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THE FIRST CLIMB OF THE EIGER NORTH FACE
GRINDELWALD GETS A NEW MUSEUM EXHIBIT

Eiger North Face CliffIt is a mountain so legendary among mountain climbers that it has even inspired a clothing line. The North Face of the Eiger, a shear granite triangle in central Switzerland is one of the greatest north walls of the Alps and one of the most challenging to conquer. In the 1930’s the Eiger North Face was the ‘last problem’ of the Alps. To climb this famous wall was the dream of many mountaineers from all over Europe. The many tragedies and finally the successful climb are reason enough to celebrate. In July of 2013, Grindelwald will mark the 75th Anniversary of the First Climb of the Eiger North Face.

It was the German-Austrian rope team of Anderl Heckmair and Ludwig Vörg, Fritz Kasparek and Heinrich Harrer which reached the summit on the 24th of July 1938 at 3:30 in the afternoon. 15.30. They were the first mountain climbers men to successfully ascend the North Face of the Eiger. The Eiger North Face can sometimes often be shrouded in clouds, but also in its own mythology. For a decade the mountain was called impossible to climb, dangerous, difficult and unpredictable. Throughout the 1930’s the Eiger claimed the lives of nine alpine climbers, until finally bested in 1938. The Eiger gained some further fame from a movie, with Clint Eastwood on the rocky crags in “The Eiger Sanction”. And in one of the more amazing feats of engineering, a railway to the top of the Jungfrau was dug through the solid rock with windows now looking right out of the mountain.

Grindelwald, the village at the foot of the Eiger will celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the First Climb of the Eiger North Face with a media event in July, 2013. From the 9th to the 12th mountaineers and journalists from all over the world will meet at the foot of the Eiger North Face. And after all the hoopla of the anniversary a new attraction will remain

Eiger Attraction in the Grindelwald Museum

Staring Tuesday July 2, 2013 the Grindelwald Museum will exhibit five of the most important events in the history of the Eiger mountain. In this newly designed exhibition visitors will relive the successes and tragedies of the Eiger. Numerous pictures, files and articles will document over 150 years of its fascination with man’s desire to dominate his environment.. Eiger Northface

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