News Famous Swiss climber died in climbing accident near Mount Everest
Ueli Steck (41), popularly known as ‘Swiss Machine’ in the mountaineering world, was died in an accident near Camp II on Mt Everest on Sunday morning, multiple sources at the base camp of the world’s highest peak confirmed. A group of six rescuers discovered a body of the multiple-record holder mountaineer near the Nuptse Face of Mt Everest where he could have slipped and fell on the ice-covered slope. Fellow mountaineers had seen him climbing Mt Nuptse alone at around 4:30 am. Steck was in the area acclimatizing ahead of a bid to climb Everest through the less-climbed West Ridge route and traverse to Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest peak – at 8,516 metres (27,940 feet) in May.
“His body has been retrieved and is being brought to Kathmandu,” Mr Sherpa told Nepal Visitors. Kamal Prasad Parajuli, an official with Nepal’s Department of Tourism, confirmed Steck died while climbing Nuptse and that he had planned to attempt an Everest ascent.
He said Steck, who climbed Everest in 2012, “slipped and fell 1,000 metres” in the Western Cwm along the normal route to Everest.The incident took place near the route’s Camp Two, which is located at an altitude of 6,400 metres (21,000 feet), Mr Parajuli said.
A veteran climber of Mount Annapurna in western Nepal, the world’s tenth highest mountain, and several other 8,000 metre peaks, Steck had won several awards for his mountaineering feats. Along with two other European climbers, Steck was involved in a brawl with sherpa guides over fixing ropes in 2013. The altercation, which forced the climbers off the mountain, drew international headlines.
Last year, Steck and a German climber discovered the bodies of two famed American climbers, Alex Lowe and David Bridges, who were swept away in 1999 by an avalanche during their attempt to scale the world’s 14th highest peak, Shishapangma. Hundreds of climbers gather at Everest base camp during the March-May climbing season as they prepare to climb the 8,850 metre (29,035 feet) Everest summit.
Note: An experienced Swiss climber died after he fell in the Everest Region of Nepal during preparations to climb the world’s highest mountain. Some of the media released the word “killed” under the title but it’s not killed. It’s a “died“.
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