Ilta-Sanomat is exclusively publishing one of the last interviews of mountaineer Ueli Steck who died tragically last Sunday

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Finnish mountain climbers Karl Haarala and Vadimir Koveshnikov may have documented the very last interview of Ueli Steck just weeks before famous mountaineer lost his life in Himalayas.
Swiss Alpinist Ueli Steck, 40, died in tragic mountaineering accident last Sunday, 30th of April. The incident where the mountaineer lost his life happened in Nuptse mountain in the Nepalese Himalayas.

The experienced climber was supposed to climb later in May on the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. Steck was practising when during a preparatory climb he lost his balance and slipped in to his death. The certain alternative route had been passed only a few times before.

Namche Bazaar village could be described as a gateway to the Nepalese Himalayas. On the streets of the village Finnish mountain climbers Karl Haarala and Vadimir Koveshnikov met Steck by a chance just few weeks before the accident. The pair are filming a documentary movie about mountain climbing and stopped Steck for a short interview.

You can watch the video above the article.

In the video Steck seems to be in relaxed mood. He listens to the questions carefully and answers calmly. This could be the last interview of Steck.

In the interview Steck tells he's going back to Everest and Lhotse. When he is asked if he’s trying with Alpine style, which means you climb in self sufficient style carrying own equipment and food, he answers there is no more Alpine style in Everest.

– Alpine style does not exist in Everest anymore. There are too many fixed roads and groups there. Real alpine style is not existing, Steck says.


Steck is described as a ”climbing machine” because he is famous for training vigorously. He is asked how he practise.

– You said the video is one minute. If I start to explain it takes two hours, he jokes.

– I think it’s really important you train your physical strength, the mountaineer answers to the question.

Even meeting him only briefly, according to Haarala Steck seemed to be very focused.

– It became a feeling that his mind and physics are in a position that would not be possible for a normal person, Haarala told to Ilta-Sanomat this week.