Climbing the North Wall of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps
Climbing the Eiger north wall by John Harlin's route was organized by
CET Neva high venture travel agency (St.-Petersburg) as part of the Winter
Championship of Russia 1996-1997. The ascent took 7 days. On February 28,
1997 the team reached the summit and descended on the same day.
List of climbers:
Anatoly Moshnikov, the captain, honoured master of sport, 44 years old,
Vladimir Vysotsky, candidate to master, 46,
Serguei Kalmykov, master of sport, 58,
Vasily Panasiuk, master of sport, 47,
Nicholas Totmianin, master of sport, 38.
The Championship Referee Board awarded our team with the second place, only 0.05 point behind the winning team from Magnitogorsk which climbed Mt. Fitz-Roi in the Patagonian Andes. We cordially congratulate our friends-competitors for their climb at the Extremity of the Land.
We left Petersburg February 12 at 3am in two cars and drove through Finland, then from Helsinki by ferry to Travemünde, and finally through Germany and Switzerland to reach the Alps. This journey took 4 days. We returned back on March 5. The expedition was non-commercial and we had no sponsors. The expenses, about US$650 per each, were covered by the participants from their personal resources.
In the ascent description below we deliberately refrain from giving technical details. We believe that the human emotional side is more interesting and the slightly non-standard form of the presentation is used for the same reason.
N. Totmianin: history
S. Kalmykov: letters to friends
A. Moshnikov: diary
A. Moshnikov: correspondence with American school students