The Saddle

The Jungfraujoch station, tourist destination and meteorological research centre sits on the “saddle” between the Mönch and Jungfrau peaks. The weather was fine enough to spend some time outside when we visited, so I took the opportunity to stomp through the snow to the very base of the Mathildespitze, a high outcrop beneath the main Jungfrau peak. From the point from which this photo was taken, you can’t go any higher without climbing gear. Historic documents note that this saddle was already being used over five hundred years ago as one of the (admittedly most difficult) passes by which people crossed between what are now cantons Bern and Wallis.