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Peter Habeler is 74 and Climbs Eiger North Face

Austrian climber Peter Habeler is a 74-year-old legend who just made another ascent up the north face of the Eiger, this time with David Lama.

Back in 1974, Habeler and Reinhold Messner made the fastest ascent of the north face at the time in less than 10 hours.

Habeler and Messner went on to perfect fast and light alpine climbing and climbed a new route in alpine style up the Gasherbrum I, the 11th highest mountain in the world. A few years later, the two top climbers made the first Everest ascent without supplementary oxygen.

This was Lama’s first trip up the famous Heckmair route on the Eiger’s north face. When Habeler made the speedy ascent in 1974, Lama hadn’t been born.