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Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby SeracZack » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:22 am

http://www.rockandice.com/news/2407-maurice-herzog-dies

Maurice Herzog was the first person to climb Annapurna along with Louis Lachenal. He was 93 years old.
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Re: Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby I Man » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:25 am

Wow :shock:

RIP Maurice. You inspired generations of climbers, including me. I have read your account of Annapurna many times and your story was instrumental in motivating me to get started on my journey.

The climbing community will never forget what you accomplished! its hard to fathom what the French pulled off in 1950.

"There are other Annapurnas in the lives of men..."
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Re: Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby Taillon75 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:28 am

RIP. Well he surely lived a full life......
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Re: Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby crestone14ers » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:14 am

I was ten years old, and Annapurna had been out for two years. This book and the 1963 American Everest Expedition, especially Hornbein and Unsoeld's book on the successful ascent via the West Ridge of Everest, which btw has NEVER been duplicated, changed my life and opened up a world of climbing to me.

Guys like Terray, Lachenel, Buhl... hopefully are keeping good company to Mr. Herzog. :wink:
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M. Herzog passes at 93 (8,000m pioneer)

Postby TallGrass » Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:38 pm

Maurice Herzog was the first to summit a 8,000m (~26,250ft) peak, the challenging Annapurna, a feat that was largely overshadowed three years later in 1953 by the topping of Mt. Everest. Despite losing his fingers and toes on the decent (frostbite), he went to be author and serve in government. Some pretty impressive feats in the links above and below. :shock: Adieu.

Maurice Herzog, first to summit 8,000-meter peak, dies at 93 -CNN

French climber Maurice Herzog dies, aged 93 -AFP

Maurice Herzog:Maurice Herzog, who has died aged 93, fulfilled all the criteria for a 20th-century French hero: decorated Resistance fighter, mountaineer, bestselling author and later a government minister. -The Telegraph
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Re: M. Herzog passes at 93 (8,000m pioneer)

Postby screeman57 » Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:48 pm

R.I.P. to a true bad-ass hero. Annapurna was the first mountaineering book I ever read. Absolutely gripping stuff.
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Re: Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Fri Dec 14, 2012 9:50 pm

God speed Mr. Herzog. Glad you will be reunited with your fingers though.
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Re: M. Herzog passes at 93 (8,000m pioneer)

Postby USAKeller » Fri Dec 14, 2012 10:00 pm

Very sorry to hear about this.

I'm merging this with the other Maurice Herzog thread that was started...
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Re: Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby MountainHiker » Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:27 pm

Annapurna by Maurice Herzog is one of mountaineering’s great adventure stories. It sounds like he lived a full life afterwards.
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Re: Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby dpbasing » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:30 am

R.I.P. Maurice

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Re: Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby Hungry Jack » Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:40 am

RIP.

Seems pretty rare that an elite Himalyan mountaineer lives to see old age.

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Re: Maurice Herzog Dies

Postby TallGrass » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:56 am

Hungry Jack wrote:Seems pretty rare that an elite Himalyan mountaineer lives to see old age.
Kind of think losing all ones fingers would tend to reduce options for death-defying activities. :dead Don't know many who died from writing books or politics.
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