It was time for something I’ve never tried before. A colleague of mine and I woke up before dawn to drive to St. Antönien in east Switzerland. We arrived there just as dawn was breaking. That rocky peak was the goal of the day.
Views were magical even before reaching the rocky part.
Loose gravel above 2000 meters of altitude meant it was time to gear up and start climbing.
The climb is almost half a kilometer of ascent and takes about three hours. A steel safety cable runs throughout the climb, and aside from a safety tether, no other equipment is necessary. That makes the whole experience approachable and not too strenuous.
The view from the top, at 2817 meteres, is amazing and hard to convey through a photo. One side looks at Swiss Alps; the other at Austria.