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Swiss climber dies after fall, preparing for Mount Everest ascent

KATHMANDU: An experienced Swiss climber died on Sunday after he fell in the Everest region of Nepal during preparations to climb the world's highest mountain, the first to perish in the current climbing season, officials said. Ueli Steck, 40, died after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller peak in the area, said Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summits Treks company that organized Steck's expedition. Steck was in the area acclimatizing ahead of a bid to climb Everest through the less-climbed West Ridge route and…