Two or three hours ago I was sitting at an outdoor cafe in Grindelwald (a 20-minute drive from Lauterbrunnen) and staring up at the somewhat spooky, occasionally cloud-covered Eiger — not the biggest or tallest mountain in the world but one that has killed at least 64 climbers who’ve tried to ascend its north face since 1935. Phillip Stolzl‘s North Face implanted the mystique. If the Eiger had a reddish tint it would look a bit like Cecil B. DeMille‘s Mt. Sinai in The Ten Commandments (’56).