The Nordwand, German for "north face," is the spectacular north face of the Eiger. It is one of the six great north faces of the Alps, towering over 1,800 m (5,900 ft) above the Kleine Scheidegg. It was first climbed on July 24, 1938 by Anderl Heckmair, Ludwig Vörg, Heinrich Harrer and Fritz Kasparek, a German–Austrian group. The group had originally consisted of two independent teams; Harrer and Kasparek were joined on the face by Heckmair and Vörg, who had started their ascent a day later and had been helped by the fixed rope that the lead group had left across the Hinterstoisser Traverse. The Eiger north face ascent is one of the legendary and most difficult ascents in the Alps and has rightly been first conquered in the year Alpina launched the Alpina 4: the first modern sport watch. Alpina 4: Alpine and North proof. Alpinists, always Face North.