/ NEWS: NEWSFLASH: Steck Solos Annapurna South Face
In a brief report on Planet Mountain the news has broken that Ueli Steck has soloed the huge South Face of Annapurna (8091m), Nepal.
UKC spoke to Jon Griffith, close friend of Ueli who said:
"I haven't been able to speak to Ueli yet, but I did speak to his wife, and she has confirmed that Ueli has done the route."
Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=68404
Monumental (,,, or should that read 'mental'?!)
Jeepers. I have very little idea what this involves, but it isn't the sort of news you hear every day, that's for sure.
Breathtaking news.... the potential of this guy is limitless.
Anyone know how many ascents the south face has seen?
That has literally made me spill my pint!
I've just been reading Wikipedia and it reports that Tomaz Humar soloed the South Face in 2007. I don't remember hearing about that before.
From climbing.com's news article: "Slovenian climber Tomaz Humar soloed a route up Roc Noir and continued up the east ridge to Annapurna East (8,047m). But until now no one had soloed a route on the main south face."
That's not very clearly written at all.
It makes sense to anyone who knows the area (I don't either, but I took 2 mins to look up a topo of the mountain and it's clear that Roc Noir is off the main south face).
South Face routes: http://www.russianclimb.com/annapurna/2008/anna2008.jpg
> I took 2 mins to look up a topo of the mountain
Well give yourself a sherbet dip, and a pat on the head.
> South Face routes: http://www.russianclimb.com/annapurna/2008/anna2008.jpg
This sentence is still very badly written: "But until now no one had soloed a route on the main south face." And would be even if you posted a link to a Vermeer.
Here is a wee bit more about the ascent from Alpinist magazine, albeit a small paragraph and more history on the place:
> Here is a wee bit more about the ascent from Alpinist magazine, albeit a small paragraph and more history on the place:
"a failed anchor sent Beghin's 7100 meters to his death, forcing Lafaille to down climb with no protection."
Must be a big wall.
> "a failed anchor sent Beghin's 7100 meters to his death, forcing Lafaille to down climb with no protection."
> Must be a big wall.
I remember that; Beghin abseiled off a single friend, which popped. :(
> Must be a big wall.
Must be an error!
According to the Alpinist, the south face is 2300 m so just over 7500 feet.
Can anybody work out where Steck's line is in relation to the other routes on the face? Did he climb the Jean Christophe Lafille line?
Good photo of Jean Christophe Lafaille line here.
Steck's line in the link above looks similar?
Is there any more detail yet?
I remember visiting Annapurna base camp in 1998 and meeting an American team who were retreating from a failed attempt on Bonnington's south face route. I had a chat with the expedition leader over a beer. He said the team had been spooked by avalanches and too many of them had simply lost the will to continue.
He was deeply impressed by Bonnington and team's pioneering 1970 expedition.
Hearing the cracks and the booms of rockfall and icefall resounding from all around the massive Annapurna amphitheatre, I think I would have wanted to run away too. It was the most intimidating place I have ever been in.
If he did climb the main south face, Steck's ascent will go down as one of the most outstanding Himalayan ascents ever done.
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