The 5 Most Badass Things Done While Conquering A Mountain
Ernest Hemingway once said, "There are only three sports: Bull fighting, motor racing and mountaineering; the rest are merely games." The point being, Hemingway only thought it qualified as a sport if there was a good chance the sport would murder you at some point. If so, then mountaineering stands above the rest, as the most famous peaks are also those littered with the most bodies. So why do people keep doing it? Because it affords opportunities for inhuman displays of badassery.
Who Needs Rope? Not This Guy
File this under "Stupid But Bad-Ass". Ueli Steck scaled a 4,000-ft high rock face on Mont Blanc, Europe's tallest peak, without the aid of ropes or a harness. The only equipment he used was a pair of pickaxes and crampons, the metal spikes climbers attach to their shoes.