Breaking News | Ueli Steck SUMMITs Annapurna from South Face

"Summit, alone, South Face"

These are words reportedly sent by Ueli Steck from Annapurna South Face Base Camp, yesterday night, but the tiny message is good enough to communicate the BIG news. Ueli Steck has made it to the top of Annapurna via South Face. No further information is available about route and summit attempt. Ueli was also accompanied on this expedition by Canadian-born alpinist, Don Bowie.
   
Ueli Steck, often nicked Swiss Machine, has a particular relationship with Annapurna. It was his third attempt on South Face of the mountain. In 2007, his solo attempt was thwarted by a falling stone hitting him in the head. His 2008 endeavour is best remembered for the heroic rescue efforts, trying to save the lives of Romanian Horia Colibasanu and Spaniard Inaki Ochoa. Unfortunately, Inaki died in C4 by Ueli’s side, around 24 hours after the latter reached him.

Don Bowie and Ueli Steck have been good friends since past many years. Together, they attempted Shishapangma, Cho Oyu and Everest in 2011, but haven’t been together on any major expedition since then. This autumn, they reached Kathmandu on September 16th, and have been out of communication since then. The sole message from Ueli Steck arrived on September 27th, when he was back to BC from 6000m.

While no further details are available about the expedition yet, the summit report will surely be an interesting read. The success of Ueli Steck is further signified by the fact that just around four months ago, he was devastated by the series of unfortunate incidents on Lhotse Face and Everest C2.

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Ueli Steck on Annapurna South Face in 2007; Source

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