The Wetterhorn, Grindelwald

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The Wetterhorn is a mountain in the Swiss Alps towering above the village of Grindelwald. Formerly known as Hasle Jungfrau, it is one of three summits of a mountain named Wetterhorn sensu lato, or the "Wetterhörner", the highest summit of which is the Mittelhorn and the most distant the Rosenhorn . The Mittelhorn and Rosenhorn are mostly hidden from view from Grindelwald.The Grosse Scheidegg Pass crosses the col to the north, between the Wetterhorn and the Schwarzhorn.AscentsThe Wetterhorn summit was first reached on August 31, 1844, by the Grindelwald guides Hans Jaun and Melchior Bannholzer, three days after they had co-guided a large party organized by the geologist Édouard Desor to the first ascent of the Rosenhorn. The Mittelhorn was first summitted on 9 July 1845 by the same guides, this time accompanied by a third guide, Kaspar Abplanalp, and by Stanhope Templeman Speer. The son of a Scottish physician, Speer lived in Interlaken, Switzerland.A September 1854 ascent by a party including Alfred Wills is much celebrated in Great Britain. Apparently believing to be the first ascendant, Wills' description of this trip in his book "Wanderings Among the High Alps" (published in 1856) helped make mountaineering fashionable in Britain and ushered in the systematic exploration of the Alps by British mountaineers, the so-called golden age of alpinism. Despite several well-documented earlier ascents and the fact that he was guided to the top, even in his obituary in 1912 he was considered to be "certainly the first who can be said with any confidence to have stood upon the real highest peak of the Wetterhorn proper" (i.e. the 3,692 m summit) In a subsequent corrigendum, the editors admitted two earlier ascents, but considered his still "the first completely successful" one.
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  • A view that forever will leave an impression on you. But when the clouds hang low you better not go.
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  • Wetterhorn (Wetterhorn, literally-"weather Peak") is a "home mountain" Grindelwald and is perfectly visible from any part of the village. This magnificent peak was subdued one of the first in the Bernese Alps, thanks to satisfied simply lifting. In his time at Winston Churchill climbed the Wetterhorn. Before the first world war there were plans of construction of the cableway to the top. Has even been built the first phase of the lift. But because of the war and the death of the engineer who led the project, construction was halted. Subsequently, as a result of the collapse, climb to the top has become significantly more complicated. But, nevertheless, it is still popular with climbers and replicated on millions of souvenirs from Grindelwald.
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  • We loved to walk through Grindelwald and contemplate and admire the beautiful Alps of Switzerland. The Wetterhorn is not as famous as the Jungfrau or others, but is worthy of taking into account,
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