This climber was a college student when he made plans to join another in an attempt to ascend the as-yet unclimbed North Face of the Eiger in July 1938, keeping the plan secret. The two started up the mountain, and found themselves on the climb with a more experienced team. This climber was at a disadvantage, having decided not to bring heavy crampons, not realizing how important they would be to this icy climb. The two teams climbed the Eiger's most difficult face in three days. This climber led the team down, but lost the way, and the party had to backtrack. This climber writes the memoir not only about personal experiences on the North Face but also about the history of attempts of the North Face beginning in the 1930s.
This climber and a partner started their ascent of the North Face together as...
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