#UeliTour: Photo Recap of an Evening with The Swiss Machine

Event Photography with Ueli Steck

As a part of the Ueli Tour, presented by the American Alpine Club and Alpina Watches, the legendary Ueli Steck spent the evening of September 10th in Portland with a crowd of about 200 local climbers. Before the main event, a small group of people rallied at the Lucky Labrador Tap Room to meet and drink with The Swiss Machine. From there he headed to the University of Portland to present a slide show and share his experiences on his 82 Summits Challenge and other important climbs. The event was almost two hours of intense video, slideshow, Q&A, and some awesome swag raffles.

I was the volunteer event photographer with the AAC and had a blast meeting and spending the evening with one of my biggest climbing inspirations.

Here are few photos from the evening. To see more, check out the full photo album from the UeliTour.




Is 8 am an Alpine Start?


My new Shadow 40 pack by The North Face stuffed and ready for the overnight climb.
Beautiful views of Mt Adams while approaching on the South Climb Trail.
Jared “Sinfire” Arzaga
Water break. Be sure to purify your water here. There are a ton of mountain goats and climbers roaming these rocks, so…
Looking up the snow field. The South Spur route climbs up the ridge on the left and then at the top up there cuts across to the right to Lunch Counter.
Alaina doing a little preventative maintenance on a hotspot.
View of Piker’s Peak and Lunch Counter from the ridge on the way up.
Jared looking like a total badass.
Climbing on nice firm snow late in August. Nice break from the dirt and rocks earlier in the day.
Lunch Counter celebration beers!
Watching the clouds roll by as we relax and wait for the sun to set.
Taking in the beautiful views of Mt Hood.
Day 2. Walking across Piker’s Peak and getting our first view of the summit. Still so far!
Alaina and Jared crossing Piker’s Peak. We were feeling a little pressure to pick up the pace because the big storm clouds (not pictured) that we had been warned about were beginning to roll in.
Jared pushing hard through the thin air up the final several hundred feet to the summit.
Summit! This shack is an old sulfur mine. You would have to be crazy to run a mining operation on the top of this mountain in the late 1800s.
The top.