As some of you may have heard, Ueli Steck, one of the world’s greatest climbers, was killed in a fall on Nuptse this morning.
He was a genuine inspiration to me, not just for climbing but for life in general. A man who showed us that the impossible can be possible. Just a few weeks ago I watched him climb the west shoulder of Everest, disappearing into the clouds as we looked on from Camp 2. It was a privilege.
One of his most famous feats was climbing the infamous North Face of the Eiger, a technical, dangerous and challenging climb which takes good climbers several days. It took him just 2 hour 47 minutes. It’s worth looking on YouTube for a clip; also detailed in a film called ‘The Swiss machine’. There has hardly been a run or climb I’ve done in the last few years when I didn’t play the audio of that incredible feat, and I hope to play it once again if I reach the summit, a small tribute to someone who has inspired me to be the best I can be.
A sad day.