Edition 5 will take place from July 6 to July 9 2022
in Grindelwald, Switzerland.
12 – 22 Turnpoints, distance over 180 – 300 km.
Competition experts only are allowed to participate i.e.: X-alps Participants, Mountain Guides, Winners of long Hike&Fly-Competitions as well as test pilots, all of them with high alpine experience, a high-level physical and mental condition.
14 – 18 Turnpoints, distance over 100 – 200 km.
Permitted are experienced pilots, with a focus in high alpine take offs and landings showing a good physical and mental condition.
A previous Participation in other Hike&Fly-Competitions is a prerequisite.
You are a future Eigertour-Challenge athlete.
Despite a predefined route, you prove your thoughtful and risk-minimized H&F-skills.
In the team with a guide realistic routes/challenges are created, the weather is studied and risks are weighed up. Experiences are exchanged over dinner and used to plan the next day.
Enjoy the Eigertour comfortably and without competition pressure.
By paraglider and on foot, we will accompany the competition in the heart of the Eigertour,
watch the spectacle of the world elite and enjoy the fantastic mountain scenery. A guide organizes
Routes and overnight stays and informs you continuously about everything necessary.
Eigertour takes place over four days in July in Grindelwald in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The unsupported hike-and-fly race requires the competitors to fly from mountain hut to mountain hut, top landing at each one to taking a selfie, possibly wolfing down a coffee and cake, before launching and racing by foot and by sky to the next one.
Eigertour offers two courses, a challenge race and a pro race, with the objective that 80% of pilots should reach goal in each. Selection for either is not automatic, however: pilots in both races have to demonstrate high alpine take off and landing experience.
Race creator and X-Alps and Vercofly veteran Michael Witschi combined the best elements of both races in the area where he learned to fly, the bernese Alps. «Having to land, you get a whole different experience of the Alps switching between bird and man.» he says. «All these beautiful huts in Switzerland: they provide shelter, food, toilet and even safety if needed. At the end you don’t need a supporter, which makes the freedom even bigger compared to the X-Alps and of course also cheaper and easier to plan.»