Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck finished his 82 Summits project—ascending all 82 of the 4,000-meter peaks in the Alps, in 61 days—Rock and Ice reported Wednesday. Steck, who holds the speed record for climbing the north side of the Matterhorn, relied entirely on human-powered transportation, including hiking, cycling, paragliding, and skiing, to complete his project.
Steck shared the news of his completed project on Thursday, shortly after 1 a.m. MDT, via Facebook:
Early in the trip, German mountaineer Michi Wohlleben withdrew from the project after injuring his leg while landing a paraglider off Schreckhorn, the fourth summit in their series. On July 22, Martijn Seuren, a Dutch member of Steck’s expedition team, died after falling 950 feet into a crevasse near the border of France and Italy.
Steck finished one day short of breaking the speed record for the 82 peaks, set in 2008 by Italians Franco Nicolini and Diego Giovannini, according to Rock and Ice.