Climbs 41
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 3930m a.s.l
Faces all

Stitched shot approaching the Eiger Summit after climbing the 1938 route © Jon Griffith

Crag features

Because if its famous north face, the Eiger is one of the most famous and written about peaks in the world. The battle to climb this face has captivated the interest of climbers and non-climbers alike since the time of the first attempt in 1934.

The Eiger is a striking peak from all sides and a worthy climb by any of its many routes, none of which are particularly easy. The easiest way to the summit is via the West Flank & West Ridge, which is a very complex route of about the same level of difficulty as the Hûrnli ArÆte on the Matterhorn with rock pitches up to III and ice to 40 degrees.

Approach notes

The Eiger is located in the Jungfrau Region of the Berner Oberland. It is normally reached from Interlaken via either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. The starting points of all the routes can be reached by train from either of these towns. A mountain railway goes to Kleine Scheidegg via Alpiglen from Grindlewald and via Wengen from Lauterbrunnen. The famous Jungfrau Railway which accesses Eiger Glacier & Eismeer Stations and the Jungfraujoch starts at Kleine Scheidegg.

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Climbs at this crag

15 Czech Route A3  
16 The Young Spider M7  
17 Ideal Direttissima
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ED1  
18 Japanese Direttissima
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5.9  
19 Toni Hiebeler Memorial Route ED1  
20 Métanoïa
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ED4  
21 Paciencia
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8a *** 1
22 La Vida es Silbar
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7c ***  
23 The 1938 Route ED2 *** 38
24 Czech Pillar A4  
25 Geneva Pillar
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ED2 1
26 Ghilini-Piola Route ED4  
27 Gelber-Engel
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5.11a  
28 North Corner
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ED3  
29 Yeti 8a  
30 Eiger Sanction
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ED3  
31 Le Chant du Cygne
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ED3  
32 Spit Verdonesque Édenté
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ED1  
33 Deep Blue Sea
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7b+ 2
34 Knez Route
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5.7  
35 Ochsner-Brunner Route
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5.9  
36 Löcherspiel
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ED1  
37 Direct West Ridge
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5.12a  
38 Via Ferrata Rotstock
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VF1A 29
39 West Flank & West Ridge AD * 15
40 South Ridge AD ** 18
41 Freakonomics * 7a+  
* Climbs listed in red are waiting to be checked by a crag moderator, and may not be accurate.
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