Mar 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm #1270015Mar 3, 2011 at 5:03 pm #1704126
That is fricking amazing! Wow.Mar 3, 2011 at 5:09 pm #1704129
Seeing someone push the envelope is incredibly cool and motivates me to get off my lazy butt and find my limits. Thanks for the post Kat. Are all the swiss mountain goats?Mar 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm #1704130
He is incredible! Mountain Goats….are you saying that because you know that is my user name on another forum???
Kidding aside, you do see people in their seventies, bowed legs, not even trying to work out, just hiking up the steepest stairs, just to check on a goat, or look at the flowers….
I have known about Ueli Steck for a few years, and now a reel of him is part of the Banff Film Festival, which I will be going to see tomorrow night.
Ueli climbed the Eiger in 2 hrs, 47 minutes, with half a liter of water, an energy bar and three energy powders.Mar 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm #1704149
Which route on the Eiger? There are several. A few of which would make his type of climbing impossible.Mar 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm #1704150
ueli steck and alex honnold are sick puppays …
alex soloing half down 2000 ft with no rope … one mistake and youre a pancake breakfast for the bears …
edit … david, he did the original 1938 Heckmair Route …
as to goats …Mar 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm #1704155Mar 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm #1704160
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
Heckmair route I believe. (Eric beat me to it:) It really is incredible what certain individuals can achieve.
I have just finished reading Joe Simpson's book The Beckoning Silence, which describes one of the early attempts on the North Face by Andreas Hinterstoisser, Toni Kurz, Willy Angerer and Edi Rainer. The contrast between this and Steck's climb couldn't be starker.Mar 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm #1704187
@davidlutzLocale: Bay Area
Don't these guys have Moms?!
There's a good movie from a couple of years ago about the Kurz/Angerer attempt on the north face of Eiger called "North Face/Norwand".Mar 3, 2011 at 7:54 pm #1704203
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Unreal! Did I see him running along a knife edge with a pack full of gear!?Mar 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm #1704206
@creachenLocale: East Bay
You got me fired up Katarina! That guy moves like a mountain goat.Mar 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm #1704214
Its all CGI, obviously.Mar 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm #1704232
CGI? You are joking, obviously.Mar 4, 2011 at 8:12 am #1704352
;)Mar 4, 2011 at 8:26 am #1704358
"CGI? You are joking, obviously."
No no, he meant it. CGI – this Climbing Guy's Incredible…..Mar 4, 2011 at 8:55 am #1704381
eugene …. in crampons no less
ueli … "swiss mountaineeing is very traditional … you cant run in crampons thats a big no no …" or something like that
next thing you know ueli is running at the top of the eiger in crampons
the mental control these people have is sheer sickness … knowing that one wrong move means deathMar 4, 2011 at 9:14 am #1704390
I just threw up. In my mouth.Mar 4, 2011 at 10:45 am #1704427
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
I watched this movie at the Banff Mtn Film Festival tour here in Santa Barbara last week. This guy is amazing. I can't believe the amounts of physical and mental strength it takes to travel that fast through that kind of terrain. Talk about stamina!
Just about equally impressive was another film about a free solo climber whose taken to climbing with a base jumping rig so that when/if he falls during one of his climbs, he pulls the cord and turns, what would have been a fatal mistake, into a parachute descent.
It amazing to see how folks are pushing the different disciplines of climbing farther and farther every year.Mar 4, 2011 at 11:06 am #1704436
@aaronmbLocale: Central Valley California
Amazing. Simply amazing!
Thanks for the post.Mar 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm #1704674
@thefatboyLocale: St. Louis
Amazing… and lucky! I'm sure he knows what he's doing, but to me it looks like he takes a LOT of risks. At that pace, I can't believe he's choosing his route or footings with the same diligent focus he would at a slower pace. Snap decisions kill, and from the looks of it, he's relying as much on luck as skill.
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