French mountaineer Maurice Herzog, the first person to scale an 8,000-metre peak, died aged 93 on Friday. Herzog climbed the 8,091-metre Annapurna three years before Edmund Hillary conquered Mount Everest
Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:49 PM
Annapurna has 6 major peaks, the only one over 8,000 being Annapurna I - which incidentally, holds the record for the highest fatalities of all the mountains above 8,000 feet.
The Annapurna range can be seen from my lodgings in Pokhara, with Machapuchari (Fish-tail) mountain being the most prominent, although no-one has ever climbed to its summit. In 1957, a British team was allowed to climb to within 50m of the top. It's since been declared sacred, and nobody is allowed to climb it now. Nearly all the Annapurna expeditions start from Pokhara and make up most of the city's income. I love the place.
"Gæð a wyrd swa hio scel, ac gecnáwan þín gefá!": "Fate goes ever as she shall, but know thine enemy!".
"I was born with a priceless gift - the ability to laugh at other peoples' troubles" - Dame Edna Everage