"Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy .. "
Climbing isn't a sport, not in the traditional sense anyway. You don't get to go to the Olympics for it. You don't win gold medals for it. And other people are the least of your worries while you are at it. We don't scoop the dirt with our fingers for it to fall to the ground to the sound of standing ovations and clicking of medallions. What inspires us are steeper walls, taller mountains, tighter time frames, thicker ice and the magnificent human capacity to ENDURE. These three climbers are just another example of this superhuman capabilities. Ueli Steck, Tommy Caldwell and Kavin Jorgesen have been climbing all the world's high altitudes and inspiring us all to do the same.
On January 14, as the sun set in Yosemite National Park, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed what is arguably the most difficult ascent in the history of rock climbing. The duo remained on the wall for 19 days, climbing 3,000 vertical feet along widely spaced, razor-thin granite holds. Their prize: the first free ascent (using ropes only to catch falls) of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall.
Ueli Steck has been climbing for over 20 years and in that time he has become one of the most renowned and respected athletes of his generation. In an age of fast and light alpinism, Ueli Steck has driven the sport to new heights with revolutionary ascents all over the world. In 2015, after several years of pushing the limits of his sport in the high ranges of the Himalayas, Ueli decided to return to the Alps to attempt a very different take on a classic alpine challenge; climb all 82 summits of 4,000 metres or above in the European Alps in less than 80 days, and to top it all off, to complete the challenge using only human power from start to finish.