Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Climb Up to Hell by Jack Olsen

First sentence:

"Fritz von Almen, thirty-nine years old, serious of mien, conservative of dress, walked onto a tiny side porch of his family's hotel, 6,700 feet up in the Swiss Alps, and sat in front of a swivel-mounted pair of binoculars aimed at a towering mountain wall across the meadows."


"The north wall of the Eiger Mountain in the Bernese Alps has longed fascinated the world's best mountain climbers. Almost every attempt to conquer it has resulted in defeat or disaster.

Once again in print, this is the story of the tragic 1957 ordeal on the Eiger Mountain's north wall -- the classic account of one of the most awesome drams in mountaineering history." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a very interesting book about the 1957 rescue of Claudio Corti from the north wall of Mt. Eiger. The descriptions of the climb and the rescue were very good and I could imagine being there myself.

Date read: 7/10/2009
Book #: 38
Challenges: 999 Challenge, Non-Fiction Five Challenge 2009, Celebrate the Author Challenge 2009
Rating: 3*/5 = Good
Genre: Nonfiction

ISBN-10: 0312194501
ISBN-13: 9780312194505
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Year: 1962
# of Pages: 212
Binding: Trade Paperback
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