Ueli Steck pictured here with his friend and climbing partner Tenjing Sherpa
Ueli Steck's tragic passing on Mount Everest on 30th April 2017 reminds everyone what a perilous endeavour mountaineering is. Ueli is known as one of the most accomplished climbers of his generation and reknowned for his speed and athleticism. The world has lost a master in the world of alpine mountaineering and a dearly loved friend, partner, son and brother.
Tenjing Sherpa, his close friend and climbing partner, had been in Lukla recovering from frostbite to his fingers and was preparing to rejoin Ueli to complete their latest expedition to climb the route connecting Everest and Lhotse, when the accident occurred. Tenjing had the Classrooms In The Clouds' banner with him to take to the summit of Everest in celebration of the 10 years CITC have worked in the Solukhumbu building classrooms and championing teachers. Tenjing, has summited Everest 3 times and like so many Nepalese mountaineers, works daily in the treacherous world of the icefalls of Everest. Each year Tenjing prepares for the Everest season knowing that his job is to navigate the mountain and face each challenge with selfless courage. Husband of CITC Education Support Worker, Mingma Chhamji Sherpa, Tenjing described Ueli as "my best climbing partner and friend".
On Sunday 30th April, Tenjing accompanied Ueli back to Kathmandu on the saddest journey of all. Our thoughts and prayers reach out to Ueli's family and friends and all those in the mountaineering community who have lost a shining star. Ueli's legacy will live on forever.