Ueli Steck, Michi Wohlleben: Eighty-two Summits in 80 days

Eighty-two summits in 80 days—that’s the goal of mountaineers Ueli Steck of Switzerland and Michi Wohlleben of Germany.

By Rock and Ice | June 22nd, 2015

Steck and Wohlleben on the summit of Piz Bernina. [Photo: #82summits]Eighty-two summits in 80 days—that’s the goal of mountaineers Ueli Steck of Switzerland and Michi Wohlleben of Germany.

On June 10, Steck and Wohlleben summited the first of 82 peaks with Piz Bernina in Switzerland, kicking off their mission to climb all of the peaks in the Alps over 4,000 meters. Moreover, they will travel the entire distance through Switzerland, Italy and France by human-power—hiking, skiing, paragliding and biking between the peaks.

If they succeed, on August 29 they will have bagged 82 peaks, biked over 600 miles and climbed over 62 vertical miles.

“We are doing it just for fun,” Steck wrote on Facebook. “For the love of the mountains.”

The #82Summits project is not about setting any records; all 82 peaks have already been linked in one man-power-only push by Italian climbers Franco Nicolini and Diego Giovannini, who took only 60 days to make the trek in 2008.

“Very slowly I start to understand the road cyclist a bit,” Wohlleben wrote on Facebook, “but only very slowly and only a bit.”

The path of the #82summits project. [Photo: #82summits]Steck and Wohlleben have teamed up before. In 2014 they climbed the first winter linkup of three classic routes up the north face of Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites in less than 16 hours.

Steck has been a dedicated alpinist for over 20 years, after climbing the north face of the Eiger at age 18. Since then he has repeated many classic Alpine routes as well as climbing first ascents in Alaska, on the Pumori in Nepal and on the Gasherbrum II in Pakistan. He has also summited Everest without oxygen and set speed records on Annapurna’s south face, the Matterhorn and the Eiger. [WATCH: Ueli Steck – The Swiss Machine]

Twenty-five-year-old Wohlleben summited his first 4,000 meter peak when he was 14. He has climbed many first free ascents including Pray for Power (M14) and Optimist (1300m/M6) and at 21 became the youngest IVBV mountain guide.

Follow Steck’s and Wohlleben’s journey on their trip website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at 82Summits, and follow the conversation with the tag #82summits.

 

Steck and Wohlleben beginning the trip on Piz Bernina:

 

The 82 peaks in order from highest to lowest:

  1. Mont Blanc, 15,781 feet (4,810 m)
  2. Mont Blanc de Courmayeur, 15,577 feet (4,748 m)
  3. Dufourspitze, 15,203 feet (4,634 m)
  4. Nordend, 15,121 feet (4,609 m)
  5. Zumsteinspitze, 14,970 feet (4,563 m)
  6. Signalkuppe, 14,944 feet (4,555 m)
  7. Dom, 14,941 feet (4,545 m)
  8. Liskamm – east summit, 14,852 feet (4,527 m)
  9. Weisshorn, 14,780 feet (4,505 m)
  10. Täschhorn, 14,734 feet (4,491 m)
  11. Liskamm – west summit, 14,695 feet (4,479 m)
  12. Matterhorn, 14,692 feet (4,478 m)
  13. Picco Luigi Amedeo, 14,662 feet (4,469 m)
  14. Maudit, 14,649 feet (4,465 m)
  15. Parrotspitze, 14541 feet (4,432 m)
  16. Dent Blanche, 14,295 feet (4,357 m)
  17. Ludwigshohe, 14,242 feet (4,341 m)
  18. Nadelhorn, 14,196 feet (4,327 m)
  19. Schwarzhorn, 14,180 feet (4,322 m)
  20. Grand Combin – Grafeneire, 14,154 feet (4,314 m)
  21. Dome du Gouter, 14,121 feet (4,304 m)
  22. Lenzspitze, 14,088 feet (4,294 m)
  23. Finsteraarhorn, 14,022 feet (4,274 m)
  24. Mont Blanc du Tacul, 13,937 feet (4,248 m)
  25. Grand Pillier d’Angle, 13,921 feet (4,243 m)
  26. Stecknadelhorn, 13,914 feet (4,241 m)
  27. Castor, 13,914 feet (4,241 m)
  28. Zinalrothorn, 13,848 feet (4,221 m)
  29. Hohberghorn, 13,842 feet (4,219 m)
  30. Vincent Pyramid, 13,829 feet (4,215 m)
  31. Grand Jorasses – Pointe Walker, 13,806 feet (4,208 m)
  32. Alphubel, 13,799 feet (4,206 m)
  33. Rimpfischhorn, 13,776 feet (4,199 m)
  34. Aletschhorn, 13,757 feet (4,193 m)
  35. Strahlhorn, 13,747 feet (4,190 m)
  36. Grand Combin – Valsorey, 13,727 feet (4,184 m)
  37. Grand Jorasses – Pointe Whymper, 13,727 feet (4, 184 m)
  38. Dent d’Herens, 13,684 feet (4,171 m)
  39. Breithorn – west summit, 13,661 feet (4,164 m)
  40. Breithorn – central summit, 13,645 feet (4,159 m)
  41. Jungfrau, 13,642 feet (4,158 m) – SUMMITED JUNE 18
  42. Bishorn, 13,625 feet (4,153 m)
  43. Breithorn – Zwillinge West, 13,579 feet (4,139 m)
  44. Grand Combin – Tsessette, 13,566 feet (4,135 m)
  45. Aiguille Verte, 13,524 feet (4,122 m)
  46. Aiguilles du Diable – L’Isolee, 13,497 feet (4,114 m)
  47. Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey, 13,491 feet (4,112 m)
  48. Grandes Jorasses – Pointe Croz, 13,484 feet (4,110 m)
  49. Aiguilles de Diable – Pointe Carmen, 13,481 feet (4,109 m)
  50. Mönch, 13,474 feet (4,107 m) – SUMMITED JUNE 18/19
  51. Breithorn – Zwillinge East, 13,471 feet (4,106 m)
  52. Grande Rocheuses, 13,458 feet (4,102 m)
  53. Barre des Ecrins, 13,458 feet (4,102 m)
  54. Aiguilles du Diable – Pointe Mediane, 13,442 feet (4,097 m)
  55. Pollux, 13,425 feet (4,092 m)
  56. Schreckhorn, 13,379 feet (4,078 m) – SUMMITED JUNE 17
  57. Breithorn – Roccia Nera, 13,369 feet (4,075 m)
  58. Aiguilles du Diable – Pointe Chaubert, 13,366 feet (4,074 m)
  59. Mont Brouillard, 13,350 feet (4,069 m)
  60. Grand Jorasses – Point Marguerite, 13,337 feet (4,065 m)
  61. Aiguilles du Diable – Corne du Diable, 13,333 feet (4,064 m)
  62. Ober Gabelhorn, 13,330 feet (4,063 m)
  63. Gran Paradiso, 13,323 feet (4,061 m)
  64. Aiguille de Bionnassay, 13,294 feet (4,052 m)
  65. Piz Bernina, 13,284 feet (4,049 m) – SUMMITED JUNE 10
  66. Gross Fiescherhorn, 13,284 feet (4,049 m)
  67. Vincent Pyramid – Punta Giordani, 13,274 feet (4,046 m)
  68. Grand Jorasses – Pointe Elena, 13,271 feet (4,045 m)
  69. Grunhorn, 13,268 feet (4,044 m)
  70. Lauteraarhorn, 13,261 feet (4,042 m) – SUMMITED JUNE 17
  71. Aiguille du Jardin, 13,238 feet (4,035 m)
  72. Dürrenhorn, 13,238 feet (4,035 m)
  73. Allalinhorn, 13,212 feet (4,027 m)
  74. Hinter Fiescherhorn, 13,205 feet (4,025 m)
  75. Weissmies, 13,179 feet (4,017 m)
  76. Dome de Rochefort, 13,173 feet (4,015 m)
  77. Barre des Ecrins – Dome de Neige, 13,173 feet (4,015 m)
  78. Dent du Geant, 13,166 feet (4,013 m)
  79. Punta Baretti, 13,166 feet (4,013 m)
  80. Lagginhorn, 13,156 feet (4,010 m)
  81. Aiguille de Rochefort, 13,127 feet (4,001 m)
  82. Les Droitess, 13,123 feet (4,000 m)

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