The Spaghetti Tour owes its name to the Italian huts that offer alpinists along the route lodging and meals. To stop in for a bite to eat, however, was not on the schedule for Andy Steindl and Martin Anthamatten on July 12, 2022. 18 four-thousanders in 9 hours was the time both friends set as their limit to undercut the record time of French alpinist Benjamin Védrines.
The starting gun for their record attempt went off on July 12 at 3 a.m.: From the Monte Rosa Hut (2,882 meters), Andy and Martin started the tour with the first summit – the Nordend (4,608 meters). The unfavorable weather and snow conditions, however, soon proved to be their biggest challenge on the way to the record. Very little snow, icy passages, and very high daytime temperatures demanded everything the two athletes had.
In the end, Andy and Martin reached the finish – the Little Matterhorn in Zermatt (3,817 meters) – after 9 hours and 28 minutes. That meant they missed Védrines’ record by a mere 10 minutes.
After being first disappointed, Andy was able to not just see it as a failed record attempt but more of an outstanding performance and a unique adventure that he was able to experience with a good friend: