I think the classic disaster of the Eiger has to be the 1936 epic... Tony Kurz, Hinterstossier and Angerer i allowed that story to permeate my climbing in the alps and on rock in the uk iam convinced it kept me safe for a decade, such fit strong talented climbers and the simple accumulation of growing problems leading to desperate tragic disaster...such a sad end.
You're correct about the Eiger. The tragic end of the 1936 climb played a big role. British climber Joe Simpson has written a book and produced a nice TV documentary. The book is available everywhere but I only have the french version of the TV doc. In the days of Ueli Steck's speed climb (less than 3 hours) of the north face of Eiger, everything seems now so easy but in the 60's, I still remember how tourists gathered in Kleine Scheidegg with binoculars to watch climbers deal with "death" (as the tourists said).
I agree what you've said about mountain photography, simple turning up in a beautiful mountain environment does not mean easily gain beautiful shots, in reflection i was a little surprised by how hard i had to work to get the decent stuff.
I'm also struggling to produce outstanding shots in the Alps but some others have mastered the craft very well. If you happen to be in Chamonix and haven't been visiting Mario Colonel's gallery (website
) or Famille Tairraz's store (website
), then consider a stop there. It's really worth it.
Happy climbing & shooting