Swiss mountaineer Erhard Loretan dies in climbing accident
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Acclaimed Swiss mountaineer died Thursday on his 52nd birthday when he fell in a climbing accident.
According to Swiss police, Loretan was climbing with a client to the summit of, a 4,043 meter peak in the , when both fell for unknown reasons from a height of around 3,800 metres. He was killed immediately while his client was hospitalized in serious condition.
Loretan, originally from Pakistan. He was the third person to summit all fourteen of the world's , which he accomplished by the age of 36. This confirmed his reputation as one of the world's top mountain climbers. In 1986 he ascended in 40 hours without using supplementary oxygen, a feat that astonished other mountain climbers., was eleven years old when he began climbing. In 1982, he climbed his first 8,000-meter peak, in
Saying that he was essentially a solitary person, he told afilm festival in a video posted on its web site last year, "First of all I’d like to thank the mountains, for almost 40 years they have allowed me to climb, and with this passion I’ve lived an extraordinary life up to now, that’s why I’d like to thank them."
He added, "I now want to share this passion more with others, and it’s because of this that being ais a good profession because you can help someone who dreams about climbing mountains. This is something very beautiful."
In 2001 his personal life was marred by a
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