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The Eiger - Nordwand is certainly the most famous climbing-area in the alps and you will pass by it on your way up to Jungfraujoch. For several centuries people could not believe this side of the Eiger may ever be conquered.But finally in 1938 2 alpinists from Austria : Heinrich Harrer and Kasparek, and 2 germans , Heckmair and V?rg succeded and conquered the Eiger-Nordwand. .There are 4 different ways to climb up the Eiger-Nordwand and when you look at Eiger from Kl.Scheidegg it is almost unbelievable, that anyone is able to climb it up there within one single day. On a map you may see the various paths to get to the peak of Eiger, with a height of 3870 meters above sea-level.
When hiking downhill the "Eiger-Trail" from the station "Eigergletscher" you will pass by the places, where the mountain-climbers start.

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b.t.w. Heinrich Harrer spent the time of WW II in Tibet, educating todays Dalai Lama, when he was a child. The movie "7 years in Tibet" with Brad Pitt tells that story in "Hollywood-style".
Heinrich Harrer is also the author of the book "Kampf um den Eiger" - see a scan of the book-title as my last picture - scanned and forwarded as a courtesy by my brother Leo (globerover), who has the book in his library and is also the better expert about these stories than me - I rather go to these places BUT read less about them :-))

Eiger & Eiger-Nordwand are high above Grindelwald. The Nordwand may be seen best from Kl. Scheidegg and when walking down from the station "Eigergletscher". The "map" shown on my main picture is not far from Kl.Scheidegg-station, at the hiking-path to Maennlichen !

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2006
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