Ueli Steck Annapurna 2013

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In 2013, in the Nepal Himalaya, Ueli Steck solo’d the South Face of the 8091 meter Annapurna in 28 hours. As close friends of Ueli’s, we were along to document the remarkable ascent which would later earn the Piolet d’Or honor.

  • Date: 2013
  • Client: Ueli Steck
  • Filed under: Projects
Ueli Steck & Don Bowie relaxing in a hot spring during the approach to Annapurna.
Ueli Steck getting a leg massage at a Nepalese guesthouse during the approach to Annapurna.
The South Face of Annapurna I, 8091 meters.
Ueli trail running near the Annapurna Basecamp during his acclimatization period.
Ueli bouldering at Annapurna basecamp.
At Annapurna Basecamp, Nepalese friends performed a sacred puja to bless the team and pray for the safety of everyone.
During an Advance Basecamp supply run, Ueli and I arrived in snowy weather to set up the tents and deliver gear.
Ueli climbing through the ice fall on the way to Advance Basecamp.
Ueli and Don Bowie inside the cooking tent at Annapurna Advance Basecamp.
Ueli at the base of Annapurna, getting ready to climb.
Ueli Steck and Don Bowie approaching the South Face.
Ueli Steck beginning his solo ascent of Annapurna.
The Advance Basecamp Team watching Ueli through a camera and long lens.
Ueli Steck, circled, climbing the South Face of Annapurna.
Ueli’s friends in advance basecamp, nervously watched his progress.
During the night of Ueli’s ascent, Janine stands outside the tent hoping to get a glimpse of Ueli.
Tenji Sherpa and Don Bowie greeting Ueli during his descent from the South Face.
Ueli Steck where we encountered him, exhausted, on the glacier at the base of the South Face of Annapurna.
Ueli descending the glacier at the base of the South Face of Annapurna immediately following his solo ascent.
Ueli Steck at the base of the South Face of Annapurna during his descent from the mountain.
Ueli getting ready to head down from Annapurna Advance Basecamp after his successful solo ascent of the South Face.
Ueli Steck
Elizabeth Hawley, the longtime historian of all Himalayan climbing, interviewing Ueli in Kathmandu after his historic solo ascent of Annapurna.