Kathmandu (AFP) – Swiss climber Ueli Steck, famed for pioneering new mountaineering routes and setting speed records, was found dead on Mount Everest on Sunday morning, officials said.
“Today morning, he had an accident on the Nuptse wall and died. It seems he slipped,” Ang Tsering Sherpa, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.
Steck, 40, was on Everest to acclimatise before attempting to summit the world’s tallest peak in May, using a never before climbed route.
<figure><figcaption>Swiss climber Ueli Steck in 2015, in southeastern France <span>Copyright AFP/File JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT</span> </figcaption></figure>