Renowned climber Ueli Steck dies near Mount Everest

Mountaineer known as Swiss Machine had been initiatives to ascend Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse next month

The renowned mountaineer Ueli Steck, known for his rapid ascendings of the Alps which gave him the name the Swiss Machine, has died in an accident in Nepal near Mount Everest.

Steck, who was 40 and one of “the worlds largest” celebrated climbers of his generation, was killed on Sunday after descending to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller meridian in the field, according to Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks company that had organised the expedition.

Sherpa told Reuters that Stecks body had been recovered and was being taken to Kathmandu.

Kamal Prasad Parajuli, an official with Nepals department of tourism, established Steck had died while climbing Nuptse and that he had proposed an ascending of Everest.

Everest delineate

Parajuli mentioned Steck, who clambered Everest in 2012, had declined and descended 1,000 metres( 3,300 hoofs) in the Western Cwm along the normal roadway to Everest.

In a statement, the climbers pedigree said the circumstances surrounding his death was currently unsure. The kinfolk is infinitely heartbreaking and asks that the media be prohibited from conjecturing about his death out of respect for Ueli, “theyre saying”. As soon as reliable information becomes available, the national media will be informed.

His death induced eulogies from the climbing community. The Catalan mountaineer Ferran Latorre said he and two others had been clambering Everest when Steck died.

Yesterday “were in” having lunch together, he wrote on Twitter, including: We still have no messages to excuse which is something we feel. And I guess the authorities concerned will never.

The mountaineer and blogger Alan Arnette did: I cant express what a loss this is to the mountaineering community. Ueli loved Nepal, Everest and the Himalayas.

The British Mountaineering Council tweeted: RIP Ueli Steck: famous mountaineer and all-round great guy.

The writer and climber Ed Douglas also said Stecks nickname had failed to captivate the essence of the three men. One happening Ueli Steck wasnt and thats a machine, he tweeted. Warm and now and then astonishingly unstable. But not a machine.

Steck was the first fatality in the spring mountaineering season in Nepal which started in March and will end in May. Hundreds of foreign climbers are on the mountains to attempt to scale Himalayan peaks in May when there are a few windows of favourable weather.

He was best known for his speed-climbing, including determining various accounts for ascending the north appearance of the Eiger, a classic mountaineering flower in the Bernese Alps that he climbed in two hours and 47 times without applying a rope.

In 2013, he achieved the first solo clamber of the south look of Annapurna in Nepal after almost croaking in a fall there in 2007. For that he received the Piolet dOr, considered the Oscar of mountaineering, the following year.

The The last-place lighter of the day lists on Mount Everest as it rises behind Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalayas Khumbu region, Nepal. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/ AP

In 2015, Steck decided to clamber all 82 flowers in the Alps higher than 4,000 m, advancing between mountains by paw, motorcycle and paraglider simply. He ended the feat in 62 epoches, helping cement his reputation.

Steck formerly told you he considered himself an intruder on the mountaineering background because athletic achievement was more important to him than adventure.

In a recent post on his website, he reflected on the transience of success in mountaineering and the inevitable wane that comes with age. A evidence is smash time and time again, and the world retains on turning, he wrote. You are getting older and there reaches a epoch when you have to adjust your projects to your age.

He suffered a setback during his last-place expedition to Everest, in 2013, when he became involved in a violent altercation with groupings of local steers. On his yield this year, he aimed to perform a quick clamber of Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse, including an overnight stop at more than 8,000 m, an altitude known as the fatality region because the human bodys recital is reduced to 20% of its normal rate.

Speaking to the Swiss daily Tages-Anzeiger last month about his excursion, he spoke: When Im on Everest I can stop at any point. The probability is therefore quite small. For me its chiefly a physical assignment. Either I get through, or I dont have the fortitude for the whole traversal.

Asked about how he quantified success, Steck told the paper: Of direction I want to climb Everest and Lhotse. But thats a very high point. Default for me would be to die and not come home.

This article was enhanced on 1 May 2017 to redres the names of the British Mountaineering Council.

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