Ueli Steck, the Swiss climber known for his speed attempts and several notable first ascents, died on Sunday, April 30 while climbing in Nepal. He was 41 and died in a fall near Everest, according to Reuters. Steck was in the area preparing a new route: he would ascend to the summit of Everest via the West Ridge, then proceed across the South Col to 27,940-foot Lhotse.
Every year it saddens me when accidents (either by natural disasters or by people) occur on Chomolungma. An incredibly tragic death, that always reminds me of my time there and that every moment is precious.