Swiss climber Ueli Steck has been killed preparing to climb Mount Everest in Nepal.
Known as the “Swiss Machine” by the mountaineering community, the 40-year-old died in an accident while acclimatising for an attempt on Everest without oxygen by a new route.
A true inspiration to all. A man that showed us all what was possible in the mountains and beyond. RIP my friend….. pic.twitter.com/MxxUo8idSy— Kenton Cool (@KentonCool) April 30, 2017
He had won multiple awards and was known for his rapid ascents.
His body was recovered from the base of Mount Nupste, which shares a common ridge with Everest, after he was spotted by fellow climbers.