At a recent gathering of media
and distinguished guests in the American Natural History Museum in NYC,
Switzerland Tourism hosted a showing of a spectacular IMAX film, ďThe Alps.Ē
Sweaty palms, wide-eyed
admiration and an awed silence greeted the end of the film. This was not your
typical show and tell travelogue about the beautiful mountain range in
Switzerland---not even close.
This film was about John Harlin
IIIís climb of the dangerous North Face of the Eiger. A poignant tale which
began 40 years ago when Johnís father fell 4000 feet to his death because of a
frayed rope; reenacted to believability.
John Harlin III was in
attendance at the showing and with quiet emotion explained why he and fellow
climbers Robert and Daniela Jasper ultimately persevered in this climb. Those
with weak hearts need to hold on tightly when watching the 6th MacGillivray
Freeman Film series of Great Adventure Films. I have not seen the others, but
I canít imagine them being more dramatic.
www.alpsfilm.com for a preview of this daring adventure as Harlin explains
the difficulties of the climb.