The Classic Alpinist: Ueli Steck Climbs 82 Summits In 62 Days – Part 1

Part 1 of "The Classic Alpinist,” a special 4-part video series.

By Rock and Ice | December 15th, 2015

Ueli Steck, the Swiss Machine, began the 82 Summits project on June 10, alongside German mountaineer Michi Wohlleben. Their goal was to climb all 82 4,000-meter peaks in the Alps in 80 days, using human-power—hiking, biking, paragliding and skiing—to travel between and ascend each summit.

On August 10, Steck bagged his last two peaks, the Les Ecrins, 19 days ahead of schedule. He celebrated with champagne and a trip to Céüse, to, as he puts is, “see if we can hold on to steep Limestone.”

While Steck was not trying for a record, he came one day shy of the the Italians Franco Nicolini and Diego Giovannini’s 2008 linkup of all 82 summits in 60 days. They too employed only human-power, hiking, skiing and biking up and between peaks.


Click here to read more about Ueli Steck’s 82 Summits Project


EpicTV and Goal Zero present “The Classic Alpinist,” a special 4-part series. Stay tuned for part 2 coming out next Tuesday, December 22.

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