One of the key athletes involved in SCARPA’s 2010 redesign of its technical mountaineering boot line is Ueli Steck. In fact, Steck was super involved in giving design feedback that helped SCARPA achieve a new sole/midsole design that both increased shock absorption for walking while simultaneously increasing climbing precision – seemingly goals at odds.
If you pay even a little attention to the world of climbing, you probably know this guy gets after it and excels in all realms of the sport – hard rock climbing, alpine terrain at elevation, and just being fast.
Anyway, here’s a video showing Steck’s speed ascent of the north faces of the Eiger, Grandes Jorasses and Matterhorn. And this gives you something of a sense of how comfortable this guy is in big mountain terrain, in order to be able to move this fast.
And did we mention fit? Yeah, he’s fairly fit.