Axalp is so much more than an airshow. Axalp is experience!
Not only do you have to climb the mountain, to attend it, you must also expect the unexpected – especially the sudden changes of weather. And the weather was the culprit this year as well. Tuesday’s afternoon airshow was cancelled because of incoming rain. Wednesday’s airshow was already cancelled the night before and while we woke up to a starry night on Thursday’s early morning at 3AM, the show was eventually cancelled because of the low cloud cover.
Below photos were taken on Tuesday, waiting for the to-be cancelled afternoon practice on Tschingel and Thursday’s hike up to sunlit Wildgärst.
The people of Tschingel
Hike up the mountain always wets the appetite – forget the power bars; there’s nothing better than a piece of bread and sausage enjoyed in fresh Alpine air.
Damn, this thing is heavy!
When visiting such an event, don’t forget to document everything! By any means necessary.
Sharp, Soft, Out of Focus, Delete, Sharp, Soft, Out of Focus, Delete,…
While most of the photographers feel sorry for themselves, carrying the heavy camera equipment up the hill, the award goes to this guy – carrying two kids!
The attack on Wildgärst
While we started in pitch black night, crossing alpine streams and our paths lit only by headlamps, the dawn up in the Alps always look amazing.
Panorama of the area below the Schwarzhorn, looking towards the West. Click on the photo for bigger resolution.
One of the most amazing things in the Alps – sunrise!
My two Swiss guides, Grimmi and Adrian with our destination, Wildgärst in the background.
Finally on top! Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains bask in the morning sunlight!
NE to SW panorama from the Wildgärst. Click on the photo for bigger resolution.
F-5E Tigers flew in to check for the weather…
…but while we were enjoying the sunshine, targets on the range were covered by low clouds, as was most of the Switzerland.
Next visitor was this Pilatus PC-21.
While the pilot couldn’t perform his display on the range, he did make a few inverted low passed for the people gathered on Wildgärst…
…and disappeared behind the mountains again.
In the meantime, we could at least feed and observe the feisty Alpine Choughs.
Later, F/A-18 Hornets tried their luck to no avail.
And all we could do, before returning down the mountain, was to observe Hornet intercepts above our heads.