Steck, in a league of his own in terms of fast and light alpinism, is also an amazingly accomplished rock climber. The true all-rounder won a Piolet d'Or back in 2008 for an alpine-style first ascent of the North Face of Teng Kang Poche (6500m) and also made an almost onsight ascent of El Capitan via the route Golden Gate back in 2009.
His recent ascent of Shisha Pangma is one of the fastest ascents of an 8000m peak ever, and Steck was climbing in alpine style, with no fixed equipment.
Shisha Pangma is the fourteenth highest peak in the world and is Ueli Steck's third 8000er. He climbed Gasherbrum II and Makalu in 2009.
We hope to bring you more information on Ueli's ascent soon.
VIDEO: Ueli Steck Hits the High Mountains