A pupil of Arnold Bocklin, Welti regarded these colour improvisations--such as Eigerwand
(pictured)--as study material, and many remained hidden away in his studio until after his death in 1912.
His focus turned to the unclimbed Eigerwand
, in Switzerland, arriving only to find that an Austrian team had beaten them to it.
The names in this book are a role call of foolhardy bravery and tenacity: Paccard and Balmat on Mont Blanc (1786); Saussure, Agassiz, and Forbes' investigation of glacial mechanics; Wills, who ushered in the "Golden Age" of British alpinism, atop the Wetterhorn (1854); Tyndall and Whymper's rivalry over the Matterhorn (1865); and finally, decades later, the epitome of 20th-century mountaineering, the five-day climb straight up the hellish Eigerwand
by Germans laden with hardware and patriotism (1938).
Nearby is a little wooden door that opens out onto the face, and it has played a major role in the lore of the Eigerwand