eiger
alpinist Matthieu Bonne - The eiger
The Eiger