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K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Climbing Machine on 03/03/2011 17:48:50 MST Print View

Taking light and fast to new heights!

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Climbing Machine on 03/03/2011 18:03:06 MST Print View

That is fricking amazing! Wow.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Motivating on 03/03/2011 18:09:07 MST Print View

Seeing someone push the envelope is incredibly cool and motivates me to get off my lazy butt and find my limits. Thanks for the post Kat. Are all the swiss mountain goats?

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
mountain goats on 03/03/2011 18:15:07 MST Print View

He is incredible! Mountain Goats....are you saying that because you know that is my user name on another forum???
Kidding aside, you do see people in their seventies, bowed legs, not even trying to work out, just hiking up the steepest stairs, just to check on a goat, or look at the flowers....
I have known about Ueli Steck for a few years, and now a reel of him is part of the Banff Film Festival, which I will be going to see tomorrow night.
Ueli climbed the Eiger in 2 hrs, 47 minutes, with half a liter of water, an energy bar and three energy powders.

Edited by Kat_P on 03/03/2011 18:21:41 MST.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Climbing Machine on 03/03/2011 18:56:17 MST Print View

Which route on the Eiger? There are several. A few of which would make his type of climbing impossible.

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
bahh bahh bahhh on 03/03/2011 18:58:04 MST Print View

ueli steck and alex honnold are sick puppays ...

alex soloing half down 2000 ft with no rope ... one mistake and youre a pancake breakfast for the bears ...

edit ... david, he did the original 1938 Heckmair Route ...

as to goats ...

Edited by bearbreeder on 03/03/2011 19:00:59 MST.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Eiger on 03/03/2011 19:09:41 MST Print View

The North Face

And if you understand Swiss and German

Edited. Sorry my answer missed your question

Edited by Kat_P on 03/03/2011 19:44:30 MST.

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
Climbing Machine on 03/03/2011 19:40:59 MST Print View

Heckmair route I believe. (Eric beat me to it:) It really is incredible what certain individuals can achieve.

I have just finished reading Joe Simpson's book The Beckoning Silence, which describes one of the early attempts on the North Face by Andreas Hinterstoisser, Toni Kurz, Willy Angerer and Edi Rainer. The contrast between this and Steck's climb couldn't be starker.

Edited by jephoto on 03/03/2011 19:53:32 MST.

David Lutz

Locale: Bay Area
"Climbing Machine" on 03/03/2011 20:33:03 MST Print View

Don't these guys have Moms?!

There's a good movie from a couple of years ago about the Kurz/Angerer attempt on the north face of Eiger called "North Face/Norwand".

Edited by davidlutz on 03/03/2011 20:33:38 MST.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Climbing Machine" on 03/03/2011 20:54:58 MST Print View

Unreal! Did I see him running along a knife edge with a pack full of gear!?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Climbing Machine on 03/03/2011 21:00:22 MST Print View

You got me fired up Katarina! That guy moves like a mountain goat.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Climbing Machine on 03/03/2011 21:09:51 MST Print View

Its all CGI, obviously.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Climbing Machine on 03/03/2011 21:46:30 MST Print View

CGI? You are joking, obviously.

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Climbing Machine on 03/04/2011 09:12:22 MST Print View


Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Climbing Machine on 03/04/2011 09:26:51 MST Print View

"CGI? You are joking, obviously."

No no, he meant it. CGI - this Climbing Guy's Incredible.....

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F
run ueli run!!! on 03/04/2011 09:55:52 MST Print View

eugene .... in crampons no less

ueli ... "swiss mountaineeing is very traditional ... you cant run in crampons thats a big no no ..." or something like that

next thing you know ueli is running at the top of the eiger in crampons

the mental control these people have is sheer sickness ... knowing that one wrong move means death

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Climbing Machine on 03/04/2011 10:14:26 MST Print View

I just threw up. In my mouth.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Intense. on 03/04/2011 11:45:08 MST Print View

I watched this movie at the Banff Mtn Film Festival tour here in Santa Barbara last week. This guy is amazing. I can't believe the amounts of physical and mental strength it takes to travel that fast through that kind of terrain. Talk about stamina!

Just about equally impressive was another film about a free solo climber whose taken to climbing with a base jumping rig so that when/if he falls during one of his climbs, he pulls the cord and turns, what would have been a fatal mistake, into a parachute descent.

It amazing to see how folks are pushing the different disciplines of climbing farther and farther every year.

Aaron Benson
(AaronMB) - F

Locale: Central Valley California
Good posting. on 03/04/2011 12:06:21 MST Print View

Amazing. Simply amazing!

Thanks for the post.

Ken K
(TheFatBoy) - F

Locale: St. Louis
Amazing... on 03/04/2011 22:35:07 MST Print View

Amazing... and lucky! I'm sure he knows what he's doing, but to me it looks like he takes a LOT of risks. At that pace, I can't believe he's choosing his route or footings with the same diligent focus he would at a slower pace. Snap decisions kill, and from the looks of it, he's relying as much on luck as skill.