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Annapurna - First Conquest of an 8000-meter Peak
Annapurna - First Conquest of an 8000-meter Peak Author:Maurice Herzog The conquest of Annapurna has stirred up general interest which is still increasing. It was, beyond all question one of the greatest adventures of our times, and most nobly carried out. — Maurice Herzog and his companions have crowned a long series of attempts and successes, by climbing not only the highest summit yet attained by man, but also t... more »he first summit of over 8,000 meters, the first to be climbed of the very highest mountains of the world.
With this victory, achieved at a first attempt and in an unknown region, they have succeeded in an enterprise which the most experienced Himalayan travelers had considered impossible. That outstanding English climber, the late Frank Smythe, who had been on five Himalayan expeditions, had conquered Mount Kamet and had attained the highest point reached on Everest (8,500 meters), had declared that "Mountaineering in the Himalaya presents such difficulties that, as far as one can see, no expedition will ever succeed in climbing one of the twelve highest peaks at a first attempt.
This, however, is exactly what the Annapurna Expedition of 1950 achieved.« less