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Maurice Herzog passes away

December 16 , 2012

Maurice Herzog passes away

Maurice Herzog, who along with Louis Lachenal became the first person to climb an 8,000-meter peak, died on December 13 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. He was 93.

Herzon and Lachenal reached the summit of Mt Annapurna I in 1950 – three years before Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary successfully climbed Mt Everest. His hands and feet were frozen during the expedition and all his fingers and toes had to be amputated.

Born on January 15, 1919, Herzog fought in the French resistance during the German occupation of France in the Second World War. He is survived by his daughter, from his first marriage, as well as his second wife, Elisabeth, and two sons, Mathias and Sébastien.

He became popular worldwide after he wrote an account of the journey – Annapurna: The First Conquest of an 8,000-meter Peak -- that became one of the most popular mountaineering books ever written.