It will be challenging but that was the point. It was born from a challenge supporting mental health climbout.co.uk
The Eiger can be dangerous as I know from personal experience and our plan is to climb the West Flank Route to the summit. Although the route is of moderate difficulty, climbing as part of a VI team will prove challenging and I expect the descent will prove the most difficult element when abseiling etc but I trust John has the resilience to deal with whatever we encounter. He's a tough person.
|John and I at World Championships in Gijon|
It's fantastic that my old mate Colin is joining us to assist. I've known and climbed with Colin since we were 13 years of age and trust him emphatically.
Although my last adventure was an amazing epic that involved helicopter rescues and an unplanned change of partners high on the wall to allow me to summit it ended sadly with Roger losing his sight in one eye with a detached retina from falling ice near the Traverse of the Gods on the North Face. So it seems there is a link to what we are doing and to have Colin on this journey with me is just great as he missed out on the last Eiger sanction!
|Summit icefield on Nordwand.|
|Bringing the injured Roger up to my belay.|
|Neil Boyd preparing to tackle the Spider on the North Face|