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Eiger, alps, 1938, on this day, north face, mountaineering, mountain climbing,Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg, Heinrich Harrer, Fritz Kasparek, Grindelwald

Conquering the Eiger

Eiger, alps, 1938, on this day, north face, mountaineering, mountain climbing,Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg, Heinrich Harrer, Fritz Kasparek, Grindelwald

Eiger, alps, 1938, on this day, north face, mountaineering, mountain climbing,Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg, Heinrich Harrer, Fritz Kasparek, Grindelwald

One of the most famous mountain faces on Earth, the Eiger was (and still is) notoriously hard to climb.

The first ascent of the dreaded north face of the Swiss mountain was on this very day in 1938 when two Germans and two Austrians attempted the climb.

‘The death wall’ as it’s known, was always an area of fascination or even an obsession as climbers consistently tried and failed to beat it. This was all to change in 1938 as the four brave men successfully conquered the Eiger’s north face. Below is their route which is now known as the classic route to scale the face.

Eiger, alps, 1938, on this day, north face, mountaineering, mountain climbing,Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg, Heinrich Harrer, Fritz Kasparek, Grindelwald

Eiger, alps, 1938, on this day, north face, mountaineering, mountain climbing,Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg, Heinrich Harrer, Fritz Kasparek, Grindelwald