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Success on Shishapangma (4-18-2011)

Mountain climber, Ueli Steck (34) successfully began his ninth Himalayan expedition. He climbed the south wall of Shisha Pangma (8027m), the fourteenth highest mountain in world, in just 10.5 hours.

Steck used his signature speed-climbing system to climb the dangerously high altitudes of the Himalayas, in order to reach his goals as quickly as possible.

To prepare for his climb, Steck acclimated himself for a month in the Khumbu Valley, on the south side of Mount Everest (Nepal). On April 10th, he traveled with his partner, Don Bowie from Katmandu to the Shisha Pangma.

Once they reached the base camp (5800 m) at the foot of the wall, Bowie did not feel that would be able to complete the climb, so on Saturday at 22.30, Steck began the expedition alone. Within only 20 hours, Steck had climbed Shisha Pangma, and returned to camp.

Steck and Bowie will now continue their expedition together, and attempt to climb the sixth highest mountain in the world, Cho Oyu (8201m) from the north side.

Secretary of Ueli Steck
Patricia Bamert

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