14 October 2013

Suunto ambassador Ueli Steck solos Annapurna in 28 hours round-trip

Ueli Steck

Ueli Steck, a Swiss climber and Suunto ambassador is arguably the best alpinist in the world. His most recent feat is a 28-hour round-trip solo of the South Face of Annapurna, an 8,091-meter peak in the Himalayas of north-central Nepal. It is widely known that this peak is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world to climb. 

Considering that the last attempt of this extremely difficult route on Annapurna was in 1992 by Jean-Christophe Lafaille and Pierre Beghin, when Beghin was killed, Steck’s recent 28-hour record is more than astonishing.

In a recent report written by Jon Griffith of Alpine Exposures, Griffith writes (in the article's opening paragraph):

An incredible time by the world’s best alpinist

“I just got off the phone with Ueli. In short he soloed the South Face of Annapurna in a 28 hours round trip. He completed the Lafaille line up through the headwall and on to the summit. It's an ascent that pretty much baffles the mind. But it's an ascent he puts down to being 'lucky', ‘sometimes you've just got to get lucky in the mountains.’”

Among a long list of superhuman accomplishments, Steck has posted smoking times for round-trip solo feats in the Alps. One of the most well-known is the record that left him with the name “The Swiss Machine.” For this, Steck soloed the Eiger North Face in 2 hours 47 minutes roud-trip.

Photo by Jon Griffiths 

Check Ueli's Movescount profile here.
Ueli's ambassador story here.

 


About Suunto

Suunto was born in 1936, when Finnish orienteer and engineer Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compass. Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments used by adventurers all over the globe. From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.

Suunto's headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Arc'teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor, and Mavic.

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