Ueli Steck is a Swiss extreme alpinist, mountaineer and carpenter. He is credited with single-handedly reinventing the pursuit of mountain climbing by throwing time into the mix. Steck doesn’t just get to the top of treacherous mountains, he does it as quickly as he possibly can. Using phenomenal speed, agility and endurance, he scales routes that normally take four days in a staggering three hours.
Steck’s deeds include startlingly quick ascents of Annapurna, the Matterhorn, and the Eiger. Very few mountain climbers go solo; success and safety in the sport usually relies on being part of a team. Yet in October 2013, on his third attempt, Steck climbed the South Face of Annapurna, one of Nepal’s most challenging mountains, without anyone to keep him company or safe. He completed the summit in an astonishing 28 hours.