Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck to be buried in Nepal
Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck, who fell to his death on Sunday during preparations for summiting Everest, will be buried in Nepal, his spokesman has said.
Steck’s family will travel to the country in the coming days for a traditional Buddhist ceremony, Andreas Bantel told Swiss media, with a memorial to be held in Switzerland at a later date.
Today while Yannick, Hans and me were climbing to C3, Ueli Steck died at the Nuptse. Yesterday we were having lunch together in C2. Too sad.— Ferran Latorre (@ferranlatorre) April 30, 2017
A true inspiration to all. A man that showed us all what was possible in the mountains and beyond. RIP my friend..... pic.twitter.com/MxxUo8idSy— Kenton Cool (@KentonCool) April 30, 2017
Veteran British climber Sir Chris Bonnington told the BBC Steck was a “gold medallist” of climbing, while US mountaineer Alan Arnette paid tribute to his "generous spirit".
Thank you Ueli for showing us what could be done, to live bravely & give back with your generous spirit. You'll be missed #Uelisteck— Alan Arnette (@alan_arnette) April 30, 2017