Louis Lachenal

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Louis Lachenal (17 July 1921 – 25 November 1955), a French climber born in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, was one of the first two mountaineers to climb a summit of more than 8,000 meters. On 3 June 1950 on the 1950 French Annapurna expedition, along with Maurice Herzog, he reached the summit of Annapurna I in Nepal at a height of 8,091 m (26,545 ft). Previously he had made the second ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1947, with Lionel Terray. He died falling into a snow-covered crevasse while skiing the Vallee Blanche in Chamonix.[1] The mountain Pointe Lachenal in the Mont Blanc massif was named after him.[2]


  1. ^ "Mountain Claims a Famous Climber". Life Magazine. December 19, 1955. Retrieved 2010-08-04.
  2. ^ http://www.summitpost.org/pointe-lachenal/153066

External links

  • "Tragic Study in French Movie Tells of Victory", 1953 Life Magazine account of their victorious climb.
  • "Louis Lachenal - The Star That Fell to Earth", article about his death.
  • "Mountain Claims Famous Climber", Life Magazine article about his death.

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