7 months ago
The mountaineering world has lost one of its greatest climbers in 40-year-old Ueli Steck. Per the New York Times, the climber was killed during at accident at a camp about a mile away from Mount Everest.
Steck, nicknamed “The Swedish Machine” because of his otherworldly speed-climbing abilities, was attempting to scale the 25,791-foot Nuptse peak, prior to tackling Everest itself.
Per Steck’s website, what exactly killed the climber is still unknown, but his “family is infinitely sad.”
In a video Steck posted to YouTube just last month, he discusses at length what he was planning on accomplishing, a never-before-done “linkup” of climbs, which included tackling a route that hadn’t been attempted since 1963. Watch Steck in his own words below.