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

Heinrich Harrer, author of Seven Years in Tibet and one of the twentieth century’s greatest mountaineers, was part of the team that finally conquered the fearsome North Face of the Eiger in 1938. It was a landmark expedition that pitted the explorers against treacherous conditions and the limits of human endurance, and which many have since tried – and failed – to emulate.

Armed with an intimate knowledge that comes only from first-hand experience of climbing the Eiger, Harrer gives a gripping account of physical daring and mental resilience, a subtle and affecting portrait of both the mind of the mountaineer and the soul of a mountain. An introduction by Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void, reminds us of the enduring relevance of this true adventure classic.

Biographies & Memoirs
24 June
Harper Perennial
HarperCollins Australia Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

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The White Spider

The White Spider factually accounts for the history of mountaineering on the north face of the Eiger. Written with much respect by Harrer, this book describes the ordeals of the first fatal excursions and details all of the following expeditions. Surprisingly, the book is more of an account of all of these expeditions, rather than a pure focus on his own attempt (in a party of four) which gained the summit for the first time via the infamous route.
Gripping reading and a must for any lover of the outdoors.

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