Europe, 1963

This is a photograph of the picture on a postcard of the North Face of the Eiger that I sent to my brother, Anthony, and his wife, Julie. The black line shows the route of the first successful ascent of the Nordwand in 1938, and the nine numbered places on the route are: (1) the Hinterstoisser traverse; (2) the first ice-field; (3) the second ice-field; (4) ) the flat-iron; (5) the third ice-field; (6) the ramp; (7) the traverse of the gods; (8) the White Spider; and (9) the exit cracks.