The White Spider, Heinrich Herrer

This is a traditional mountaineering book which tells the harrowing tale of the first ascent of the Eiger’s north wall. Written by Heinrich Herrer, now famous for his book Seven years in Tibet with the forward written by Joe Simpson author of Touching the Void.  It is a tale of courage, tragedy and grim determination which is worth a read even if not a climber as it is generally free of jargon but it does lack the wider appeal of Seven Years in Tibet and is not as easy a read of other books on mountaineering.

Paperback 336 pages (January 2005)
Publisher: HarperPerennial