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White Spider

Story of the North Face of the Eiger


A classic of mountaineering literature, The White Spider tells the story of the harrowing first ascent of the Eiger's North Wall, one of the most legendary and terrifying climbs in recorded history.

Heinrich Herrer, author of Seven Years in Tibet, was a member of the four-man party that scaled the previously untouchable North Wall of the Eiger in 1938. In The White Spider, Herrer tells the story of this harrowing first ascent, a gripping first-hand account of daring and resilience in the high Swiss Alps. Moving from his own amazing experiences to the numerous later attempts to replicate his team's achievements (some tragic failures, others spectacular successes), Herrer writes as well as he climbs, drawing the reader into a beguiling story of courage, strength and a confidence always on the edge of hubris.

A new introduction by Joe Simpson, author of the acclaimed mountaineering epic Touching the Void, reminds us of the enduring relevance of this absolute classic.

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Cordee Code: CPB014
Author: Heinrich Harrer
No of Pages: 336
Page Size: 152 x 235 mm
ISBN 10: 0007197845
ISBN 13: 9780007197842
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Published Date: January 2005
Edition: 1st , Jan-2005
Binding: Paperback
Illustrations: illustrations
Weight: 230g

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