We haven’t heard from Ueli Steck in awhile. I was beginning to think he was slacking off somewhere, but I suppose I should have known better. It seems that he’s been up to his usual bag of tricks, namely setting new speed records on big European peaks.
According to this story from the Hardwear Sessions, back on December 28th, Ueli climbed the North face of the Grandes Jorasses on the Mount Blanc massif in a record time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, and solo no less. He topped out on Pointe Walker, a 4208 meter (13,805 feet) summit that marks the highest point in the Grandes Jorasses. Not a bad days worth of climbing for his first attempt on the wall huh?
Ueli has now completed the North Face on the three biggest mountains in Europe, namely the Eiger, the Matterhorn, and now the Grandes Jorasses. He holds the absolute speed record on the Eiger and now the Grandes Jorasses, and holds the speed record for the Bonatti route on the Matterhorn as well.
Check out the full story at the Mountain Hardwear blog where they have more details on the climb itself. Really impressive stuff out of Ueli once again. Congrats on another amazing climb!
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