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Breaking News: Ueli Steck reportedly Summits Annapurna from South Face

Posted: Oct 10, 2013 12:48 pm EDT

(By Raheel Adnan)


"Summit, alone, South Face"

Planet Mountain reports that, these are words sent by Ueli Steck from Annapurna South Face Base Camp, yesterday night, but the tiny message is good enough to communicate the BIG news. Ueli Steck has made it to the top of Annapurna via South Face.


No further information is available about route and summit attempt, yet. Ueli was also accompanied on this expedition by Canadian-born alpinist, Don Bowie.

Ueli Steck, often nicked Swiss Machine, has a particular relationship with Annapurna. It was his third attempt on South Face of the mountain. In 2007, his solo attempt was thwarted by a falling stone hitting him in the head. His 2008 endeavour is best remembered for the heroic rescue efforts, trying to save the lives of Romanian Horia Colibasanu and Spaniard Inaki Ochoa. Unfortunately, Inaki died in C4 by Ueli’s side, around 24 hours after the latter reached him.

Don Bowie and Ueli Steck have been good friends since past many years. Together, they attempted Shishapangma, Cho Oyu and Everest in spring 2011, but haven’t been together on any major expedition since then. This autumn, they reached Kathmandu on September 16th, and have been out of communication since then. The sole message from Ueli Steck arrived on September 27th, when he was back to BC after climbing to 6000m.

While no further details are available about the attempt yet, the summit report will surely be an interesting read. The success of Ueli Steck is further signified by the fact that just around four months ago, he was devastated by the series of unfortunate incidents on Lhotse Face and Everest C2.


Based in Lahore, Pakistan, telecom engineer and mountaineering enthusiast Raheel Adnan is a reporter for ExplorersWeb's mountaineering sections. He shares regular updates on Twitter and runs his own blog at AltitudePakistan posting initiated climbing news from Himalaya and Karakoram.




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Ueli Steck climbing Annapurna South Face in 2007. He had to abort the mission after being hit by a stone.