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Joe Simpson’s documentary of the 1936 Eiger mountain attempt based on his book of the same name. The book is very good too and well worth reading if you can find it.
Although i am not a climber myself i find these tales of those who do climb, fascinating and sometimes terrifying.
More than 60 people died attempting the North Face ascent by the years. Beside Heinrich Harrer success, the most famous one was the tragic story of the 1936 attempt of Toni Kurz on Wikipedia
It is worth to watch the movie “North Face” by Philip Stölzl
The most notorious mountain in the world – its iconic vertical mile of brittle limestone and ice, called the North Face, is the ultimate challenge for many a mountain climber. But even some of the greatest mountain climbers in the world are not prepared to take on the challenge. It’s not that it’s an impossibly difficult climb – at 1,800 m (13,000 ft) from base to the top of Face it’s not even that high. (The Eiger itself is 3970 m). It’s the commitment it entails. Once embarked on the ascent, that’s it … you need to keep going up.
When the river runs smooth, were all heroes. Only when the big water starts to roar can we find out where we stand and what were made of