Death-defying

Champion climber, 22, attempts to become first woman to summit “murder wall”

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Dozens have died trying to reach the peak of Mount Eiger, a forbidding mountain in the Swiss Alps. In fact, the 6,000-foot limestone precipice has proven so deadly over the years, it’s earned the nickname “murder wall.” But neither the nickname nor the deadly reputation has deterred 22-year-old Sasha DiGiulian from attempting to reach its peak. If she succeeds, she’ll be the first woman ever to do so. DiGiulian, who somehow managed to Skype with CBS News while in the middle of her climb, said she was faced with a surprising amount of resistance when she decided to take on the magnificent challenge. Some people “laughed in my face” she said. “When other women open the floodgates to showing that something is possible, then all of a sudden, you see a progression in a sport,” she said, explaining the significance of the climb. DiGiulian said she expects to reach the top of Eiger next week, at which point she’ll presumably take a moment to laugh at her doubters.

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