On Sunday April 30th world famous Swiss climber and mountaineer Ueli Steck (decent runner as well) died in the Himalayan while on a acclimatization tour to Nuptse, a peak near Mount Everest. The local news site Himalayan Times first published the sad news to the public.
‘Swiss Machine’ Ueli Steck killed in Mt Everest accident – https://t.co/vvRUXsRZl2
— The Himalayan Times (@thehimalayan) 30. April 2017
The Swiss Machine was on a training route close to Mount Nuptse to prepare for his attempt to climb Everest and then traverse over to Lhotse. This has never been done before and would have been another amazing feat in Steck’s career.
The Swiss born mountain lover started climbing when he was 12 years old and climbed the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss alps when he was just 18. He has some of his biggest achievements of his career in the Himalayan mountain range where he climbed Everest without oxygen as well as the south face of Annapurna solo.
In 2015 Steck climbed every 82 peak above 4’000m in the Alps in just 61 days. He covered 1770km as well as more than 100’000m of elevation gain.
Ueli Steck was also an ambassador for the Eiger Ultra Trail Race in the Swiss Alps.
RIP Ueli Steck