photo courtesy of Ueli Steck
"I think I finally found my high altitude limit
, if I climb anything harder than that I think I will kill myself." - Ueli Steck on his 28 hour solo of Annapurna's South Face.
Ueli Steck - Annapurna South Face - Quick Edit from Nepal
from Fenom Creative Group
From Rock and Ice and UK Climbing:
Jonathan Griffith, a frequent climbing partner of Steck, "I haven't been able to speak to Ueli yet, but I did speak to his wife, and she has confirmed that Ueli has done the route."
Details pending. Should be a good read!
Congrads to Steck!
"The south face of Annapurna was first climbed in 1970 by Don Whillans
and Dougal Haston
, members of a British
expedition led by Chris Bonington
which included the alpinist Ian Clough
, who was killed by a falling serac
during the descent.
Annapurna I holds the highest fatality rate among all 14 eight-thousanders: as of March 2012, there have been 52 deaths during ascents, 191 successful ascents, and nine deaths upon descent, which means that "for every three thrill-seekers that make it safely up and down Annapurna I, one dies trying."
That same ratio is at or above six-to-one for all of the other eight-thousanders, except for K2
and Nanga Parbat
Climbers killed on the peak include Russian Anatoli Boukreev
in 1997, Spaniard Iñaki Ochoa
and Korean Park Young-seok
, lost in 2011.
The first solo climb occurred in October 2007 on the south face by Slovenian
climber Tomaž Humar