Maurice Herzog, pioneering Annapurna mountaineer, dies

7:13 a.m. on December 15, 2012 (EST)
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Here's on link regarding his death:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20733963

5:17 p.m. on December 15, 2012 (EST)
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Link does not work...

6:23 p.m. on December 15, 2012 (EST)
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I just tried the BBC link and it both works both when I click on it and 'new tab' it.

In the event that the BBC link still does not work here's another.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/15/world/europe/maurice-herzog-93-dies-led-historic-himalaya-climb.html?_r=0

4:01 p.m. on December 16, 2012 (EST)
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I read his book in the sixties and I considered it one of the great climbing stories. Even in that read, I could tell Herzog's account didn't give credit to the others, including Terray, who most likely saved the lives of Herzog and Lachenal. In many ways, it is a tale of Gallic hubris and optimism...no recce beforehand, pushing well beyond their limits for national pride. I think it was Tom Patey who wrote a wonderfully silly poem about Herzog having his fingers cut off on the way out. In the last few years, some of the more famous figures from Herzog's era have passed, after living to old ages. Demaison, Hillary, Cassin. Whatever your faults, you were one of the first two on Annapurna's summit.  RIP Maurice.

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