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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