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UKC News - on 21 May 2012
Ueli Steck on Everest 2012, 4 kb

Deaths and summits on the world's highest peak - and it's not over yet

Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck recently took advantage of a short weather window to summit Everest without oxygen, but other climbers have lost their lives on the mountain.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67141

Milesy - on 21 May 2012
200 people ascending in that window is just nuts!
mloskot - on 21 May 2012
In reply to Milesy: It's not nuts, it's business.
psychomansam - on 21 May 2012
They're well acquainted bedfellows
Babika - on 22 May 2012
In reply to UKC News:
Wishing a safe return and success on the 6th return to the summit, if the conditions justify, to guide David Hamilton.

Thinking of you, mate.
Damo on 22 May 2012
In reply to UKC News:

I've found it interesting, following many of the reports, that the ONE climber on the mountain who is probably of capable of climbing it all by himself, is the one climber who constantly mentions that he is not alone, that he has a Sherpa with him, Tensing, whom he regularly names, like a partner - not staff to thank in retrospect, whose names show up only in stats tables.

Seems Steck really is a great climber.
Al Evans on 23 May 2012
In reply to mloskot:
> (In reply to Milesy) It's not nuts, it's business.

It's certainly not mountaineering!
rockcat - on 23 May 2012
In reply to Al Evans: A commercial, overcrowded, litter strewn and dangerous circus.
GrahamD - on 23 May 2012
In reply to Damo:

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> Seems Steck really is a great climber.

Was there ever a doubt ?
Damo on 23 May 2012
In reply to GrahamD:
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> Was there ever a doubt ?

Do you know him? I don't. But something like this says something about him as a person, not just someone who is good at going up hills. Plenty of 'great' climbers have been arseholes as people. Right now the web is full of people proclaiming their conquests, conveniently omitting the names, or even presence, of the locals who carried all their stuff.
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In reply to Damo: Seconded. No one can question his climbing ability, but he also comes over as a decent bloke as well which like you say can never be guaranteed with people who excel in a particular field.

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