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UELI STECK – REAL EXTREME!

Uli Shtek, the future legend of conquering the peaks, the Swiss Machine and the owner of two Golden Ice Axes, was born on October 4, 1977 in Switzerland in Langnau im Emmental. He was fond of hockey and skiing as a child. He became interested in mountaineering as a 12-year-old boy. In adolescence, he trained at climbing gyms. At the age of 18, having gained good physical and psychological shape, he already went through some of the most difficult and dangerous routes in the Alps.

Despite his youth, Uli Shtek conquered difficult peaks one after another. By the age of 25, he already had an impressive and respectful track record. In 1998, a young mountaineer single-handedly reached the summit of Mengch on Heston’s lobby. In 2001, the Pointe-Walker of the Grand Joras Massif obeyed him. In addition, this route was extreme and extremely difficult. In the same year, along with Uli Buler, the athlete first climbed Pumori – the peak in the Himalayas in the Mahalangur-Himal mountain range. The route was a little less than one and a half kilometers. About a year later, in 2002, together with Sean Easton, the Swiss Car made its own route to Alaska to Dickey, which was called Blood from Stone.

Uli Štek became known to the general public in 2004, when he completed the extremely difficult and dangerous route on Wendensteck along the Excalibur ridge in the Alps without insurance. Robert Besh, who is a photographer, was filming what was happening from a helicopter. Later, the photos hit the media, which made Uli Stek famous. After that, he began to work with Wenger, Mountain Hardwear, Scarpa and others that became his sponsors.

In June 2004, Uli Shtek again in the company of Stefan Sigrist in a day and one hour overcame the northern walls of the peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau and Mench. A year later he joined the expedition under the name “Khumbu-Express”. During it, Shtek alone climbed the walls of Cholanjie and Tabocha in the Himalayas. The subsequent track record of Uli Stek became grandiose. He made all kinds of solitary and pair ascents in the Alps, the Himalayas, in the United States.

Uli Steck paid special attention to the northern wall of Eiger. Routes along it he went many times. In 2001, He reached the summit on his own new route in the company of Stefan Zygrist. The route was called the Young Spider. After 2 years, Steck and Siegrist for 2 days went along the northern wall of Eiger redpoint route La Vida es Silbar. In January 2006, for 5 days, he repeated the route of the Young Spider, but already alone. On February 21, 2007, he set a new world record: the time to climb the summit was 3 hours 54 minutes. February 13, 2008 Shtek was able to break his own record and climbed in 2 hours 47 minutes.

In 2015, for 62 days, Uli Shtek climbed all 82 alpine peaks, whose height is more than 4000 meters. He reached 31 of them alone, 51 with partners, including his wife Nicole.
Not always all the attempts of Uli Stek were successful. For example, in the spring of 2007, when he first tried to walk alone along the southern wall of Annapurna in the Himalayas for the first time, he fell from a height of 300 meters and could die.
On April 30, 2017, Uli was preparing to pass at the speed of the Everest-Lhotse traverse in the Himalayas. He died during the ascent to the top of Nuptse, falling from a cliff with a fall of 1000 meters. The body of the climber was cremated, part of the ashes were scattered in Switzerland.
Uli Shtek was twice awarded the Golden Ice Ax prize, which is the highest and honorary award in mountaineering. First, he received it in 2009 for his first ascent to Teng Kang Poche. The second time – in 2014 for passing along the southern wall to Annapurna.

In June 2004, Uli Shtek again in the company of Stefan Sigrist in a day and one hour overcame the northern walls of the peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau and Mench. A year later he joined the expedition under the name “Khumbu-Express”. During it, Shtek alone climbed the walls of Cholanjie and Tabocha in the Himalayas. The subsequent track record of Uli Stek became grandiose. He made all kinds of solitary and pair ascents in the Alps, the Himalayas, in the United States.

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