Swiss Climber Breaks Eiger Speed Record

Photo courtesy of / Thomas Ulrich

Photo courtesy of / Thomas Ulrich

4/21/11 - Swiss alpinist Dani Arnold has set a new speed record on the north face of the Eiger. His time of two hours, 28 minutes cuts almost 20 minutes from Ueli Steck's previous record of two hours, 47 minutes.

Arnold, 27, has climbed the Eiger before, but this was his first solo of the Heckmair Route. He charged past 20 teams of climbers on the ascent. He did not free climb the Hinterstoisser traverse as Steck did, as it is only climbable in the winter. He started climbing at 9:05 a.m. and topped out at 11:33 a.m.

Arnold currently lives in Bürglen, Switzerland. He started climbing at 14 and first climbed the north face of the Eiger in his teenage years. Last year, some of his major feats included ascents of The Flying Circus and Come On Baby. He also soloed 36 pitches of the west ridge of the Salbitschijen in the Swiss Alps.

Date of ascent: April 20, 2011

Source: Hans Ambühl