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The Climb Up to Hell by Jack Olsen (1998-10-15)

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  • By Douglas Terry on May 2, 2016

    This is the story of climbing the North Face of the Eiger and the resuce of those who failed to make it to the top. I'm not a climber but find climbing stories interesting. I did find myself wondering what's the point of climbing this unsafe face, not only risking the lives of the climbers but of those to have to come to the rescue of those climbers when they get in trouble. It was interesting on reading about the interaction between with the professional and non-professional (but very competent) rescue teams. We see the interference of government bureaucracies and those trying to gets those off the face who should have never tried in the first place. I found it an interesting read, both of the drama of the climbs, the rescue and the technical aspects of the rescue and the hardships to the rescuers.

  • By Danielle N. Hart on March 26, 2016

    Good solid read. I did not want to put it down. It's fairly short, and the story moves along briskly.The book is definitely more focused on the human element of this event than the technical climbing side of it. One of the only drawbacks is that so many characters get introduced, but Olsen does a good job of highlighting their contributions and their moments. The whole aspect of people spontaneously forming their own rescue teams, the Grindelwald rescue leader who came up with his own inventions (and lost an eye in the process), the four climbers who went up, and so many others. Olsen doesn't pass judgment on anyone, but shows them as they are. Some of the small moments (like one climber retrieving a note left for one of the fallen climbers, congratulating him on climbing the Eiger) are ones that will stay with you.There is some information on the technical side (such as why the Eiger is so much more difficult than other climbs) but you don't have to be a climber to understand it.

  • By Happy Customer on September 9, 2017

    The first time I heard of the eiger, I was watching a movie because I like Clint Eastwood. Then years later, after my first visit to the rocky mountains in colorado, I was telling a friend how amazed I was by the size and rugged beauty of that range. She was not inpressed. When I asked her why, she said "I have seen the Alps. I have seen the Eiger."So it is with flatlanders, we see photos and read stories and wonder what makes a person throw a few things in a bag to climb a mountain. This story of one climb becomes the story of a rescue, a fascinating system of unionized mountain guides, and a truly horrible piece of rock.

  • By Emma A. Fine on September 13, 2017

    Over the years I have read many books on mountain climbing and I have a number of them in my library. I have never aspired to climb but find excitement in reading accounts about those that do. The author is a skilled writer who uses the climbing terminology without stopping to define it. He presupposes that the reader is familiar with it. I like that.

  • By Geraldine Unger Satz on July 6, 2016

    The events in this book were brought to life by Jack Olsen's wonderful ability to take the reader along with the story. And what a story!In my estimation to climb a mountain like the Eiger is to jump out of a plane without a parachute. But the climbers don't think like that. The climbers tackle this mountain very seriously, with great preparation and some very real dread. I was taken up to the summit and brought down and still can't get the events out of my mind. Kudos Mr. Olsen.

  • By Elizabeth A. Koch on August 7, 2016

    I enjoy reading about mountaineering, and this was an incident I didn't know anything about. I knew the reputation of the Eiger, and, of course, being a Clint Eastwood fan, I've seen the movie several times. This book is not the basis of that movie, so don't confuse the two. It's very readable, and held my interest from start to finish, although it's sometimes like a Russian novel, with all the names of the many individuals involved getting confused in my mind, but that aside, if you're interested in true mountaineering stories, I recommend this book.

  • By Weez on February 1, 2017

    This isn't really my usual cup of tea, but I was snookered in by the good price and all the good reviews. And I'm so glad I was. Olsen is a mesmerizing writer (Think "Night of the Grizzlies"). He doesn't sermonize, spend too much time with lawyers, or bore the reader with side issues. He sticks strictly with the action, from beginning to end.

  • By PT Lovejoy on May 14, 2016

    Well worth the read. As to why they do it? They are nuts, that's my opinion. But I do like to read about mountain climbing. It's a good story, though tragic and mistakes were made during the rescue attempt but I guess that happens when you are involved in life and death situations. And above all, there are times you may find yourself in the tough situation of "no turning back"! PT Lovejoy

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