By Nicole Chavez
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Swiss climber Ueli Steck was killed Sunday in an accident close to Mount Everest, Nepal’s tourism division stated.
The forty-yr-previous died when he slipped from a slope and fell right into a crevasse at round 6,600 meters on Mount Nuptse, expedition organizers informed CNN.
His physique has been recovered and airlifted to Lukla, the place the closest airport to Mount Everest is situated, Dinesh Bhattarai, of the Nepal Tourism Division stated.
The “Swiss Machine” was acclimatizing himself as he deliberate to ascend eight,850-meter Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse subsequent month, Mingma Sherpa, an official with expedition organizer Seven Summit Treks stated.
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“Fast Day from Basecamp as much as 7,000m and again. I like it is such a terrific place right here. I nonetheless consider in lively aclimatisation. That is far more efficient then spending nights up within the altitude,” Steck wrote on Fb final Wednesday.
Steck was recognized for his velocity and flexibility. He set a number of data, together with ascending the north face of the Eiger within the Bernese Alps in lower than three hours.
He gained the Piolet D’or, mountaineering’s highest honor in 2009 and 2014.
“My deep condolences to all of Ueli’s household, pals and admirers all over the world. This can be a really tragic day in mountaineering,” famed climber Alan Arnette wrote on his web site.
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His demise is the primary casualty of the this yr’s spring mountaineering season in Nepal, which is predicted to contain 365 registered climbers from 39 groups, officers stated.
Final yr, six climbers died on Mount Everest.
In 2016 Steck and fellow mountaineer David Goettler found the frozen stays of world famend climber Alex Lowe, and cameraman David Bridges, on the Tibetan mountain of Shishapangma. The lads have been presumed lifeless after an avalanche struck them in 1999.
In 2013, Steck and two different climbers tried to climb the Everest and close by Mount Lhotse however a struggle broke out between the climbers and a gaggle of Sherpa guides.
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