Monday, 1 May 2017

Famed Swiss climber Ueli Steck dies in Everest training accident

A famed climber has fallen 1,000 metres to his death while training to scale Mount Everest .

Experienced Swiss climber Ueli Steck died on Sunday after he fell in the Everest region of Nepal during preparations to climb the world's highest mountain.

The 40-year-old is the first to die in the current climbing season, officials said.

Steck died after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller peak in the area, according to Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summits Treks company that organised the expedition.

Steck was in the area acclimatising ahead of a bid to climb Everest through the less-climbed West Ridge route and traverse to Lhotse, the world's fourth highest peak - at 8,516 metres (27,940 feet) in May.

"His body has been retrieved and is being broughtbrought helicopter to Kathmandu," Sherpa told Reuters. 

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