Books: Obsessed by an Ogre

THE CLIMB UP TO HELL (212 pp.)—Jack Olsen—Harper & Row ($4.95).

For two years, tourists poured into the little Swiss Alpine town of Kleine Scheidegg to gawk at a grisly spectacle. Hanging by a rope high up on the north wall of the Eiger (Ogre) was the body of a man, swinging free in summer, frozen to the wall in winter. It was the grim finale to a disastrous assault on the Eiger made by two Germans and two Italians in 1957. The retelling of their ordeal by Jack Olsen, a senior editor of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, is an engrossing study of the...

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