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Oregonian climbs Eiger; OMSI premieres film

by: Eric Norberg, John Harlin III

Forty years ago, John Harlin II, at age 30, was on the verge of conquering the Eiger North Face in the Swiss Alps, when his rope broke and he fell 4,000 feet to his death.

Last year, his son, John Harlin III of Hood River, conquered his own personal demons over that event, and completed his father's climb.

A MacGillivray Freeman OMNIMAX movie of that feat world-premiered at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, just north of the Ross Island Bridge, on March 9th; and Harlin (at right) met to discuss the climb with OMSI staff and the press, after the showing, in the museum's lobby. The popcorn was good, and so was the movie.