• Short Summary

    ACE ITALIAN CLIMBER WALTER BONATTI CLIMBED DOWN FROM THE SHEER NORTH WALL OF THE EIGER ALONE AND IN PAIN, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A ROCK FALL.

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    ACE ITALIAN CLIMBER WALTER BONATTI CLIMBED DOWN FROM THE SHEER NORTH WALL OF THE EIGER ALONE AND IN PAIN, YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A ROCK FALL.THE 33 YEAR-OLD CLIMBER HAD ATTEMPTED TO CLIMB THE WALL ALONE, IF HE HAD SUCCEEDED HE WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST.ALL THREE MEN WHO TRIED IT PREVIOUSLY WERE KILLED.

    BONATTI HAD MADE GOOD PROGRESS ON HIS FIRST DAY, BUT HE WAS HIT BY FALLING ROCK WHILE CAMPING OVER NIGHT ON THE SECOND ICE-FIELD ABOUT HALF-WAY UP THE MILE-HIGH FACE.

    HE SPENT THE NIGHT IN AGONY AND THEN BEGAN THE DESCENT EARLY YESTERDAY.IT TOOK HIM 12 HOURS TO REACH THE KLEINE SCHEIDEGG HOTEL.ON ARRIVING HE WENT STRAIGHT TO BED TO REST.DR.LAZZERO, A FRIEND OF THE CLIMBER, TOLD REPORTERS HE DID NOT KNOW THE EXTENT OF BONATTI'S INJURIES, BUT ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE FOR HIM TO BE EXAMINED TODAY.HE SAID BONATTI HAD TOLD HIM "CLIMBING IS ONE THING-BUT TO HAVE TO GAMBLE WITH FALLING STONES IS QUITE ANOTHER." EXPLAINING HIS DECISION TO GIVE UP THE CLIMBER SAID: "NO MOUNTAIN IS SO WONDERFUL THAT IS WORTH A LIFE."
    ROCKFALLS, CAUSED BY THE SUMMER HEAT WAVE FOLLOWING THE ICY WINTER HAVE ADDED ANOTHER PERIL FOR ALPINE CLIMBERS.FOUR PEOPLE, TWO SWISS AND TWO GERMAN, WERE KILLED ON THE MATTERHORN LAST WEEK BY FALLING BOULDERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7RAURGMWYDJ438BY20CU8T48S
    Media URN:
    VLVA7RAURGMWYDJ438BY20CU8T48S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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