Mountain Hardwear Athlete Ueli Steck Successfully Links Three Classic Mountaineering Routes in Para-Alpinism Style
RICHMOND, CALIF. (Aug. 29, 2012) – On a day when all the conditions aligned perfectly, Mountain Hardwear athlete Ueli Steck successfully linked three classic Swiss mountains in under 15 hours by climbing to the summit and flying his paraglider as close as possible to the start of the next climb.
“It was a cool trip, just pack a backpack and go for a ride,” said Steck. “That’s what I liked the most. There were no deposits or any support on the trip, just a nice lunch in the mountain hut. The combination of flying and climbing was just perfect. I had a great day.”
On Aug. 18, Steck started climbing the Jungfrau at 3 a.m. via the Rotal Ridge. From just below the summit, he flew his paraglider to the base of the Mönch North Face. He then soloed the Lauper Route to the summit of the Mönch and then flew to the Eismeer Glacier on the south side of the Eiger. After a hike to the Mittelegi Hut for some lunch and a climb up the Mittelegi Ridge, Steck was on top of the Eiger at 3:13 p.m. Steck finished the trip by hiking down from the summit to the Geneva Spur, from which he few down to the Lauterbrunnen Valley and was back to his car by 5 p.m., leaving plenty of time for dinner.
The backpack Steck used to carry his kit throughout the day was the SummitRocket 40, and he protected himself against the elements with a number of products from the Ueli Steck Project, including the Hydra Pro Glove and the Desna Hoody.
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