The Swiss climber who holds numerous mountain climbing speed records recently set himself a new challenge: climb all European Alpine peaks over 4,000 metres in under 80 days.
Ueli Steck, nicknamed the “Swiss machine” announced on Wednesday that he had successfully climbed all 82 peaks in 62 days, well within his 80 day target. 38 year old Steck moved from mountain to mountain by bicycle and on foot climbing peaks in Switzerland, France and Italy.
And he managed to continue despite tragically losing one of his climbing companions, the Dutch climber Martijn Seuren, who fell 300 metres to his death from les arêtes de Rochefort, 3,900 metres up the side of Mont Blanc on 23 July 2015.
Note: a previous version of this article said that Ueli Steck held the speed record for reaching the summit of the Matterhorn. This is incorrect. The record is currently held by Dani Arnold. We apologise for this error.
Ueli Steck boucle 82 sommets en 62 jours (20 Minutes – in French)