Rising to 3976 metres, the Eiger dominates the skyline above Grindelwald, and is arguably the most iconic mountain in the Alps. On 11 August 1858, Irishman Charles Barrington along with two Grindelwald guides, Christian Almer and Peter Bohren, made the first recorded ascent via the West Face & West Ridge route. Barrington was not a well known mountaineer, and made no further climbs of note after this landmark in 19th century mountaineering. Today, whilst the Eiger is most celebrated in alpine climbing for its infamous 1800 metre North Face (first climbed in 1938 by an Austrian-German expedition) the West Face still provides the most popular route up the mountain, and also makes for a fine ski descent in the right conditions. In this superb short film, Supreme Odyssey show us how it's done




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