Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck has completed his 82 Summits Challenge - in which he climbed all 82 peaks over 4,000m in the Alps in just 80 days, using only muscle power to travel between mountains. The challenge took Ueli and his climbing partners through Switzerland, Italy and France and included over 1,000km of cycling and 100,000m of altitude.
In reply to mbewsher: Seems a bit tasteless to speculate to that degree as much as I agree with Babika. But if Ueli was compelled to carry on, then so be it in my opinion. These things shouldn't end because of the loss of someone; and I speak from personal experience.
I was curious Martin Moran and Simon Jenkins 75 in 52 days wasn't mentioned, I'd be interested to know how the two compare, though I don't know the Alps so well.
In reply to UKC News: The sentence “[...]he climbed all 82 peaks over 4,000m in the Alps in just 80 days,[...]” should probably be changed to “[...]he climbed all 82 peaks over 4,000m in the Alps in just 62 days,[...]”
Firstly congrats to Ueli on completing his journey across all the 4000m summits of the Alps, especially given the difficult series of events with Michi getting injured and then the tragic lost of Martijn.
It would be great if this news piece was extended to include a bit more history including Matin Moran and Simon Jenkins' traverse, and also Diego Giovannini and Franco 'Franz' Nicolini. See the well reasurched piece below:
Great achievement. For the record, I would just like to note that the feat of climbing 82 4000-m peaks in just above 100 days, by my late friend Miha Valič, was, opposed to Ulie's current project, done during wintertime (i.e. December - March).
In reply to Jon Bracey:
Both physically and mentally, an incredible feat, even more so given the circumstances.
I read the Martin Moran book quite a few years ago, so this was the first thing that came to my mind, what I hadn't quite pieced together was that their trip was pre "official" list. Out of curiosity, on their timings, is there any rough indication of the time needed for the extra summits to get into the "official" list?
This and the recent Mirror Wall news piece seem to lack some context. In the case of the Mirror Wall story, someone posted a link to planetmountain with two previous routes on "the unclimbed face" (although I realise the debate is, were these on the "side of the face"?), surely worthy of note in a news report? Lindsay Griffin is always very good at putting the reported news story into context, listing the history leading up to the reported ascent. This makes it enjoyable to read and helps the reader understand the significance of the achievement.
Agreed. This is terribly written, and researched. The Moran/ Jenkins traverse was of course, not viewed solely as an 'attempt' in anyone's eyes. There was clear justification for the 74 summits. It's not a straightforward business listing the 'tops' but the UIAA list is arbitrary, and has many inconsistencies.