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1st man to climb over 8000m died at 93

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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

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RIP, Maurice Herzog. Must have been a breathtaking view from up there :w00t:

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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.

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RIP.gif He lived life to its fullest.

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I am not willing to lose my fingers and toes to live life that fully.

People like this are made out of the extra special stuff.

I bet his endurance stat point was like 21!

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