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Swiss Machine Ueli Steck Dies In Tragic Climbing Accident Near Mount Everest

Himalayas – On Sunday, April 30, 2017 Ueli Steck, 40, fell to his death while climbing near Mount Everest. Steck fell more than 3,000′ and ended up in a crevasse around 6,600′ on Nuptse. The cause of the fall is unknown because Steck was climbing alone at the time..

According to OutsideOnline.com, Steck was “attempting to summit Everest via the West Ridge before traversing the South Col to Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain. If successful, he would have been the first to climb this route.

Steck, aka the Swiss Machine, won the Piolet D’or in both 2009 and 2014. In 2016 he and David Gottler discovered the remains of Alex Lowe. He also set numerous speed records. The climbing community will miss Ueli Steck.

We will try to update this post when more information is available:

UPDATE 5/6:

  • On May 4, 2017, Ueli Steck was cremated at a monastery in Nepal.

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