Legendary Mountain Climber, Ueli Steck, Died Near Everest On Sunday

Claire Weiss |


Ueli Steck, a famous Swiss rock climber and mountaineer died Sunday in an accident near Mount Everest.

All climbers and mountaineering communities will remember Ueli. He was not only a talented mountaineer, he was a legendary person, who has set several climbing speed records. He summited Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and summited all Alpine peaks higher than 4000 m in just 61 days. He was known as “Swiss machine” for his Alpine crossing 82 summits in 2015. He also published few books.


  • 2005 solo ascension of the north wall Cholatse (6440m) and the east wall of Tawoche (6505)m
  • 2007 Eiger Speed ascent in 3 hours 54 minutes
  • 2008 New Eiger Speed record in 2 hours 47 minutes
  • 2008 Speed record Grandes Jorasses in 2 hours 21 minutes
  • 2009 Speed record Matterhorn 1 hour 56 minutes
  • 2009 award „Piolets d’Or“
  • 2009 „Golden Gate“ Route at El Capitain/USA
  • 2009 Ascension of Gasherbrum II (8035m) in Karakorum  mountain range of Pakistan
  • 2009 Expedition to Makalu/Nepal
  • 2010 Free Rider El Capitain/USA
  • 2011 Sisha Pangma south wall
  • 2011 Cho Oyu
  • 2012 Mount Everest
  • 2013 Annapurna
  • 2014 Piolet d’Or
  • 2015 Alpine crossing 82 summits

— www.uelisteck.ch

This April he was working on Everest Lhotse project. He was supposed to summit West Ridge/Hornbein Couloir route, then descend to the South Col and climb Lhotse.

Everest Lhotse traverse. Image credit: www.alanarnette.com

Unfortunately, he didn’t finish his project…

“When I’m in the mountains, I’m where I want to be. That’s where I feel happy and content. I feel free and can do what I want,” stated Ueli Steck.

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