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The White Spider: Story of the North Face of the Eiger (Paladin Books) Paperback – 9 Feb 1989

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; Revised edition edition (9 Feb. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586088741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586088746
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is an account of the attempts to climb the notorious North Wall of the Eiger, in 1938. The author was a member of the first party to climb the face, and although the book describes the grimness of the terrain, he attempts to communicate the joy of climbing as well as the hazards.

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By the author of 'Seven Years in Tibet'

The mountaineer, writer and Olympic athlete Heinrich Harrer was a member of the four-man party which made the first ascent of the notorious North Wall of the Eiger in July 1938. 'The White Spider' is his classic account of that achievement, and of the previous, unsuccessful attempts to make that terrible climb.

"The best and most exciting mountaineering book… Few who read it will fail to be thrilled by this heroic story."

"An outstanding book in the mountaineering library. It tells the story of the Eigerwand, the appallingly steep and difficult North Face of the Eiger… The author is well qualified for his task."

"Even to look at the photographs of the terrible slopes of the Eiger chills the blood. Heinrich Harrer enables the reader to vicariously experience the cold and the terror of the terrible climb… Read Harrer and suffer."

"'The White Spider' provides almost the classic statement of the weird and frequently misunderstood psychology of the modern rock-climber. Despite the grimness of much of what he is doing, Herr Harrer communicates the irresistible joy of climbing as an antidote to the idea that climbers are masochistically trying to prove something to themselves."

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