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Ueli Steck: Forever in the Mountains

Ueli Steck: Forever in the Mountains

We learned about Ueli’ Steck’s death on Sunday April 30th as he was training to establish a new record in the Himalaya mountains. The Swissman fell as he acclimatizing on Nuptse, a peak close to Everest.

Without arrogance nor presumption, Ueli Steck has at home amongst the world’s highest peaks. For years he defied gravity on mountain tops. Seldom with a partner, he explored the vast kingdom high above the world without knowing exactly what he was looking, but with complete freedom. By his style and personality he brought a new level to the sport of climbing.

The loss of the mountain climber that, who was honored twice with the mountaineering highest award the “Piolet d’Or” in 2009 and 2014, deeply saddened us at Julbo. We salute his outstanding performances but mostly the boundless inspiration he gave us. Was part of the Julbo family and we completely distort.

Ueli joined our Julbo family in 2010. Working with and for him had been a privilege for us because he helped us improve the standard for mountaineering sunglasses. He was meticulous, calculated, rigorous, exact about his gear but also about himself. The strongest advocate of “fast and light” climbing style, helped us manufacture “glacier glasses” for modern alpinism.

Ueli Steck was the best mountaineer in the world; the media nicknamed him “the Swiss Machine”. At Julbo we will remember the man: his determination, his temper and his charisma. Humbleness and fellowship were what sustained all of our discussions. We are proud that he placed his trust in us.

Always higher, always faster, he kept looking for progression. Well aware of the mountain dangers, he who promised his wife to stop the dangerous solo climbs, knew he touched more than once the thin limit between safety and performance.

According to Ueli, solo climbing sounds like an addiction fed by linking precise moves which make you feel in control of yourself to the point of believing that you are stronger than death. But men like Ueli accept this pledge that set them free and allows them to taste the happiness of being alone in the mountains, facing themselves. Ueli died as he was training to break a new record, an unprecedented Everest (8848m) – Lhoste (8511m) route, without oxygen in alpine style. He, according to the local press, slipped on ice and had a fatal fall on the Nuptse.

Ueli’s climb stops here but his story goes on. His legacy will continue to inspire climbers for generations to come.


Have a nice trip where you are and thank you for sharing the path with us.


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