Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
I would suggest to you that if you think you might need a guide for something like that, then you definitely need one! Suppose the weather closes in, as it can on the Eiger, would you trust yourself to find your way safely in zero visibility?

Also the route appears to be glaciated near the top. How experienced are you at distinguishing snow and ice that is sound enough to bare your weight from that which isn't? One stumble there and if you aren't roped to anyone you could be a gonner...
I spoke to a mountain guide about Eiger west flank in a pub last year, he said it is easy, and that he had climbed it without crampons. Here are two views of the gradient, it is not extreme at all, people ski down the west flank. The weather, is the main risk.





The North Face of the Eiger has a gripping history, there are many very entertaining documentaries about it, this is one of the best: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3ntsiw