Video: Dani Arnold Sets New Speed Record on Grandes Jorasses

Swiss climber Dani Arnold has set a new speed record on the Grandes Jorasses in the Alps. Known for his fast and light ascents, Arnold was able to summit the 4208-meter (13,805 ft) peak in 2 hours and 4 minutes, besting the previous record held by Ueli Steck by 17 minutes. The video below takes … Read more

Conrad Anker Shares Thoughts on Ueli Steck’s Final Climb

As successful as the 2017 climbing season in the Himalaya was, there will always be a dark cloud that hangs over the proceeding there. That’s because on April 30, the mountaineering community lost one of its most well known and accomplished members when Swiss climber Ueli Steck fell to his death while training on Nuptse. … Read more

Public Memorial for Ueli Steck to be Held May 23 in Switzerland

Despite the fact that teams in the Himalaya are now preparing for major summit pushes on a host of big mountains, a dark shadow continues to loom over the spring climbing season. The mountaineering community still mourns the loss of Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who was amongst the best and brightest climbers of his generation. … Read more

Climber Jonathan Griffith Remember Ueli Steck

As I’ve said previously on this blog, we’re likely to see a number of touching tributes to Ueli Steck in the days ahead, especially as his friends return home from the Himalaya this spring. His loss is still incredibly shocking to many in the mountaineering community, who will be struggling to come to terms with … Read more

Himalaya Spring 2017: First Summits of the Season, Fixing Ropes on Everest, and Ueli Laid to Rest

It continues to be a busy time in the Himalaya, where teams are now squarely focused on finishing up their acclimatization efforts and planning summit bids. While it will likely be another week or so before the push gets underway on Everest, elsewhere in Nepal the first 8000 meter summits of the year have been … Read more

Ueli Steck Dies on Nuptse

Incredibly sad news to report from Nepal today. The Himalayan Times has posted a story this morning that indicates that Swiss climber Ueli Steck was killed while climbing on Nuptse. He was apparently making a solo ascent of that mountain as part of his acclimatization process prior to an attempt on an Everest-Lhotse traverse later in … Read more

Himalaya Fall 2017: Rest and Recovery, Base Camp Pups, and Acclimatization on Everest

It has been a busy week on Everest. Reportedly, the weather has been quite good there over the past few days, allowing a number of teams to send climbers up to Camp 2 to continue their acclimatization efforts as they prepare for the challenges ahead. At this point, most of the teams have now spent … Read more