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North Face of the Eiger

North Face of the Eiger from Kleine Scheidegg

Approximate line of the classic 1938 Route and West Face descent shown in red.

Mike checks the guide book on an evening recce of the Eiger North Face

 

Mike on the 5m high entrance chimney.

 

Scrambling ground approaching the Shattered Pillar

The early section of the North Face of the Eiger

Scrambling towards the Shattered Pillar with the Rote Fluh above

Lower section of Eiger North Face

The 'Difficult Crack' on the North Face of the Eiger

 

Approaching the 'Hinterstoisser Traverse', North Face of the Eiger

Photo: Mike Brownlow

Fine conditions on the Ice-Hose

Linking the 1st and 2nd icefields on the North Face of the Eiger. Photo: Mike Brownlow

Mike enjoying the fine icy conditions on 'The Ramp'

North Face of the Eiger

Mike tackling a tricky pitch near the top of 'The Ramp'

Various in-situ pegs of variable quality!

The 'Brittle Ledges', North Face of the Eiger

The crucial link between The Ramp and The Traverse of the Gods

'The Traverse of the Gods', North Face of the Eiger

Mike enjoying fine conditions approaching 'The White Spider', Kleine Scheidegg visible lower right of picture

The Exit Chimneys on the North Face of the Eiger

Mike approaching the base of the Quartz Crack and the fine exit chimney (from the exit chimneys!) can be seen top left.

Rob starting the 'Quartz Crack'

A key pitch of the Exit Chimneys' on the North Face of the Eiger

Rob engaged in the water-worn limestone of the Quartz Crack

This short but thin section involves some thin and strenuous bridging and, in my case, a good deal of grunting!

Mike finishing the Quartz Crack with the Eiger Nordwand looming behind

 

Mike in the exit cracks

Approaching the Corti Bivi

The icy Marcado chimney / groove linking the exit cracks to the upper icefield

 

Evening brew stop at the base of the summit icefields

 

Sunset on the Eiger North Face summit icefield

 

Mike arrives at the Mitteleggi Ridge Bivi site

Top of the North Face of the Eiger

Rob & Mike chuffed and relieved to be at the top of the face

Gross Fiescherhorn in the background

Atmospheric bivi with a stunning view from the Eiger's Mittellegi Ridge

 

Early morning on the Mittellegi Ridge near the summit of the Eiger

North Faces of Monch (L) and Jungfrau (R) on the left

Rob on the summit of the Eiger after climbing the North Face

Photo: Mike Brownlow

Rob & Mike celebrate with a beer after climbing the Eiger North Face.

Kleine Scheidegg, Swiss Alps