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Update: Sadly, the number of fatalities has increased to four. This story has been picked up by the mainstream media- a more detailed report can be found at CNN.com.
Planetmountain has reported that tragedy struck this past Saturday on Mt. Everest, as three climbers have lost their lives on the South Face. A sudden storm hit the mountain on Saturday afternoon, although exhaustion and altitude sickness are also cited as factors in some of the deaths. An additional two climbers remain missing, while others including 6 suffering from frostbite were evacuated by helicopter. Italian mountaineer Simone Moro is credited with assisting the helicopter evacuations from Camp 2.
The day prior (May 18), Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck and Sherpa Tenzing reached the summit of Mt. Everest. The summit is Steck’s first, following an unsuccessful attempt in 2010 in which he was forced to retreat due to frostbitten feet.
You can read the entire story on Planetmountain.
Ueli Steck is one of the best-known mountaineers of our time, made famous by his many achievements, including first ascents in the Himalaya and most notably his record-shattering speed ascent of the north face of Switzerland’s Eiger in 2008. (The excellent film The Swiss Machine chronicles Steck’s quest for the Eiger record; a trailer for the film can be seen here.) In this video, he explains his plans for future climbs, and climbs some breathtaking overhanging mixed terrain.
From 5-8pm PST on Thursday March 22nd, there will be a free screening of three movies by Sender Films on Outside Online. The films being shown are Swiss Machine featuring Ueli Steck, Alone on the Wall featuring Alex Honnold, and Fly or Die featuring Dean Potter. Click here to link to the site where the films will be shown.
In Swiss Machine, speed alpinist Ueli Steck is filmed during his record- and groundbreaking speed ascent of the Eiger. This film was featured on the Reel Rock 2010 film tour; we have the complete DVD available in our stores. Click here for the trailer.
Alone on the Wall chronicles Alex Honnold’s attempt to free solo 2,000 feet up Yosemite’s Half Dome- this one will make your palms sweat!
Finally, Fly or Die features Dean Potter demonstrating his fusion of BASE jumping with free soloing.
Alone on the Wall and Fly or Die are both on the First Ascent Series box set, which is also available in our stores.
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