Eiger Ultra Trail

Grindelwald presents the 7th Eiger Ultra Trail

E101, E51, E35, E16

July 19, 20, 21 2019

Grindelwaldstrasse, 3816 Grindelwald Bern, Switzerland

Eiger Ultra Trail - harder than the North Face solo!

The notorious Eiger stands at 3970m above Grindelwald and has been enthralling visitors to the valley for decades, most notably since 1858 when local Mountain Guides Christian Almer and Peter Bohren together with their guest Charles Barrington, reached the summit for the first time. The Eiger began attracting a wealth of aspiring mountaineers from all over Europe wishing to tackle its steep north face – known as the ‘last problem of the Alps’ in north face climbing terms. It was finally conquered in 1938 by Anderl Heckmair, Fritz Kasparek, Ludwig Vörg and Heinrich Harrer, in a battle waged over 4 days. Inspired by the myth of the Eiger, the trail running event Eiger Ultra Trail was launched in 2013. The race routes take in the most breath-taking viewpoints this area has to offer, passing through Grosse Scheidegg, First, Faulhorn (2680m), Schynige Platte, Wengen, Männlichen and Kleine Scheidegg, before tackling the awesome traverse along the base of the Eiger North Face itself. This Ultra Trail is a truly spectacular alpine experience for trail runners and all spectators. The E101, a race of 101km and 6700m height difference is a mighty challenge to even the most seasoned of trail runners. The E51 winds its wicked way to the Faulhorn at 2680m, where competitors are rewarded for their efforts with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding peaks as the route continues on towards Schynige Platte. This route also has a Couples category for those wishing to test their strength -and friendship- as a team of 2. The E35 race delivers a great challenging route, while the E16 is suitable for all newcomers to trail running or as a fast tempo run for more ambitious runners. With the Trail Surprise on Friday a new concept was created for the relatives and supporters.

E101 Ultra Trail

Grindelwald holds the honour of hosting the first Ultra Trail race inspired by the myth of the Eiger. The race route passes through the most breath-taking viewpoints in the area; Grosse Scheidegg, First, Bachalpsee, Berghotel Faulhorn, Schynige Platte, Wengen, Männlichen, before traversing the base of the Eiger North Face itself. This Ultra Trail delivers a truly spectacular alpine experience.

With a distance of 101km and 6700m height difference, the E101 is a mighty challenge to even the most seasoned of trail runners and the chance of winning the Mountain Prize at the Grosse Scheidegg should help provide a little extra motivation. The E101 trail should be completed under the partial self-support principle. This means that during the entire race, and between check-points and refreshment zones, each competitor is responsible for his or her own welfare and must carry the mandatory gear as stated in the race regulations.

Eiger Ultra Trail E101 Map

E101 Map

Eiger Ultra Trail E101 Profile

E101 Profile

E101 Technical Data

Distance 101km; Height difference + 6700m / - 6700m

87% (87km) trail, hiking path, forest road / 14% (14km) Asphalt

Start direction: Grosse Scheidegg

E101 Requirements

A very good physical condition and some experience in trail running are essential for tackling the E101. In addition, competitors must be able to complete the trail according to the partial self-support principle. The organiser reserves the rights to exclude persons from participating in the race.

E101 Start Date & Time

20 july 2019 at 04:00

E101 Finish

21 july 2019 at 06:00 (Time limit 26 hours)

E51 Panorama Trail

Although aptly named the Panorama Trail, the first ascent towards Grosse Scheidegg should not be underestimated. Once reached, the spectacular scenery along the route to Oberläger via First and Bachalpsee, the 360° panorama atop the Faulhorn summit at 2680m, and the views to the horizon on route to Schynige Platte, definitely compensate for all the effort and remain long in the memory.

The E51 trail should be completed under the partial self-support principle. This means that during the entire race, and between check-points and refreshment zones, each competitor is responsible for their own welfare and must carry the mandatory gear as stated in the Race Regulations.

Eiger Ultra Trail E51 Map

E51 Map

Eiger Ultra Trail E51 Profile

E51 Profile

E51 Technical Data

Distance 51km; Height difference + 3100m / -3100m

85% (43km) trail, Hiking Path, Forest road / 15% (8km) Asphalt

Start direction: Grosse Scheidegg

E51 Requirements

A good physical condition and some experience in trail running are essential for tackling the E51. In addition, the competitors must be able to complete the trail according to the partial self-support principle. The organiser reserves the rights to exclude persons from participating in the race.

E51 Start Date & Time

20 july 2019 at 06:45 (Start group with target time <9 hours 30 minutes)

20 july 2019 at 07:00 (Start group with target time >9 hours 30 minutes)

E51 Finish

20 july 2019 at 21:00 (Time limit 14 hours)

E51 Panorama Trail - Couples

Although rightly named as the E51 Panorama Trail the first ascent towards the Grosse Scheidegg shouldn’t be underestimated. The spectacular views however, along the sections to Oberläger via First and Bachalpsee and the panoramic views from the Faulhorn summit at 2680m or the views to the horizon as the couples make their way towards the Schynige Platte, will compensate for all the effort and make it an unforgettable experience.

Shared pain - double the pleasure! The E51 is also available for couples. Go for the team spirit and the collective experience. Handle as team the individual highs and lows during the course. The E51 trail must be accomplished under the partial self-support principle. This means that in between the check-points the couples must be able to care for themselfves and carry all the supplies such as food, drink and the mandatory gear as stated in the race regulations.

Eiger Ultra Trail E51 Map

E51 Map

Eiger Ultra Trail E51 Profile

E51 Profile

E51 Couples Technical Data

Distance 51km; Height difference + 3100m / -3100m

85% (43km) trail, Hiking Path, Forest road / 15% (8km) Asphalt

Start direction: Grosse Scheidegg

E51 Couples Requirements

A good physical condition and some experience in trail running are essential for tackling the E51. In addition, the competitors must be able to complete the trail according to the partial self-support principle. The organiser reserves the rights to exclude persons from participating in the race.

E51 Couples Start Date & Time

20 july 2019 at 06:45 (Start group with target time <9 hours 30 minutes)

20 july 2019 at 07:00 (Start group with target time >9 hours 30 minutes)

E51 Couples Finish

20 july 2019 at 21:00 (Time limit 14 hours)

E35 North Face Trail

The E35 delivers its competitors to the very foot of the imposing Eiger north face. The trail winds its way up via Spätenalp to Wengen then continues steeply up the infamous Gemsenweg, or ‘chamois way’ to finally top-out on the Männlichen ridge, where the rewards are boundless, breath-taking views deep into the enchanting Lauterbrunnen valley below. With the 3 peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as a constant backdrop now, the race moves on towards Kleine Scheidegg and the glacier moraine below Eigergletscher, at which point a sharp turn brings competitors abruptly onto the traverse below the looming Eiger north face. There is truly no better place to experience the glacial winds and ancient limestone facets of the Eiger than here. The E35 route then descends the Eiger Trail to Trychelegg and on to the finish in Grindelwald.

The E35 trail should be completed under the partial self-support principle. This means that during the entire race, and between check-points and refreshment zones, each competitor is responsible for his or her own welfare and must carry the mandatory gear as stated in the Race Regulations.

Eiger Ultra Trail E35 Map

E35 Map

Eiger Ultra Trail E35 Profile

E35 Profile

E35 Technical Data

Distance 35km; Height difference + 2500m / - 2380m

83 % (29km) trail, Hiking path, Forest road / 17% (6km) Asphalt

Starting direction: Spätenalp, Wengen

E35 Requirements

A good physical condition and some experience in trail running are essential for tackling the E35. In addition, the competitors must be able to complete the trail according to the partial self-support principle. The organiser reserves the rights to exclude persons from participating in the race.

E35 Start Date & Time

20 july 2019 at 08:05 in Burglauenen (Start group with target time < 6 hours 30 minutes)

20 july 2019 at 08:15 in Burglauenen (Start group with target time > 6 hours 30 minutes)

E35 Finish

20 july 2019 at 18:00 (Time limit 9 hours 45 minutes)

E16 Pleasure Trail

The E16 is perfect for short distance specialists, and for those wishing to enjoy a shorter trail at their leisure! The trail starts out towards the Wetterhorn and when it reaches Winteregg (above Bort) at 1600m, the max altitude is almost already in the bag. From here, the trail leads through alternating sections of forest, small gorges and sweeping meadows via Bort, Nodhalten and Holewang, ending with a spritely downhill back into Grindelwald.

The trail is so well located that it is possible to hike or to train on for around 9 months of the year, weather conditions permitting. From December 2016, the E16 route is marked.

Eiger Ultra Trail E16 Map

E16 Map

Eiger Ultra Trail E16 Profile

E16 Profile

E16 Technical Data

Distance 16km; Height difference + 960m / - 960m

68% (11km) trail, Hiking path, Forest road / 32% (5km) Asphalt

Starting direction: Hotel Wetterhorn, Lauchbühl

E16 Start Date & Time

20 july 2019 at 09:00

E16 Finish

20 july 2019 at 13:00 (Time limit 4 hours)

Trail Surprise

A trail run should be full of surprises, so why not branch out from the four established race routes and discover what other trail delights Grindelwald has to offer? Our team have been bouncing around ideas for a new race concept to include some of their favourites trail points which are nowadays nearly forgotten and have created the ‘Trail Surprise’. The ‘Surprise’ element is that the trail map and altitude profile will only be published 3 days before the race! Under the motto ‘A new surprise every year’ the trail length will be 10 to 15km with a height profile of 500 to 1000m and will also start and finish in the event area in Grindelwald. The trail surprise is held on the Friday of the event weekend.

Although the clock is ticking, the focus is really on fun and the shared experience along the beautiful and perhaps lesser known trails around Grindelwald. The new race was conceived specifically with the relatives and supporters of runners in mind, as well as for trail fans from around the world. So the only thing you should be asking yourself is if you are ready for a trail surprise!

Trail Surpraise Technical Data

Distance 10,5 kilometers; Height difference 700 meters with start and finish at the event area

Trail Surprise Start

19 july 2019 at 12:30

Trail Surprise Finish

19 july 2019 at 16:30 (Time limit 4 hours)

Official website: www.eigerultratrail.ch/en/

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