Swiss climber Ueli Steck, one of the most feted mountaineers of his generation and famed for his speed ascents of iconic Alpine routes, died on Mount Everest on Sunday. It is thought that the ‘Swiss Machine’ slipped during training for another record attempt. He was planning to chart a rarely climbed route to summit both Everest and Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain. This was to be done without the use of supplemental oxygen. Steck was due to summit Everest via the West Ridge - a route that has recorded more fatalities than summits - before climbing Lhotse.
He skidded off about 1,000 metres from (Mt Nuptse) camp two early morning on Sunday. Other climbers ascending Everest saw him and asked for his rescue.