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The Ueli Project

The Ueli Project

Part of what makes Ueli Steck a new breed of alpinist is the amount of work he does before he reaches the base of a climb. All climbers train and all climbers spend time planning their routes. But Steck’s level of pre-climb conditioning (both physical and mental) is legendary. What’s less known is that his focus on his gear is just as intense.

After his record-breaking ascent of Eiger, Steck set his sights on a new challenge: speed ascents of Himalayan peaks. To transition his speed mountaineering style to the Himalaya, he needed to evolve both his training and his gear. Traditional big mountain climbing apparel and equipment was too slow and cumbersome for the kind of fast, light and aggressive attempts he was planning. For his style to work, he needed a new kit.

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