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 The outdoor world mourns Ueli Steck
Outdoor | 03.05.2017

Göttler, Glowacz, Siegrist, and Papert mourn the Climbing Legend

Reactions to his tragic death: "Ueli Steck made the impossible possible"

The outdoor world mourns Ueli Steck. Ueli Steck died while on an exploratory tour. (Quelle: Uelisteck.ch, Damiano Levati)
Ueli Steck was 40 years old at the time of his death. Source: Uelisteck.ch, Damiano Levati
Bild: Uelisteck.ch, Damiano Levati
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There has been a great outpouring of sympathy and condolences for Ueli Steck and his family from the Alpine sports community. The extreme mountaineer had been on an exploratory tour of the area around Mount Everest when he died on April 30. Only a few hours after the 40-year-old Swiss mountaineer's death was announced, Facebook and Twitter were overwhelmed with posts reacting to the news. Many of Steck's prominent mountaineering colleagues also paid their respects to the record-breaking Alpine mountaineer. 

David Göttler and Stefan Glowacz mourn Steck

According to current information, Steck lost his footing on a slope while exploring the Nuptse Wall. German mountaineer David Göttler had accompanied Steck on many trips in the past few years, including climbs in the area in which the Swiss mountaineer died.


Göttler expressed his condolences through an emotional message on Facebook alongside a photo of Steck while lead climbing. 

Yesterday I got the news that I lost a good friend. A friend with whom I was in this very same place a year ago, with...

Posted by David Göttler on Montag, 1. Mai 2017


Unlike Steck, who specialized in high altitude mountaineering, Stefan Glowacz focuses on climbing. Nevertheless, Glowacz was an avid follower of the speed specialist's activities.  

Die Nachricht von Ueli Stecks Tod erreichte mich beim Lowa Salesmeeting in Portugal. Wenige Stunden zuvor unterhielt ich...

Posted by Stefan Glowacz on Montag, 1. Mai 2017


Ueli Steck was an inspiration for Stephan Siegrist and Ines Papert

Compatriot Stephan Siegrist is a mountaineer and climber and has been the first to ascend mountains on all seven continents. He knew Steck from their youth.

I am not one for many words… and even less when it comes to harsh realities that life confronts us with. I am deeply...

Posted by Stephan Siegrist on Sonntag, 30. April 2017


Alpine mountaineer Ines Papert feels right at home in this world of ice and rock faces. She too has been greatly affected by Ueli Steck's death:

The prayer mills continue to rotate for you, Ueli. Your loss makes me very sad. The Community will miss you and your...

Posted by Ines Papert on Montag, 1. Mai 2017


Steck's death shocks the outdoor industry

Steck's sponsors simply cannot believe the loss of such a significant member of the mountaineering community. Watch manufacturer Suunto pays its respects to such a great source of inspiration.

We are in a state of shock and disbelief after this morning's news from Everest on the passing of our long-time friend...

Posted by Suunto on Sonntag, 30. April 2017



In a guest contribution for ISPO.com, Bernd Kullmann, former top-class Alpine mountaineer and CEO of Deuter, shared his thoughts on the death of the extreme mountaineer. Companies other than the Steck's outfitters, such as Mammut, also expressed their condolences and sympathy through various messages.

We are very sad to hear about the tragic news of Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck. What a huge loss to the mountaineering community. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Posted by Mammut on Sonntag, 30. April 2017


Ueli Steck died at the age of 40. The respects mountaineering colleagues paid following his death demonstrate just how much of a legend he had become in his lifetime.

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 (Quelle: CK)
Article by Claudia Klingelhöfer, author
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