Swiss climber Ueli Steck and Italian climber Simone Moro recently began their NO2 “No Limits” expedition with the goal of taking a new route to the summit of Mount Everest. The two men are currently at Camp 2, according to Moro’s blog, and will soon choose their line to the top based on the conditions of the mountains and their mental and physical fortitude after acclimatization.
With so many miscellaneous factors and extreme conditions, how do you prepare for a climb like this? In the video above, Steck talks about his training regimen.
“It’s a serious game, so you have to prepare yourself,” he said. “You cannot go there and not be fit. There’s not much oxygen in the air.”
Steck lives and trains in Switzerland, where he has access to high alpine peaks such as the Eiger. To prepare, he does work both outside and in the gym.
“For us, as alpinists, mountain running is the best way,” he said. Steck runs up and down the mountains six days a week, lifts weights three days a week and climbs three days a week.
As for psychological preparation, Steck’s abilities stem from his passion.
“The mental strength comes if you do what you like to do,” he said. “You just have to look for the right project.”