Eiger North Face, 1938 route.

Dave’s account of our ascent of the ’38 Route on the Eiger North Face last year. Nice write up and pics.

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So why now decide to write about a 2 week trip from nearly a year ago? Well, apart from it being a really fun quick-hit alpine trip, I’ve had more questions about the infamous ’38 route on the North Face of the Eiger than probably every other route I’ve ever climbed. So here it is…

The first ascent of this nearly 1800m high wall came in late July 1938 and followed years of Ill-fated and epic attempts. The successful German-Austrian first ascent captured the public’s imagination and opened a new era in alpine climbing. The events of this period are well documented in climbing history, and Heinrich Harrer’s book ‘The White Spider’ written about the first ascent continues to inspire and enthral all who read it. This is a route that should be on every aspiring alpinists’ tick list. So when the call came through off Kev suggesting we go…

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Trouble at knee…

The 1st January 2015 never really happened. The morning blended into the previous night before gradually, a Leffe, red wine and Chartreuse induced fug debilitated the energy systems and stopped play altogether. Enforced rest day or whatever, I definitely needed one... January 2nd was beautiful. We skinned up from Col du Lautaret towards the Col …

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