The fine Line to Eiger
The Eiger (3,967m.) is one of the most famous summits in the Alps. The north face and other routes have an immense appeal for climbers worldwide. The first ever ascent in 1921 went via the Mittellegi ridge. Filmmaker and reporter Matthias Lüscher previously climbed the Matterhorn, so the Eiger should be possible too, or so he hoped.
Lüscher is not an experienced climber, so he has arranged with mountain guide Laura Bomio for her to take him up the route safely. The cameraman too has his own guide. This produces some magnificent footage and breathtaking images of this infamous route over the Mittellegigraad to the top of the Eiger.
This ridge is not for the faint-hearted. There are some fantastic views, but look down and there are at least 1,000 metres between you and eternity. There is only so much you can prepare for, says Laura Bornio, there’s always a ‘residual risk’. She is the first female mountain guide in Grindelwald. Her clients have always attained their goal, even though it may well have been touch and go at times on this narrow ridge.