More of today's pictures of the conquest of the Eiger Mountain as seen through a telescope by Swiss T.
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Background: More of today's pictures of the conquest of the Eiger Mountain as seen through a telescope by Swiss T.V. cameraman stationed about a mile away.
It was early today that the four young mountaineers reached the summit. For hours they'd been watched by people in the village below. They knew the peak had climbed the lives of a score of climbers in recent years, and some were doubtful about the chances of the four mountaineers -- three Germans and an Austrian. They'd already spent six days and nights on the mountain in below freezing temperatures.
But one by one they were spotted on the summit, just before nine this morning. The watchers below saw them shaking hands there and clapping each other on the back.
Then the descent. They're the first climbers ever to reach the summit by the frozen north face in winter. But for the return they chose a more normal, safer way down, leaving behind them the point of no return, Dead Man's Bivouac, the icefields, the swallow's nest, and the difficult cracks and pillars. Before the climbers reached the bottom, a welcoming party went out to meet them, armed with flasks of brandy and hot coffee. Tonight the young mountaineers were said to be in excellent condition. They've gone into seclusion with some friends.