The valley met us with low cloud level obscuring any views of surrounding peaks. In the morning situation got a bit better, but afternoon brought even more clouds, rain and higher up the mountain snow. As it turned out later the weather settled into this unfavourable pattern.
Together with Marcin, from Lodz Academic Mountain Club, we intended to climb Eiger over Mittelegi ridge. After a night in a tent at campsite in Grindelwald we board the train to Eismeer station (3159 m) located inside a tunnel carved inside the mountain in 1920s.
Thanks to directions from the station crew we go to platform section number 4 where we enter technical tunnel leading to the eastern glacier leading up to the Mittelegi hutte.
Fixed ropes near the exit are buried under wet snow and overcast sky does not look encouragingly. Where is our sun promised by the forecast? We pass by on the glacier a few teams moving back to the village. We go to the base of the wall anyway and our fears come true – rocks are covered by a layer of wet snow and at times streams of water. Climbing without visibility in the fog on wet, slippery rock and fixed metal bolts for belaying hidden under snow is out of the question. We backtrack to the tunnel and take another train to the higher station Jungfraujoh (3463 m) and walk to Mönchsjoch hutte (3658 m). As time goes by snowing gets stronger. We go to sleep watching piling up powder unsure what the next day will bring.