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The White Spider by Heinrich Harrer
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Dec 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mountaineering
Read in May, 2011

One of the classics in mountain literature, this book recounts in great detail the first ascent of the Eiger, and places it in context with the infamous failures prior to that successful climb on 1938, as well as the successes and failures that were to follow in the years up to 1964. Harrer was one of the members of the successful party in '38 and tasked with compiling this history goes to great pains to research each of the stories. The book mainly suffers from a stylistic point of view - the writing is oftentimes more matter of fact than compelling narrative, and when it does step into more prosaic matters, oftens gets bogged down under its own quest for descriptive greatness. It does however contain some incredible feats of mountaineering achievement, as well as some horrific, tragic failures. I'm sure it has been written before that the Eiger casts a long dark shadow across mountain lore, and this book describes some of the very darkest moments.

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