Tragic news from Himalaya, the first death of the season on Mt Everest, Ueli Steck (October 4, 1976 – April 30, 2017), was killed near Camp II on Mt Everest. This happened on Sunday morning.
His body was discovered near the Nuptse Face of Mt Everest. It is assumed that he had slipped on the ice-covered slope. He was last seen alive at around 4:30 am, climbing Mt Nuptse solo.
Steck was preparing to climb Mt Everest by never repeated West Ridge/Hornbein Couloir route. Their plan was to descend to the South Col and then to climb Lhotse. You can see him talking about this plan in the video below. Unfortunately, this is not going to happen.
Steck won two Piolet d’Or awards in 2009 and 2014. Did you hear about his famous speed records on the North Face trilogy in the Alps? Here is what he did:
- Eiger north face – 2:47:33.
- Matterhorn north face – 1:56:40.
- Grandes Jorasses – 2:21:26.
Yes, you are reading correctly, each of them in just a couple of hours. He set new alpinism benchmarks. In 2015, he did 82 summits in the Alps, all above 4000 meters, in 62 days.
Unfortunately, there will be no more records from him, no pushing limits of human achievements. Rest in peace, Ueli Steck.