VIDEO: Ueli Steck Speed Solo - Grandes Jorasses

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Jun/2009
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Ueli Steck...Colton-Macintyre (VI,6) Speed Record, 167 kbUeli Steck...Colton-Macintyre (VI,6) Speed Record
© Jon Griffith, Alpine Exposures
Ueli Steck has smashed speed records with audacious ascents of the big three Alpine North faces in literally just a couple of hours.

He speed soloed the Colton-Macintyre route on the Grandes Jorasses in a ridiculous 2 hours and 20 minutes. His record for the Eiger North Face is 2 hours and 47 minutes and his record for the North face of the Matterhorn is a mind bending 1 hour and 56 minutes. Less than 2 hours!

Aided by experts from the Swiss Olympic team, his body is at peak physical fitness which, it seems, allows him to not feel lactic acid build up and for him to literally run up these alpine faces

Jon Griffith

Steck is no slouch on rock either, having soloed several routes of F8a. His recent honeymoon to Yosemite was also productive - see this UKC News Report.

UKC contributor, professional photographer and all-round good bloke Jon Griffith puffed and panted his way up the Grandes Jorasses with Steck just a few days after the ascent. He captured some stunning photographs and also filmed Steck in action. Jon wasn't there on the day of the actual speed solo.

  • You can find out more about Ueli's ascent of the Colton Macintyre in this full detailed account: Alpine Exposures

Ueli Steck racing up the lower ice field on the Colton Macintyre- Grandes Jorasses, 182 kbUeli Steck racing up the lower ice field on the Colton Macintyre- Grandes Jorasses
© Jon Griffith

Watch the video:

UKC would like to thank Jon Griffith for this video.

Ueli Steck is sponsored by Petzl , Beal , Mountain Hardwear and Scarpa


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