Journalists and media professionals eager to get a first look at Ueli Steck’s upcoming book and documentary, were required to make the asent to the top of the rainy, snow-filled Eiger North Face. However, most of the visitors took advantage of the rare opportunity to feel the airy gulf between themselves and a giant ice wall, supported by a single rope. Afterall, how many people can claim that they climbed the Eiger North Face?
At the top of the mountain rests an ice bar at the Jungfraujoch, which is a refrenshingly cold -20°C (not very different from the conditions that Ueli endured while performing his speed ascent of the north face of Grandes-Jorasses. The bar is carved from an actual glacier, and almost appears blue, creating an unrealistic looking light.
The visitors are wrapped tightly in warm jackets, making themselves comfortable as they prepare for Ueli, and his co-author Karin Steinbach, to discuss their brand new book, Speed. The event begins with several short clips from an upcoming documentary, which examines Ueli’s record-setting treks upon the three great north faces of the Alps. When the clips finished, photographer and cameraman Röbi Bösch’s role became immediately evident.
When the event finished, the visitors grabbed a hot lunch at the The Crystal before heading back down to Grindelwald. The slow descent through the interior of the Eiger was both harrowing and breathtaking, especially when one considers that Ueli broke the mountain's speed record on February 13, 2008 by rapidly scaling it at an astonishing 2 hours, 47 minutes and 33 seconds.
Check out the video of Ueli's book launch, and see images from the event below: