Swiss rock climber and mountaineer Ueli Steck soloed Annapurna's South Face in early October. Steck describes the achievement of his ascent, which he has considered to be a long term project.


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...better than a mofo, double tough, huge heart, staggering courage, that is Ueli Steck. Imagine three El Capitans stacked on top of each other, add one thousand more feet on the most dangerous mountain in the world. I agree with Messner, an impeccable judge of mountaineering and character, and I believe Mr. Steck is one stone cold badass who definitely made it to the top of the dreaded Annapurna. Zee

David Zander - 01/15/2015 8:26:04

Stepan. In my opinion, yes, you would need to require proof. We don't know who you are. But I don't require proof from Ueli. Why? I will use the same reasoning that Reinhold Messner said why he believed Ueli. Adventure Sports:Steck has lost his digital camera during his ascent, he had no GPS tracking. Do you think that a stain clings to his climb because it is not completely documented? Reinhold Messner:Once again we see critics who in fact have problems with themselves. As Ueli Steck describes his climb it is absolutely comprehensible. He is climbing solo, he loses his camera, there is no partner who has a second camera in his backpack, and he has no GPS system. I see no reason to doubt. If he does not have the ability, whoever else should have it? It is clear that doubts have arosen mainly in Switzerland where Ueli Steck has become so dominant in the creativity of modern mountaineering and where of course are rivalries. That is human nature. But to spread rumours like “Yes, it could be, but maybe not” via internet or pass them on to journalists, that’s no recommendation for climbers. He has no reason to lie. He described the climb perfectly. Hank Aaron has no reason to lie when he says he hit A Home Run. Michael Jordan doesn't need to lie when he says he scored a basket. And Ueli Steck doesn't need to lie when he says he climbed a mountain. If anyone on this planet has proven themselves, then Ueli is one of them. Even if he failed to climb it, which he admits he has TWICE before, I would still consider him the greatest today. So their is no real motivation for him to lie.

David - 01/06/2015 9:47:37

There is no question that Ueli Steck is a brilliant climber but I see no proof that he completed the South Face and reached the summit of Annapurna I. Please tell me where is the proof? How can he claim the summit without proof.

Stepan - 11/25/2014 6:49:56

He lost his camera in a snow slide that almost wiped him off the he couldn't take a summit shot, apparently.

Jamie S. - 11/20/2014 5:41:33

An incredible feat but to me the greatest accent was the Polish line on K2 done in 1986 by Jerzy Kukuczka and Tadeusz Piotrowski. Reinhold Messner called it a suicidal route and no one has repeated their achievement. "The route is so avalanche-prone, that no one else has ever considered a new attempt."

Bryant - 05/09/2014 12:46:26

Still not sure who to believe on this ?

Andy Roberts - 03/29/2014 4:57:21

this is beyond messner's solo of everest?? This face was first climbed in 1970, it's been climbed in every style imaginable, and sure the route that steck climbed was more technically difficult than messner's north face of everest route, but it was the unknown factor that made Messner's climb the greatest of all time.

Matt - 02/06/2014 9:24:37

The video doesn't show him "Watch Ueli Steck's Ascent of Annapurna's South Face". the video doesn't show him climbing to the summit. Not even close.

dan - 12/18/2013 8:56:36

No summit photo?

dan - 12/18/2013 8:53:28

Epic. The Michael Jordan of climbing

Shel Talor - 12/06/2013 7:20:13

certain one of the greatest achievements in the history of alpinism

Andre De Baeremaecker - 12/03/2013 11:07:32

Annapurna South Face Solo No O2 In 28 Hours!! Absolutely Legendary. Perhaps the most epic climb any of us has or ever will witness. Congrats Ueli.

ColoradoCastle - 10/26/2013 11:00:34

Well done Ueli.

Deano - 10/17/2013 4:51:30

A climb that won't be repeated any time soon. If ever again. Unbelievable. Sweet climb Ueli!

Dan Ralston - 10/17/2013 9:17:21

This may be the boldest Himalayan ascent of anything, ever.

Steph - 10/17/2013 8:33:13

I was speachless when House and Anderson did the Rupal face, but this is beyond even Messner's solo of Everest!

Richard E. Kissee - 10/17/2013 8:24:20