/ Eiger north face
I suppose the title will have already grabbed your attention, but im planning on making the youngest summit on the Eiger north face on the 1938 route, either the end of this year or the end of next, im currently 20 and for my age i have a pretty massive amount of alpine and ice climbing and just general mountaineering, what i would like is a partner of similar age and ability to train with on a regular basis to make this attemt, i understand it is a monumental task to undertake, but also it would be a incredible achievment, im incredibly commited to the things i do and im not one of those hero types, everything is by the book with me so to speak.
If i do not feel up for the attemt this year i will still be most likely doing a trip to the swiss alps or chamonix for something a little less daring but equal as great achievment.
Cheers for reading
Unfortunately, you are 4 years too late! I've heard of a 16yr old doing it. Still looks like a good objective to get on your CV whatever.
Dam ive never heard of a 16yr old doing it, thats incredible! well still im going to do it because its still a great achievment
Sorry to disappoint, but sure a 17 year old has climbed the 38 rte many years ago.
Still would be a good achievement at 20.
Again thats incredible to do it at those ages, must have been some pretty determained people, but still a remarkable bit of architecture to climb.
Ueli Steck climbed the Heckmair (´38 route)when he was 18.
Ive found it really difficult to find substantial media coverage on it really cause like with the majority of climbers including myself, its for their own benifit and not for fame, not ripping into ueli steck tho cause that man deserves the coverage he is a machine for the stuff he does.
Unborn children have even done the 38 route,how young is that.
... and had routes named after them!
My mate did it when he was 19 but have fun.
I think one of the guys with them was 16 at the time
Frankie,as the song goes "Just relax " let the kid try,we have all been that naive arrogant young person at some stage.
this thread amuses me, i looked at the exact samething a couple of years ago, found out it had been climbed by a 16 year old and decided i do climbing for enjoyment anyway. Im now looking at a possible unclimbed route in the alps, its the sort of climbing i enjoy anyway. I dont climb to beat records, but my own enjoyment. I am going to be watching conditions on the north face, hopefully to attempt it this autumn.
All the best
Well that's well and truly pissed on Kyle's chips. Kyle, think about the Harlin - I'm sure you'd be the youngest on that.
At 21 he's hardly a kid! Many people are peaking, in both senses of the word, at that age.... From then on it's often downhill.
I think a lot of the responses on this thread have been pretty harsh and, dare I say it, typical of UKC at its worst. Climbing requires enthusiasm and there's no quicker way of killing enthusiasm than telling someone they are stupid.
Let people dream! He would have found out sooner or later that his attempt wouldn't break any records, so why be so withering in your condemnation of youthful enthusiasm? I very much doubt anyone nowadays would seriously consider the north face of the Eiger without putting in the necessary preparation and getting the necessary experience.
> I think a lot of the responses on this thread have been pretty harsh and, dare I say it, typical of UKC at its worst. Climbing requires enthusiasm and there's no quicker way of killing enthusiasm than telling someone they are stupid.
> Let people dream!
It's a constant course of amazement (for me) that such a great forum also has it's share of numpties.
Sorry I can't put it as well as Up a hill.
Therefore, is his motivation the route itself, or any possible fame and publicity associated with his accent?
As someone with a reasonable amount of experience of climbing on the Eiger NF, I can say quite confidently, that if it's the latter, then he may well get it, but for all the 'wrong' reasons - e'g, Claudio Corti!
> Therefore, is his motivation the route itself, or any possible fame and publicity associated with his accent?
I don't know what his motivations are, and I suspect neither does anyone else. I can't see any direct evidence that he's in it just for the fame. It's so easy to misjudge the tone of forum posts if it's someone you don't know.
For all we know he might be truly passionate about the route, and the potential of being the youngest may simply have been incidental...
To the OP: I wish you luck but do not underestimate it.
"I suppose the title will have already grabbed your attention, but im planning on making the youngest summit on the Eiger north face on the 1938 route,"
Of course if his opening sentence had been....
.... "I suppose the title will have already grabbed your attention, but im planning on climbing the Eiger north face on the 1938 route,"...
then maybe there wouldn't have been any questions regarding his motivation.
Just a thought.
Two attempts for me, both in summer, years ago - I gather it's just climbed in Winter conditions nowadays - with my high point being the Brittle Ledges. Both resulted in typical epic storm lashed, waterfalled, avalanched and stone bombarded retreats (the 2nd resulting in 2 nights stuck at Death Bivi) and almost killed me too.
It is awesome, dramatic, unique and morbidly fascinating.
It is also the most disgustingly unpleasant, horrible piece of rotting loose 'death on a stick' choss on the face of the earth, with crap climbing, following a line which wanders around like a pissed student on freshers week, and is ideally suited to either masochists or cavers.
I would sooner perform root canal surgery on myself, without anaesthetic, using a black and decker drill, than ever step foot on it again.
I even refuse to go skiing at Wengen, because the sod is always in your face :-)
> I would sooner perform root canal surgery on myself, without anaesthetic, using a black and decker drill, than ever step foot on it again.
Wrong thread Gouch - that's Stoney...
I once heard Martin Moran lecture on some of his climbs in the Alps. Notably he didn't mention the NF of the Eiger until the Q&A at the end when someone else raised the subject. I got the impression that as far as he was concerned, there was much better, harder and more enjoyable climbing to be had all over the Alps away from the Eiger.
His reply to the question of his thoughts on climbing the NF? "I'm glad I've climbed it so now I don't have to do it again..."
> I even refuse to go skiing at Wengen, because the sod is always in your face :-)
Never been on the North face myself, no-where near able enough.
I've looked across from the ridges to either side & though what a gruesome shit-hole of a place it was though, & I'm a caver!
I think the reports of it being chossy climbing only seem to create a greater fascination! Bizarre.
Would love to do it one day.
a young german climber, michi wohlleben(age 22/23?) climbed it multiple times and was 15/16 during his first ascent! :O sick tho's youngsters
I'm a bit old (29) but if you can't find a partner, give me a shout.
I don't think it's been done in roller skates yet , so you could try that. Of course if you're not massively experienced at skating.....
To the op: Good luck if that's what you're really psyched for. If I were you though, I'd try and find my own little adventure, most probably on something few other people had been on.
Wear a helmet.
David, would someone who wears the crotch of his trousers around his knees really know what winklepickers are?
I have only ever looked at it, never having been good enough to consider it, but it never looked remotely appealing anyway (unlike say the N Face of the Matterhorn, which was a possibility when I was going well, and does look beautiful in the right conditions).
It just looks menacing, to apply the pathetic fallacy, it looks evil. Intentionally malevolent, the mountain actually is out to get you. There is nothing remotely attractive about it, just a huge dark grey mass of wickedness and malice.
It is hard to see that many people would want to climb it at all if it were not for its notoriety and history, and an awful lot of those that do seem to regard it as a very demanding and dangerous chore to be got out of the way as quickly as is remotely safe to do so.
Mind you, I know some that have pissed up it and wondered what all the fuss was about!!!
I think that could be because they never read The White Spider when they were an impressionable young teenager beforehand :-)
Now you've really reminded me of the classic Al Harris comment that he could wear winklepickers and follow anything Pete Crew led. Still makes me laugh. What a character...
PS Anyone interested can read the classic article by Jim Perrin about Al here: