Annapurna Pioneer Herzog Dies

The French climber Maurice Herzog, who climbed Annapurna in June 1950, died yesterday at age 93. Herzog and Louis Lachenal summited 26,545-foot (8,091-meter) Annapurna in Nepal, the 10th-highest mountain in the world, on June 3, 1950, becoming the first people ever to climb an 8,000-meter peak. Both men suffered serious frostbite, losing numerous digits.

Herzog's book about the expedition was a classic and became one of the best-selling mountaineering books in history. However, details of the account were later challenged, with historians arguing that Herzog didn't give nearly enough credit credit to his teammates, including Lachenal and the great French climbers Lionel Terray and Gaston Rebuffat. Following the expedition, Herzog became a major public figure in France, serving as a minister of sport, mayor of Chamonix, and a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Date of death: December 13, 2012



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I read his book in about 1978, it was utterly inspiring and i went to Nepal in about 1980. They had just opened the Annapurna circuit... so I spent 30 days trekking all the way round plus the sanctuary....the people were so wonderful and friendly... I met local people , trekkers (not too many) and one public servant on his way to work.... It would take him 7 days to walk to work....then work for 6 months, then 7 days to walk So many stories from that was life changing and life defining....went to lake Tilicho.....had a bad dope trip in Muktinah and suffered decades of depression and paranoia afterwards ....... don't let them tell you its harmless fun. Sorry to change tone ...but it happened..... So thanks Maurice Herzog

Michael de Vaus - 01/11/2013 11:42:36

He was one of the reasons that I went to the mountains!

Aaron Barnes - 12/29/2012 10:46:30

That so few have left comment, or seem to recognize the contributions of climbers like Herzog, is a sad testament about the current status of the "sport" of climbing in N. America. The contribution of climbers like this guy advanced so many aspects of climbing. Lachenal also was an innovative and "cutting-edge" alpinist in the Dolomiti and other areas.

jameswilli - 12/25/2012 9:17:28

hi iam sorry for Maurice Herzog for die i hope like the annapurna summit like this man or woman in next future

ghazikia kamran - 12/23/2012 2:06:50