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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