• Short Summary

    THE EIFFEL TOWER IS 75 YEARS OLD ON SUNDAY -- AND TO CELEBRATE THE OCCASION A TEAM OF SEVEN ALPINISTS PLAN TO CLIMB PARIS'S MOST FAMOUS LANDMARK.

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    THE ALPINISTS AND TELEVISION CREWS REHEARSING FOR THE CLIMB.




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    ANOTHER CLIMBER, NOT SATISFIED BY COMPLETING THE UPWARD ATTEMPT, PLANS TO MAKE THE EVEN MORE HAIR-RAISING DOWNWARD CLIMBS -- "BUT LATER ON."

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE EIFFEL TOWER IS 75 YEARS OLD ON SUNDAY -- AND TO CELEBRATE THE OCCASION A TEAM OF SEVEN ALPINISTS PLAN TO CLIMB PARIS'S MOST FAMOUS LANDMARK. TODAY (THURSDAY) THEY REHEARSED FOR SUNDAY'S ASSAULT, WHICH WILL BE TELEVISED AND RELAYED THROUGHOUT EUROPE AND BRITAIN.

    THE SEVEN MEN WHO WILL MAKE A CLIMB ARE ALL EXPERIENCED MOUNTAINEERS. THEY WEAR THE USUAL ALPINE KIT AND BE LINKED TOGETHER BY A TOUGH NYLON ROPE.

    SIXTEEN CAMERAS WILL BE ON HAND AS THE CLIMBERS MAKE THEIR WAY UP THE 1,050-FOOT (320 METRE) TOWER. TWO OF THE CLIMBERS WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH SMALL, PORTABLE CAMERAS.

    FOR THE FIRST TWO STAGES, THE CLIMBERS WILL MAKE THEIR WAY UP INSIDE THE TOWER. HERE THERE ARE PLENTY OF THICK GIRDERS FOR A SAFE FOOTHOLD, BUT ONE SLIP COULD BE FATAL.

    THE TOUGHEST AND MOST DIFFICULT PART COMES WITH THE THIRD AND FINAL STAGE. HERE, WITH PARIS AND RIVER SEINE SPRAWLED OUT BELOW, THEY WILL HAVE TO MAKE THE FINAL ASSAULT FROM THE OUTSIDE -- USING, AS FOOTHOLDS, RIVETS JUST ONE CENTIMETRE THICK.

    AND, FINALLY, A COMMENT FROM ONE OF THE CLIMBERS: "HERE ONE CAN DIE IN THE PUBLIC VIEW; IT'S MORE EXCITING THAN IN THE MOUNTAINS."

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    Film ID:
    VLVACC1PVMRAMAKEBJY1Q49WIXNN0
    Media URN:
    VLVACC1PVMRAMAKEBJY1Q49WIXNN0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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