Life & Aging A man and his mountains Previous Next Grandes Jorasses, France Steck takes a rare moment to enjoy the views. ueli steck Grandes Jorasses, France The time tells all: two hours, 21 minutes to climb the north face, a record. ueli steck Steck says climbing steep sections like this can actually be safer because he moves slowly, making sure each hold is good. ueli steck Rocky Mountains, USA A thin ribbon of ice entices climbers in the United States. ueli steck Like on a StairMaster but bigger: Steck races up a steep face. ueli steck Tengkampoche (6500m), Khumbu Valley, Nepal Steck climbs fixed ropes during the first ascent of the north face in April 2008. For this ascent he and Simon Anthamatten were awarded the Piolets d'Or. ueli steck Tengkampoche (6500m), Khumbu Valley, Nepal Steck inches along the summit ridge during the first accent. ueli steck Rocky Mountains, USA Overhanging ice presents no problems for Ueli Steck. ueli steck Annapurna, Nepal Refueling at a basecamp tent on Annapurna. ueli steck Annapurna, Nepal Steck makes his way across a glacier riddled with chances to fall into something or for something to fall on him. ueli steck Silberfinger, Engelhörner, Bernese Oberland Steck decides to go without a rope up the spectacularly exposed limestone on Silberfinger, rated 6c or 5.12d. ueli steck Eiger, Switzerland The price for glory: Steck's hands, bleeding and cramped, after establishing a new route on the Eiger. ueli steck The Eiger Steck relaxes on a portaledge anchored to the Eiger. ueli steck Rocky Mountains, USA Steck tackles a frozen waterfall in the United States. ueli steck Grandes Jorasses, France On terrain like this, Steck can virtually run. ueli steck Tengkampoche (6500m), Khumbu Valley, Nepal Steck takes a breather back at base camp after a first ascent. ueli steck Rocky Mountains, USA The approach to a climb can be half the fun. ueli steck Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3 Picture 4 Picture 5 Picture 6 Picture 7 Picture 8 Picture 9 Picture 10 Picture 11 Picture 12 Picture 13 Picture 14 Picture 15 Picture 16 Picture 17 The adventures of Ueli Steck This content was published on August 7, 2009 - 16:42 Snapshots of the places you can go when you are Switzerland’s fastest alpinist. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us! If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at email@example.com.