Maurice Herzog passes away
December 16 , 2012
Maurice Herzog, who along with
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.