Anniversary of Ueli Steck’s death

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Ueli Steck. Photo: Jon Griffith.

Exactly one year ago today, Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck died on Nuptse. He was widely regarded as the finest alpinist of his generation, and climbers around the globe are remembering his legacy and humble personality.

Today, Jon Griffith headed down to Lobuche with Ueli Steck’s two brothers to install a plaque on Steck’s stupa (Buddhist memorial). Griffith is currently on Everest with another of Steck’s former climbing partners, Sherpa Tenji. The pair are aiming to complete an Everest-Lhotse traverse in memory of their friend.

Memorial plaque for Ueli Steck, Lobuche. Photo: Jon Griffith

Ueli Steck’s stupa, Lobuche. Photo: Jon Griffith

Trek and Mountain have published an excellent article chronicling Steck’s life. In addition, Griffith penned a touching eulogy last year that can be found here.

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About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

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