I came across this video this morning and while it mostly serves as a commercial for Mountain Hardwear gear, it also gives us some insights into the brain of climber Ueli Steck. As the video says, Ueli brings the mentality of an ultra-runner to mountaineering, always wanting to go faster on the mountain.
To accomplish that, his gear needs to be incredibly light without sacrificing performance, something that he worked closely with Mountain Hardwear to accomplish. Several of the company’s designers are also in the video, sharing their thoughts on the way that Ueli changed their approach to creating gear.
The results were a complete kit for the Swiss Machine that ways less than ten pounds. Pretty impressive stuff.
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