Maurice Herzog did not solo climb the first 8000m peak, like Hermann Buhl, but rather climbed the first ever 8000m peak with Louis Lachenal, a mismatch partnership in a story of survival. Herzog and Lachenal’s ascent of Annapurna made the French two climbers national heroes. It was a symbolic first 8000m peak after attempts to climb Everest had failed 30 years before. Maurice Herzog, who died in 2012, earned his fame as the man who brought France out of the shadows after the war by conquering the first 8000m summit. Above all, it was a
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