Sunday, 29 January 2012


Iain borrowed a video from John and Mairi in order to sit with a friend who had a stroke 10 years ago.  The gentleman was a very fine climber in his day and edited many books on Scottish Mountaineering (for example this one.)
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This has to be one of the most heroic and tragic stories in mountaineering.  As the cover of this video states: "The climbing sequences equal those of Touching the Void." The 3 of us sat and watched this film absolutely spell-bound!

The film is called North Face and is German with English sub-titles. The German title is Nordwand and came out in 2008, directed by Philipp Stölzl. It is based on an attempt in 1936  to climb the Eiger north face and the basic story of the climb is true, incredible ... but true.  Added to this, and off-setting the mountaineering drama, is the social situation in Germany - again, very well done.  It also highlighted the role of newspapers in their push to get a story (e.g. Stanley going out to search for Livingstone.)

The story is about 2 climbers, Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas) from Berchtesgaden, Germany.  For a trailer the link is here

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