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Topic - Question about the Eiger Nordwand Heckmair Route

Ian Hocking - on 27 Apr 2013
Hi everyone

I'm very new to any form of climbing, having only had a couple of sessions on an indoor training wall, just enough to learn a bit about the basics.

I'd really appreciate some help from an alpinist about climbing the Eiger Nordwand. This isn't for me (you'll be relieved to hear) but for a story I'm writing in my guise of science fiction author http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ian-Hocking/e/B002BM8SFE

As a writer, I'm keen to get some of the basics right for this story, which involves a bit of a scrap on the Nordwand. I've read Harrier's White Spider, watched Mordwand - heck, I even thought back to The Eiger Sanction, which I last saw in the nineties - but I'm not able to answer the following question:

- Roughly how long might it take a pair of reasonably experienced climbers to get from Alpiglen to the Eigerwand terrace? They're using 1908 mountaineering equipment (hobnail boots; nothing too specialised), it's May, and conditions are misty but otherwise good.

Any help would be appreciated. Payment would be free ebooks and karma..!

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