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October 21, 2011

Ueli Steck's record solo climb — in 2 hours 47 minutes — up the North Face of the 13,000-plus-foot Eiger

The Swiss mountaineer performed his amazing feat on February 13, 2008.

The video above, narrated by Steck, has highlights.

Since Steck's ascent, another Swiss climber, Dani Arnold, has cut the Eiger record to 2:28, using the fixed ropes on the Hinterstoisser Traverse (Steck used no ropes, climbing entirely without aid).

For reference, the first ascent of the Eiger's North Face occurred only in 1938; In 1950 the route was climbed in 18 hours.

More on the new sport of speed climbing in Sunday's New York Times front page story.

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