In my next series of blog posts that have absolutely nothing to do with Yemen, I will be sharing some weird yet cool places from the NatGeo 10 part series One Strange Rock. It’s a pretty cool show about our planet told by astronauts and Will Smith. I’m hoping it’ll make a stop in Socotra, but what are the chances of that? I want to learn more about some of these places so I’ll be posting my findings here.
The first stop in my series is ice climbing in Kandersteg, Switzerland. It’s also known as Crack Baby. I believe this was featured in the second episode. It’s a little complicated trying to find information on this place because when you search, well… you get a lot of sad links about babies born addicted to crack. It’s also tricky trying to find a website explaining Crack Baby in a simple way for those who know nothing about ice climbing.
After a lot of searching, I found a tidbit from UPclimbing.com:
Great season this year for the ice climbing in Breitwangflue, the wall on the “upper floors” of Kandersteg ! Suspended above the Kanderstal, you can see it from the road near Mitholz. The waterfalls of this harsh place, among the most attractive and challenging of Switzerland, are still in very good condition and, despite requiring a very high level, are frequently climbed Among the most desirable (and repeated) is Crack Baby (Bongard and Gruber 1993): beautiful and breathtaking, allows a fast descent thanks to belays already in place.
Kandersteg is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is located along the valley of the River Kander, west of the Jungfrau massif. It is noted for its spectacular mountain scenery and sylvan alpine landscapes. Tourism is a very significant part of its economic life today.Embed from Getty Images
Mountain fir trees in front of low clouds above the Gasterntal Valley near Lake Oeschinensee above Kandersteg, UNESCO World Heritage Site.Embed from Getty Images
KANDERSTEG, SWITZERLAND – JANUARY 22: Belle Epoque week enthusiasts order tea during the bob race on January 22, 2012 in Kandersteg, Switzerland. Locals and visitors of the alpine village dress in late 19th century costumes to celebrate the glorious Belle Epoque (Beautiful Era) during the weeklong event celebrating the time around the late 19th century. The schedule of sporting, cultural and social events aim to bringing back to life what was seen as a golden era of cultural changes, social optimism, technological advancements and international travel. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)