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Ueli Steck Shatters Grand Jorasse Record


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How long did it take Hermann Buhl to climb it? I remember reading in his book Nanga Parbat Pilgrimage about how he astonished everyone by climbing it in, say, an afternoon, after the previous fastest time was a couple of days!


It seems like the spirit of Buhl lives on in Ueli Steck. That guy is incredible.

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Dudes been getting around in a huge way. Amazing stuff.




"In May the speedy Swiss climber Ueli Steck free-climbed Golden Gate (5.13b), a 41-pitch route up the west wall of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.


Ueli on-sighted or climbed the route for the first time and fell on only one pitch. Steck, 32 years old, did the route in four days on his honeymoon. His wife Nicole belayed him. Steck onsighted without falls three 5.13 pitches and five 5.12 pitches, but fell on a relatively easy 5.11 crack above El Cap Spire when he slipped on wet rock."


this yesterday:

"On July 9, 2009, Ueli Steck summitted Gasherbrum II (8035 m). Ueli returned safely to basecamp today, July 10, 2009. This is Ueli's second trip to Gasherbrum II. Three years ago, Ueli, Cédric Hählen and Hans Mitterer completed the first ascent of the East Summit of Gasherbrum II (7772 m), over the "Magic Line." For Ueli, this summer's Gasherbrum II expedition sets the stage for a fall attempt on Makalu."

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