Legendary Speed Climber Ueli Steck to Thrill Audiences on December Speaking Tour


Richmond, Calif.Mountain Hardwear, is proud to present a speaking tour featuring legendary speed climber and Mountain Hardwear athlete, Ueli Steck. Steck will share stunning photos and accounts from his record-setting climbs of some of the world’s highest peaks with audiences across the country.

Ueli Steck is best known for his solo speed climbs of the infamous Eiger Nordwand, the Matterhorn, and more recently, the south face of Annapurna. These days, Ueli is most focused on the high peaks of the Himalaya. In 2009, he reached the summits of two 8,000 meter peaks.

With proceeds benefiting the American Alpine Club, the highly acclaimed “Swiss Machine” will present an interactive slideshow with stunning visuals featuring his accounts of climbing the world’s largest mountains, setting speed records without oxygen, training in the Swiss Alps and helping Mountain Hardwear fabricate better clothing systems for all his pursuits.

“We’re thrilled to have a part in introducing Ueli to so many outdoor enthusiasts through this speaking tour,” said Chris Harges, Mountain Hardwear’s global marketing director. “He’s been inspiring us at Mountain Hardwear to create products for game-changing athletes. I’m certain he’ll inspire each person he meets on his tour.”

Tour Dates:
December 5, National Geographic Society, Washington DC
December 6, Harvard University, Boston, MA
December 7, Symphony Space, New York City, NY
December 8, Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO (details forthcoming)
December 9, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
December 14, University of Portland, Portland, OR
December 16, Yoshi's, San Francisco, CA
December 17, Mountain Hardwear HQ, Richmond, CA

About Mountain Hardwear:

Mountain Hardwear is a leader in innovative, premium outdoor apparel, equipment and accessories. We celebrate bold ideas, the drive to challenge the edges of our potential, and the joy, friendships and personal growth that come from that endeavor. We work with era-defining athletes to develop lightweight, easy-to-use and incredibly well-crafted outdoor clothing and equipment. Mountain Hardwear, Inc., founded in 1993 and based in Richmond, CA, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company and distributes its products through specialty outdoor, running, and sporting goods retailers in the United States and 58 countries worldwide. www.mountainhardwear.com

About the American Alpine Club:

The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose vision is a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. Together with our members, the AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, the American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants that fund adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.

For more information contact JAM Media Collective Julie Atherton at 415.839.7546 or julie@jamcollective.net