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10 Eiger north face - drama in front of a large backdrop |

Success and failure, fame and death, propaganda and major media event - the ascent of the Eiger north face created legends and made many mountaineers world famous: the north face is one of the largest and most famous, but also one of the most dangerous in the Alps. It rises almost vertically for around 1,800 meters, and to climb it climbers have to cover a distance of up to four kilometers. A direct passage up is hardly possible because the conquerors have to avoid ice sheets, overhangs and other dangerous spots. North walls are generally considered to be extremely dangerous because they freeze up quickly and are soon hit by avalanches after snowfall. The semicircular wall on the Eiger is very prone to storms. Due to the cooling effect of the wind, the perceived temperatures can drop to minus 40 degrees Celsius. The shape and orientation of the wall create its own microclimate that can hardly be understood from the valley: While the sun is shining below, snowstorms can rage up on the rock. If frozen pieces of rock thaw, there is also the risk of falling rocks and rocks. The first attempt at direct ascent was filmed several times in 1936 by the Germans Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoißer and the Austrians Willy Angerer and Edi Rainer - it ended tragically with the death of all those involved. Two years later, the German-Austrian rope team Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg as well as Heinrich Harrer and Fritz Kasparek succeeded in this challenge, which was extensively exploited by the National Socialist propaganda.