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This photo was taken near the Bachalpsee on a mountain called First (pronounced Fierst) which is a gondola ride away from Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. Note the two hikers!


About this photo: This is another photo that I took during our trip to Europe in the summer of 2008. We walked from the First gondola station to the Bachalpsee where we had a picnic and enjoyed the views for a while before going back. When I noticed that the clouds were clearing away from the mountain I zoomed in with my camera quite a bit and that's when I noticed these two hikers. I just had to take a photo of this. Later another hiker came along and you can see this photo in one of my previous posts. I think these two hikers were taking a break and I gather they’re enjoying the view from up there. This really gives you a sense of scale and I thought it was a nice moment to capture.


~Camera Settings:
*Camera Model: Sony DSC-H5
*Focal Length: 43mm
*F-Number: F/8
*Exposure Time: 1/320sec.
*ISO Speed: ISO-125
*Exposure Program: Aperture Priority (A)
*Exposure Compensation (E/V): -0.3 step

I used a polarizing filter and I added some contrast and saturation in photoshop.

Thank you for dropping by!
Ann :)


A little info on this area of Switzerland: The Grindelwald-First gondola, or Firstbahnen Grindelwald, is a three-stage gondola and once the longest chair lift in Europe. This gondola carries passengers a distance of more than 5km (3.25mi). The gondola is still there, but nowadays the chairlifts have been replaced by by comfortable six-passenger cabins.

When you reach the upper station after about 25 minutes to an elevation of 2168m (7,610 ft), you can enjoy spectacular views of the Grindelwald Basin and several famous mountains...among them, the Wetterhorn, the Eiger, and Fiescherhφrner, and the Schreckhorn...assuming that the weather cooperates as rain and fog aren't uncommon in the Alps.

During the hiking and climbing season, you can take advantage of the many well-marked trails that radiate outward from the First lift station. Here are two possibile excursions:

Climb the Faulhorn (2,681 meters or 8796 feet), which offers some of the best views in this part of the Bernese Oberland. You'll pass the Bachalpsee, a small mountain lake, on your way to the summit, where a hotel is open in summer. The round trip will take at least five hours. (If you wish, you can descend directly to Grindelwald fom the Bachalpsee on your way back.)

Hike to Grosse Scheidegg, a mountain pass on the shoulder of the Wetterhorn. There, you can dine and spend the night at the rustic but comfortable 19th Century mountain hotel before returning to Grindelwald or heading toward the Rosenlaui Glacier and Meiringen.
The Grindelwald-First's summer schedule runs from early May until late October, with service from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. daily.

In winter, the gondola provides access to some 45km (30mi) of alpine ski trails. You can ride to uppermost station and ski all the way down to the village center amid some of the loveliest scenery in the Bernese Oberland. Winter service begins when there's enough snow for skiing.

The Grindelwald-First gondola station is 10 minutes walking from the railroad station, near the parking lot above the village centre.

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