The White Spider: The Story of the North Face of the Eiger Topics for Discussion

Heinrich Harrer
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When Harrer climbed the North Face of the Eiger, was it a reasonable and worthwhile decision?

Is it true that when mankind embraces an idea, such as finding a direct route up the North Face, that it will inevitably accomplished?

What is the relationship between skill and technology in climbing?

To what extent does mountain climbing require mental and psychological prowess?

What are Harrer's biases in the novel and how do they affect the way he retells history?

How do you interpret the events of the tragedy of 1957 and the conflicting reports, including Corti's statements?

Why does Harrer admire climbers, and how convincing are his arguments against critics of extreme mountain climbing?

What qualities does Harrer admire most in others and why?

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