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The Climb Up to Hell: The story of the tragic 1957 ordeal on the Eiger north wall - one of the most awesome dramas in mountaineering history
The Climb Up to Hell The story of the tragic 1957 ordeal on the Eiger north wall - one of the most awesome dramas in mountaineering history Author:Jack Olsen from the inside flap. . . — The north wall of the Eiger Mountain, an awesome and storm-battered crag rising in the Bernese Alps, has long fascinated the world's best mountain climbers. Almost every attempt to conquer it has resulted in disaster: eighteen men have died in the twenty assaults that have been made on it. . . — Corti and Stefano Long... more »hi were climbers who depended more on strength and endurance than on skill and knowledge. Nothdurft and Mayer were among the best European mountaineers, but they attacked the Eiger north wall almost whimsically, in the midst of a vacation, with inadequate preparation or planing beforehand. Neither team knew the other was making the attempt.
This is the story of that climb, of the meeting of the two teams during the Italians' third day on the mountain, of Longhi's eventual; death, swept off the cliff face in a gale after nine incredible days and nights of holding on, and, finally, of Corti's rescue, strapped to the back of a climber, the two suspended at the end of the end of a narrow cable and delicately pulled back up over the cliff by the rescuers on top. This is also the story of the suspicion which clouded the survivor's return - a mystery solved only recently when the bodies of the two Germans were finally discovered.
Carefully researched and documentd3ed, The Climb Up To Hell is a taut, edge-of-the-chair true adventure story.« less