Photograph of Ebenalp by Alex Nichol

Ebenalp

Day five of my motorcycle tour across Europe took me to Ebenalp, in the Appenzell Innerrhoden region of Switzerland. I caught the cablecar from Wasserauen in the valley below, to what I thought was the peak.

Photograph of Ebenalp, Switzerland by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

After a short brunch at the iconic Gasthaus Aescher Wildkirchli, I continued on foot to the actual top (about 2-3 hours hike) where another less famous guesthouse sits right on the peak.

Photograph of Ebenalp, Switzerland by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

I’d read that it was possible to hike from the peak down Altenalp Türm to Seealpsee, a cute little turquoise lake nestled amongst the Alpstein massif. I should’ve known it was a bad idea when I saw the waitress’ face after asking which way the path was.

Photograph of Ebenalp, Switzerland by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

Traversing the path that led from the peak, about 800m down to Seealpsee was a pretty terrifying experience. I’m not great with heights. What she didn’t tell me was that the 'path' was about a foot wide, on the edge of a cliff, with nothing but a steel cable to hang onto.

Photograph of Ebenalp, Switzerland by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

Worse still, once committed to it, I quickly found myself crawling along the edge of those pointy spines, faced with a slippery metal ladder to get down the cliff face on the other side. I shit you not; a f**king ladder.

Photograph of Ebenalp, Switzerland by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

I was so petrified I could barely bring myself to lift the camera and take a photograph, so most of the pictures you see here were taken toward the bottom of the valley.

Photograph of Ebenalp, Switzerland by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

These photographs were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.


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