Everest 2013: Ueli Steck and Simone Moro To Do Something “Different”


When two of the biggest names in climbing join forces it always piques the interest of the mountaineering community. That’s exactly what we have with the pairing of Ueli Steck and Simone Moro this spring as the two legends prepare for an attempt on Everest. The early word on their expedition was that they intended to do a new route, but the two men have kept their plans close to the vest. Now, as the spring Himalaya season kicks off, we’re learning a bit more about their plans, which they say will be “different.”

Simone and Ueli recently sat down with our friends at EpicTV and shared a few more details of their Everest climb without giving too much away. They tell us they’ll be climbing without oxygen or Sherpa support but from their description it sounds like they may be using an established route but approaching it in a unique fashion. They even say that we’ll have to wait to see what they do once they are actually on the mountain. It seems they have a plan but are remaining flexible, reading the conditions of Everest when they are actually there.

EpicTV’s  Climbing Editor and photographer Jon Griffith will also be headed to Everest this spring. He hopes to chronicle Ueli and Simone’s efforts while having a go at the mountain himseslf. That should make for some interesting reports from the field when everyone sets out for Nepal in the near future. In the meantime, check out the video below of the two men talking about their upcoming expedition.

Kraig Becker

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