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Abandoned User · · Unknown Hometown · Joined unknown · Points: 5,185

So, I'm having some friends over in a couple days to watch the Eiger Sanction and was thinking about how to make a drinking game out of it.

Well, perhaps predictably, in an infinite monkey theorem way, this idea has not only already been done, but there is even a website for the rules (


"Take one drink, a sip/gulp/dome of beer (preferably Olympia [it is the water, after all]) or spirit (Wild Turkey, on the rocks), any time one of the following occurs.

Required rules (drink for...):

  • Any epic cinematic shot (subjective, use your best judgment)
  • Finish drink when you first see the Eiger (beginning of the third half of the movie)
Suggested rules:

  • Any time you hear “Dr. Hemlock”
  • Any time anyone on screen drinks
  • Any time Clint gets laid
  • Any time anyone swoons over Clint
  • Any time you see a woman’s exposed breasts
  • Any time someone gets killed
  • Any time Clint punches someone
  • Any time there is a switchblade
  • Any time an awkward, totally inappropriate joke about rape is uttered
  • When you hear the title of the movie spoken in dialogue
  • Any time an ass is slapped
  • For those who are musically inclined: any time you hear the theme in any of its many guises throughout the film. (John Williams, you old dog)
Additional rules for climbers:
  • Every hip belay
  • Any time someone jugs up the rope
  • Any time someone who is supposed to be leading is clearly on top rope
  • “North Face, of course”
  • When the Hinterstoisser Traverse is mentioned
The movie splits nicely into three halves, with the final section containing the most epic shots.  Pace yourself accordingly.  If you follow the rules liberally, you should end up going through around 10 beers.  Please tailor the rules for your own needs; the author will not be held responsible for any overindulgence.

Here’s what Roger Ebert had to say about this masterpiece:

That makes the danger in the mountain scenes seem more real. We’ve vicariously more involved with the actual Eastwood than we would be with Hollywood stunt work, no matter how impressive. And so we get wrapped up in the situations, and we’re seduced by the photography, and we enjoy the several pretty girls who happen along in the hero’s path, and if the plot doesn’t make any sense well, no movie’s perfect. (1)

Maybe Ebert was already privy to the drinking game and didn’t remember much of the plot.  It is finely crafted and ripe for intellectual discussion, especially after following our given rules.

Please pour out some of your final drink in honor of David Knowles, a body double and camera man who tragically perished during filming of this cinematic masterpiece."
Chris C. · · Seattle, WA · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 337
  • each drink is a shot 
· · Unknown Hometown · Joined unknown · Points: 0

How about take a shot everytime you clip a bolt (allowed to place gear instead of clip bolt if you want) and the last one standing wins.

Em Cos · · Boulder, CO · Joined Apr 2010 · Points: 5

How does one find the beginning of the third half of a movie?

Sam Cieply · · Venice, CA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 25
  • Anytime Clint says something racist
fallingmonkey · · The West · Joined Oct 2012 · Points: 35
Sam Cieply wrote:
  • Anytime Clint says something racist

That's what I was thinking too. Racist comments like maybe.... Jemimah? What does your mother love pancakes? Or maybe everytime they say the dogs name.

Andrew Child · · Santa Clara · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 691

Any scene that is in the enormocast intro/outro

Andrew Krajnik · · Plainfield, IL · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 1,673
Em Cos wrote: How does one find the beginning of the third half of a movie?

Easy, it's right at the end.

jg fox · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jun 2015 · Points: 5

How about take a shot for the two scenes that became cover photos for Alpinist 10 and Alpinist 41?

Menna Mourad · · Portland, OR · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 0
Andrew Child wrote: Any scene that is in the enormocast intro/outro

we shall continue in style

Abandoned User · · Unknown Hometown · Joined unknown · Points: 5,185

the eiger drinking game happened last night and was a bloody hoot!

keep the suggestions coming for other people that want to continue in style!

Stiles · · the Mountains · Joined May 2003 · Points: 840

Drink when they pound pitons or throw punches

Justin Laursen · · Chattanooga, TN · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 490

Finish your drink when Clint finds out he carried a bunch of beer to the top of the Totem Pole.

Abandoned User · · Unknown Hometown · Joined unknown · Points: 5,185
Andrew Child wrote: Any scene that is in the enormocast intro/outro

we drank to this- a good addition, almost as fun as "SWITCHBLADE!".

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

General Climbing

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