On May 18, 2012, Swiss alpinist Ueli Steck (aka the ‘Swiss Machine’) became the first westerner in many years to summit Mt. Everest from the south side without the use of supplementary oxygen. Climbing an 8000-meter peak without oxygen is exponentially more difficult and Ueli pulls no punches when he tells us how he feels about the difficulty of climbing Everest, how he thinks using oxygen is cheating, and how he thinks speed records on Everest are “bullshit”.

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