WATCH: Ueli Steck climbs the Eiger in 2 hrs 47 minutes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 28, 2011 5:11 pm

This milestone is getting quite a buzz lately in the viral universe so i figured i’d put it out there as well.  Absolutely incredible to think someone could climb the Eiger in under 3 hours but Ueli Steck, the Swiss Machine, does just that.  2 hours 47 minutes besting his previous record by over an hour.  He did it a few years back, but who cares?!   Using just cramp-ons and ice axes he basically runs up one of the most challenging mountains in the world.  The first video made my hands sweat and the second one is great with the man himself talking about what drives him and why he does what he do.  My question is, how does he get down?  Here are a couple of his other speed climbing records:

  • Speed solo ascent of the north face of the Eiger – 2 hours 47 mins
  • Speed solo ascent of the Matterhorn north face – 1 hour 56 mins
  • Speed solo ascent of the Grandes Jorasses – 2 hours 21 mins
  • Numerous other solo ascents in the Alps and Himalayas