Ueli Steck has soloed the Colton-MacIntyre Route on the north face of the Grandes Jorasses in 2 hours 21 minutes, the fastest time for any route on the premier north wall of the Mont Blanc massif. The Swiss climber had never been on this route. Steck carried a 50-meter 5mm rope, two ice screws, two pitons, and four carabiners; however, he completed the 3,600-foot route, including difficult dry-tooling, without using the rope or pro. He stopped his watch atop Pointe Walker, the highest point of the Grandes Jorasses.
Last February, Steck broke his own record for speed-climbing the north face of the Eiger, climbing the classic 1938 route in 2 hours 47 minutes 33 seconds. In March 2006, he climbed the Bonatti Route on the north face of the Matterhorn in 25 hours, a record for that route but not the face; Walter Bonatti took five days on his first ascent of the route in 1965.
Date of Ascent: December 28, 2008
Source: Ueli Steck, Planetmountain.com