|Photo: AAC member Sam Spaeth|
The AAC partnered with Alpina Watches to bring the legendary speed climber to NYC where he started his North American speaking tour. Ueli is best known for his record shattering speed ascent of the Eiger and in 2014 he received the Piolet d'Or for climbing Annapurna’s South Face in just 28 hours. During the talk Ueli recounted how post Annapurna and approaching his 40th birthday he wanted to take a step back and find a challenge on a project which was not about going harder or faster. He wanted to do something at home in the Alps and the 82 peak challenge was something that few had succeeded on. See Forbes contributor Jim Clash's great coverage of the event and interview with Ueli for more details.
The evening drew a good crowd as Great Range Fellows, volunteers and AAC staff enjoyed pre-event cocktails and snacks at Bar Thalia. Member Mark Aiston walked away with the raffle grand-prize of a new Alpina smart watch. The tour continues over the next few weeks check out the schedule for more info.