What a great book. One of the greatest mountaineering adventures.
First published in 1955, this is the classic account of attempts to scale the imposing North Face of the Eiger, one of the world's greatest mountaineering challenges. Written by a member of the first team to successfully make it to the summit, the book also details a great deal of less successful attempts, including the tragedy of 1936, when Toni Kurz froze to death just feet away from rescuers who were unable to reach him.
This moment alone continues to haunt me, although the rest of the book does begin to drag on if you're not a climbing expert. The author's praise-everyone, criticise-nobody approach (with one notable exception) also starts to grate, but as one of the world's most famous adventurers, I think he can be forgiven there....Continua