Brienzergrat to Hardergrat
Join me for an epic alpine hike on the Brienzergrat to Hardergrat ridge trail, an endlessly rewarding but punishing trail in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. It is a test of endurance, a 25-28km hike with almost 1,000m of combined ascents along an entire ridgeline.
About the book
My book celebrates a legendary ridge hike, one of the most beautiful in Switzerland, but it is a hike to be taken with caution and with a lot of preparation. It is not for the faint-hearted nor ill-prepared. It will punish every mistake you make and there is little margin for error on this legendary ridgeline path, often less than a metre wide. It will, however, reward you with some of the most stunning views in Switzerland and deliver a life-changing experience you will never forget.
The book is 68 pages A4 size, with over 100 colour and black & white photographs of some of the most dramatic parts of the trail and moments recorded over months of hiking this ridge.
This trail tests your endurance. It tests your patience. It pushes every limit you think you have. It stubbornly refuses to get easier and it is always longer than you think. It was a goal for me to complete it, now it is my benchmark, my favourite trail in these alps. The photography in this book covers not just one hike, but a number of hikes up here, the first around November 2020, through the winter and into the spring and summer hiking season of 2021. You can read more detail about the trek on my trail log and diary.
I only started hiking in the summer of 2020, and quickly started to love the experience of ridge hiking, usually high up in the mountains along lightly populated trails with spectacular views. As my experience and confidence grew, I started to study this trail. Labour of love? Obsession? No idea, but the first time I saw this ridge I knew I had to get to know it. My first ascent to Augstmatthorn had me hooked. It was a long and difficult hike to and from the restaurant at Harder Kulm, but at the summit, the drama and scale of the ridge opened up before me for the first time. I studied photographs of various sections of the ridge I had taken from other hikes in the area, and I read blog after blog about the trail. Many exaggerated the dangers, some underestimated it. It is certainly dangerous but predominantly (for me) it is a test of endurance, difficult but profoundly rewarding and spectacularly beautiful.
I am a photographer and graphic designer based in Oberried Am Brienzersee, Switzerland. In 2019, I co-founded and continue to publish Been Magazine, an international arts, travel and culture magazine. In 2010 I published Around The World In 18 Days, a photographic travel diary. You can find out more at beenmagazine.com and my photography site, zuribild.com.