The next morning
they began creeping down. Thirty-seven hours after they began their climb they
were met by a seven-man rescue team, who rushed Noichl to a hospital, where two
fingers were removed from his crushed hand.
Thus, the Eiger
had defeated another attempt to climb it. The body of Stefano Longhi still
swung at the end of the rope high on the cliff, a macabre sight for tourists to
peer at through the telescope on the hotel terrace in the valley far below. But
one man would not look up. Said Lothar Brandler: "I hate that
The skipper added
to his crew
A maid in stylish sacking;
She doubles as a flying jib
Where'er the boat is tacking.
--John Stuart Martin