New Route Attempt on Eiger North Face Aborted

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At least, the trio will not spend Christmas Eve on the North Face of Eiger. Photo: Huberbuam

It’s a no-go for the Huber brothers and Stephan Siegrist on the North Face of Eiger. “Spindrift and way too much unconsolidated snow slowed down our progress so that we couldn’t see a realistic chance to finish our project in good style,” Thomas Huber said.

A mix of ice and rock on the North Face of the Eiger this weekend. Photo: Huberbuam

After two days of progress on sketchy mixed terrain, with the rock increasingly ice-covered as they went higher, plus two rather cold bivouacs on the wall, the trio has aborted their attempt at a new route up the classic face.

They plan to try again in the spring.

Spindrift dusting the route — better try again in spring. Photo: Huberbuam

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Angela Benavides

Angela Benavides

Senior journalist, published author and communication consultant. Specialized on high-altitude mountaineering, with an interest for everything around the mountains: from economics to geopolitics. After five years exploring distant professional ranges, I returned to ExWeb BC in 2018. Feeling right at home since then!

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