Outdoors Magazine

Conrad Anker Shares Thoughts on Ueli Steck's Final Climb

Posted on the 12 June 2017 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Conrad Anker Shares Thoughts on Ueli Steck's Final Climb As successful as the 2017 climbing season in the Himalaya was, there will always be a dark cloud that hangs over the proceeding there. That's because on April 30, the mountaineering community lost one of its most well known and accomplished members when Swiss climber Ueli Steck fell to his death while training on Nuptse. To say that Steck was a pioneer in the world of alpinism would be an understatement. He changed the game in a lot of ways when it came to conditioning, training, and moving fast and light in the mountains. He showed us that there were unique, new ways to do things on big peaks and he continuously opened our minds to what was possible.
Now, a month and a half after his death, many of us are still wondering what happened to him as he climbed alone in the Himalaya that day. To help us sort it all out, another esteemed and accomplished mountaineer has penned a story for Men's Journal. The article is written by Conrad Anker and it looks to provide readers not only with insights into Ueli as a person, but the expedition he was hoping to complete this year as well.
It is important to note that Nuptse was simply a training mountain for Ueli. He was there to work on his acclimatization prior to launching what would be his real challenge. The plan was for Steck to summit Everest along the West Ridge, an incredibly difficult route that was first completed back in 1963 and has never been done again since. After reaching the top of Everest, Ueli would have traversed a narrow ridge over to Lhotse, topping out on that peak as well, all without coming down from altitude. It would have been an incredibly bold, daring, and dangerous project, which unfortunately we'll never know how it would have turned out.
In the article, Anker shares stories of when he and Ueli crossed paths over the years, finding themselves on the same mountains from time to time. He also lays out Steck's impressive climbing resume, putting those efforts into better perspective for us mere mortals. The story is one of both life and death, and is part of the grieving process that the mountaineering community is still going through. This is one mater climber discussing another, and it is a fascinating story about risk, reward, and the all consuming obsession of exploring the mountains.
Read the entire story here.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Tulip Stairs

    Tulip Stairs

    The first geometric, self-supporting spiral staircase in Britain is in the Queen's House, Greenwich. It is 'geometric' because each step supports the stair... Read more

    The 24 June 2017 by   Carolineld
  • Playing Under the Sea at Palau by Jennifer Avventura

    Playing Under Palau Jennifer Avventura

    Last year, I was given a super-duper under water camera, and I’ve had a ton of fun playing under the sea at Palau, Sardinia, Italy. Read more

    The 24 June 2017 by   Jenniferavventura
  • How to Get a Thai Tax ID Without a Work Permit (Digital Nomads)

    Thai Without Work Permit (Digital Nomads)

    In this article, I am going to show you how to get your very own Thai tax ID to pay taxes in Thailand without having a work permit. I'll also explain in this... Read more

    The 24 June 2017 by   Harvie
  • Full Length Swimsuits Are This Summer Trends

    Full Length Swimsuits This Summer Trends

    This summer, the silhouette does not matter so much! Swimsuits in trends are so varied, from cuts and materials to prints, that choosing the most suitable... Read more

    The 24 June 2017 by   Poundtravel
  • Gremlin (2017)

    Gremlin (2017)

    Director: Ryan Bellgardt Writer: Ryan Bellgardt, Josh McKamie, Andy Swanson (Screenplay) Starring: Adam Hampton, Kristy K Boone, Catcher Stair, Katie Burgess,... Read more

    The 24 June 2017 by   Newguy
  • Bandcamp Bonanza – Strummed By Solstice

    Bandcamp Bonanza Strummed Solstice

    What a great week at camp we had. Just as Summer solstice slams us with record heat, the camp treasure chest opens its casket to uncover a rare combination of... Read more

    The 24 June 2017 by   Ripplemusic
  • Carpe Carmina Celebrates VIII (feat. Yarbo)

    Carpe Carmina Celebrates VIII (feat. Yarbo)

    Let's not shed a tear for today's the antepenultimate artistic contribution carpe carmina celebrates can present to you, on the contrary let's seize the moment... Read more

    The 24 June 2017 by   Vanessa Holthausen