Ueli Steck and Jon Griffith - Lesueur Route Free

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Jan/2012
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Ueli 'The Swis Machine' Steck teamed up with Brit Jon Griffith a few days ago to make a one day free ascent of the Leseuer Route on the North Face of the Petit Dru, Chamonix.

Ueli Steck leading the first crux section of the Lesueur Route, 187 kbUeli Steck leading the first crux section of the Lesueur Route
© Jon Griffith / Alpine Exposures

Jon commented on his blog:

"I think this is the first free ascent and first one day ascent in winter but credit for that goes to the Steck..."

The pair made the most of a good weather forecast, but also had to deal with extremely cold weather. Night time temperatures in the valley were as low as -22.

  • You can read Jon's excellent report with great photographs on his website: Alpine Exposures

The line of the Lesueur Route, 164 kbThe line of the Lesueur Route
© Jon Griffith / Alpine Exposures

Jon Griffith bivvying in the Breche between the Petit Dru and the Grand Dru, 127 kbJon Griffith bivvying in the Breche between the Petit Dru and the Grand Dru
© Jon Griffith / Alpine Exposures


Ueli Steck is sponsored by various companies including Mountain Hardwear , Scarpa , Petzl , Beal

Jon Griffith is a professional mountain photographer - see his work on Alpine Exposures

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