Sunday, April 14, 2013

14 April 2013 Eiger Eiger burning bright

eiger at sunset
“The Eiger is a 3,970 metres (13,020 ft) mountain in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. It is the easternmost peak of a ridge crest that extends across the Mönch to the Jungfrau at 4,158 m. The northern side of the mountain rises about 3,000 m (9,800 ft) above Grindelwald and other inhabited valleys of the Bernese Oberland, and the southern side faces the deeply glaciated region of the Jungfrau-Aletsch, covered by some of the largest glaciers in the Alps.
The first ascent of the Eiger was made by Swiss guides Christian Almer and Peter Bohren and Irishman Charles Barrington, who climbed the west flank on August 11, 1858. The north face, 1,800 m (5,900 ft) (German: Nordwand, "north wall"), was first climbed in 1938 by an Austrian-German expedition and is one of the six great north faces of the Alps

Cassi Creek:    The Eiger north face was at one time considered the most difficult climbing problem in Europe.  It has racked up a long list of climbers who felt that they could conquer the mountain, but who failed the test and paid for their miscalculation with their lives. . “Since 1935, at least sixty-four climbers have died attempting the north face, earning it the German nickname Mordwand, literally "murder(ous) wall" - a pun on its correct title of Nordwand (North Wall.
            Today, CBS’s “The Amazing Race” is going to put its contestants onto the Eiger Nordwand  While the equipment used to protect climbers today  is a quantum level above that of the 30’s or even the 60’s, the absolute difficulty of the various  Eiger routes has not decreased.  The Eiger is not a playground or test of courage for non-experienced or poorly experienced amateur climbers.    I’m rather horrified that CBS would put amateurs onto the Eiger North Wall.  There must have been some incredibly thick waivers signed for this season.
Below:  Eiger Nordwand

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