The White Spider

The White Spider

The Story of the North Face of the Eiger

Paperback - 2005
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A classic of mountaineering literature, this is the story of the harrowing first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger, the most legendary and terrifying climb in history.

Heinrich Harrer, author of 'Seven Years in Tibet' and one of the twentieth century's greatest mountaineers, was part of the team that finally conquered the Eiger's fearsome North Face in 1938. It was a landmark expedition that pitted the explorers against treacherous conditions and the limits of human endurance, and which many have since tried - and failed - to emulate.

Armed with an intimate knowledge that comes only from first-hand experience of climbing the Eiger, Harrer gives a gripping account of physical daring and mental resilience. A new introduction by Joe Simpson, author of 'Touching the Void', confirms the lasting relevance of this true adventure classic.

Publisher: London, England : Harper Perennial, 2005.
Edition: Second revised edition/
ISBN: 9780007197842
Branch Call Number: 796.522 HAR
Characteristics: 315 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Merrick, Hugh 1898-1980.
Maix, Kurt 1907-


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Nov 22, 2013

Written by the man who, in tandem with three friends, conquered the North face of the Eiger in Switzerland for the very first time. The book is compelling in not only the writing but also in the way the events are recounted, explained, and analyzed. This is a absorbing history of the men and women who chose to risk their lives - and many failed to succeed - and their approach to the task of climbing a dangerous and ever-changing mountain. Harrer is no slouch when it comes to the science of mountain climbing. This book, written by former Olympian Harrer, is a true tribute to those who see a challenge and face it. Some interesting black & white photographs and a complete compilation at the end, of all who attempted the climb past the 'white Spider', 'Traverse of the Gods,' and 'Death Bivouac' in the hope to reach the Eiger's summit.

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