Books about the Eiger

The Eiger; perhaps second only to Everest in terms of fame it continues to draw climbers, adventurers, mountain walkers and the curious to the verdant valley at its foot.

The curious and the voyeuristic still gaze at the North Face, through telescopes, with a mixture of awe and desire. The Swiss mountain town which nestles under the vast rock face is Grindelwald, a perfect base for exploring the surrounding Bernese Oberland on foot or by other means.

  • If you are looking for some thrilling reads or tips to guide your adventures around this spectacular alpine scenery look no further than here!
  • Wherever possible the book links below should lead to pages giving the option of Hardcover / Paperback / Kindle Edition

Switzerland has long been considered a centre for alpine sports for the mountain enthusiast. From the early climbers like Leslie Stephen and Edward Whymper who came here looking to expand their experience of alpine climbing to the later mountaineers who saw this small mountain nation as a training ground for Himalayas. Now winter sports rule in this beautiful landscape; skiing, snowboarding and other adventure sports course through the veins of Switzerland!


Extreme Eiger
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A German team and a British/American team meet at the bottom... then the race is on.

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Classic, fast-paced thriller that spawned the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name. 

White Spider
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The epic story of the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger.

Beckoning Silence
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The celebrated author of Touching The Void finally meets the Eiger.

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Legendary climber Alison Hargreaves solos 6 Classic Alpine North Faces in one summer.


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Perhaps the best walking guide giving comprehensive detailed paths in the Bernese Oberland.

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Classic Lonely Planet guide to mountain walks throughout Switzerland.