Friday, 22 April 2011

Speed Record for the North Face broken!

Ueli Steck's incredible speed record for climbing the North Face of the Eiger, set in 2008, has been beaten, by an incredible 20 minutes, by Dani Arnold; someone I'd never even heard of before! Arnold is a Swiss climber and he reached the summit in a hugely impressive time of 2 hours 28 minutes; surely this is a time that no one could beat? You have to be a highly skilled climber with nerves of steel and the fitness of a machine.

Ueli Steck seems like a competitive person and I wouldn't be all that surprised if he wanted to reclaim his record of fastest ascent of one of the most famous mountain faces in the world. The history surrounding the North Face of the Eiger goes back to and 1930s and it will always remain a must for keen and competent climbers, as well as being something feared by many. Eyes are now on Dani Arnold, what will he attempt next? If he's trying to compete with Ueli in all round climbing capabilities he has a lot to live up to!

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