• Short Summary

    THE SPEARHEAD OF TWO TEAMS ATTACKING THE UNCLIMBED FACE OF THE EIGER MOUNTAIN TODAY (MONDAY) PUSHED INTO THE SPIDER, AN OVERHAND OF ICE-CAKED ROCK ABOUT 1,500 FEET (460 M) FROM THE SUMMIT.

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    THE SPEARHEAD OF TWO TEAMS ATTACKING THE UNCLIMBED FACE OF THE EIGER MOUNTAIN TODAY (MONDAY) PUSHED INTO THE SPIDER, AN OVERHAND OF ICE-CAKED ROCK ABOUT 1,500 FEET (460 M) FROM THE SUMMIT. THE GERMANS AND THE BRITISH-AMERICAN TEAMS APPARENTLY DECIDED TO JOIN FORCES AS A RESULT OF A REALISATION BY BOTH TEAMS THAT THERE COULD NO LONGER BE ANY QUESTION OF A CONTEST OR RACE - UNLESS THE TWO TEAMS CO-OPERATED FULLY, THEIR CHANCES OF CONQUERING THE NORTH FACE WERE VERY SLIM. AMERICAN LAYTON KOR AND A MEMBER OF THE EIGHT-MAN WEST GERMAN TEAM BEGAN THE ASSAULT IN FINE WEATHER ON ONE OF THE LAST MAJOR DIFFICULTIES IN A CLIMB THAT BEGAN MORE THAN THREE WEEKS AGO. CLAMBERING UP THE MILE HIGH (1.6 KM) FACE THEY NOW FACE THE MOST FORMIDABLE OF THE KNOWN OBSTACLE THE 1,500 FT OF ICE-COATED PRECIPICE, MOST OF WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN CLAIMED BEFORE. BOTH TEAMS HAVE BEEN USING THE HIMALAYA TECHNIQUE OF ESTABLISHING SNOW-HOLE BIVOUACS AT INTERMEDIATE POINTS SO THAT THE LEAD ROPE COULD RETURN AT NIGHT TO THE NEAREST ONE FOR WARM FOOD AND A REST IN THE RELATIVE COMFORT OF A SLEEPING BAG. BOTH PARTIES ARE SAID TO BE DETERMINED TO COMPLETE THE ASCENT NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES. THE WEATHER MAY HOWEVER PROVE TO BE DECISIVE FACTOR - AT THE MOMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE GOOD FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS

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    Film ID:
    VLVA752N7S07NR04ZXXKNBELZUU1B
    Media URN:
    VLVA752N7S07NR04ZXXKNBELZUU1B
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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