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Les Droites - Ueli Steck Speed Solo Video

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Ueli Steck - the world's best alpinist or a climber on the edge of insanity? Who knows. What we do know is that he has speed-soloed some of the Alps' greatest North Faces in lightning quick times.

What takes many teams three days takes Ueli Steck less than 3 hours.

In this video by professional photographer and UKC Gear Reviewer Jon Griffith, we see Ueli in action speed soloing the classic 1000m ED1 route The Ginat on the North Face of the Droites, Chamonix.

Keep up to date with Jon on his website: alpineexposures.com

VIDEO: Ueli Steck Speed Soloing the Ginat on the Droites


Ueli Steck has various sponsors including Petzl, Scarpa, Julbo and Mountain Hardware

For more information on Ueli check his website: uelisteck.ch



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16 Apr, 2010
What a route!!!!!!!! Pass me the tissues
16 Apr, 2010
Aaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgh!! I've just watched TobyA video of sking in norway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8OGJhO41ZQ and now i watch Ueli in the sun drenched alps... The sun, the snow, the mountains, day after day of livin it up in the snow. I can't take anymore, thats it i quit my job, i'm out of this office, turning my back on nine-to-fiving it, i disown my family, sod the mortgage and getting the lawn mowed. I'm running for the hills....must have snow....must have mountains.... oh damm, i forgot, I've got to take the kids swimming tomorrow...oh well maybe next week.
16 Apr, 2010
Some say that Steck is the best all round climber that has ever lived. He has so much alpine, rock, ice and mixed experience it is incredible. His life revolves around training for his speed solos, every day a specific training regime plus he has an amazing head and trains at the Swiss Olympic institute. Someone told me that, he doesn't double check placements, he just keeps moving on up even if the axe is wobbly. All this speed soloing in the Alps is mere sport climbing compared to his big Himalayan projects ; o )
16 Apr, 2010
Yeah, but his ability to assess a placement must be unbelievably honed or he'd have been dead long ago. Most mortals attempting rapid style pedalling up mixed ground would be taking a big 'dynamic descent' before long.
16 Apr, 2010
Very nice, thanks for that video. One thing I've always particularly liked about your vids is the music. Keep it up.
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