First ascent of the NE-face: 1871 by John Hawthorn Kitson, Christian Almer, Ulrich Almer
First ascent of the most famous route through the NE-face (the exposed big rib in the middle of the face, compare route overview: D+, 1100hm, 6h): 1909 by Oliver Perry-Smith, Whintrop Young, Joseph Knubel.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe