Saturday, April 11, 2009
Gutan Tag Weekend Warriors,
This weekend I decided to pay tribute to that famous, iconic European peak...The Eiger. Climbing and mountaineering has its roots in the Alps and those wild Europeans are constantly looking for new ways to experience the mountains. No longer satisfied with just climbing the Eiger these thrill-seekers and hard-core adventurers run up, ski/parachute down, or simply fly around this incredible peak.
We'll start this video line-up with world-class climber Ueli Steck literally running up the North Face of the Eiger. Watch him set the speed record, climbing the face in 2 hrs 47 min and 33 sec. Sorry for the camera ad at the end of this one. Simply incredible footage though...
The second video is one of my personal favorites. It features one of the most extreme sports I have seen, speed-riding. Watch as this guy "skis" down the North Face with an adapted parachute that lets him fly over hazards and off of cliffs. And to think, I'm still stuck on the bunny hill...
The final video features yet another extreme sport that is on my list to learn, wing-suit skydiving. This video has some very intimate footage of the Eiger as these athletes fly down the mountain.
Posted by American Alpine Institute at 6:00 AM