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Veteran Irish Climber Dies on Annapurna

Noel Hanna had climbed Mount Everest 10 times, and had established new routes in the Himalaya

Irish climber Noel Hanna died in Nepal while descending Annapurna, officials said today. The 56-year-old veteran climber and adventurer was on his way to base camp after successfully summiting the world’s tenth highest mountain. He died at camp four on Monday night.

“His body has been brought down and flown to Kathmandu,” Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks announced at base camp. Hanna had summited Everest 10 times, plus climbed to the highest point on every continent.

In 2006, he climbed Everest and then cycled to the sea in eastern India, after a two-week ride. In 2017, Hanna and three others made the first ascent of Burke Khang (6,942 m) which borders Nepal and Tibet. In July 2018, Hanna became the firstst Irish person to successfully summit and descend K2.

On March 29, Hanna recorded a massive avalanche on Annapurna, watch it below. Our condolences to Hanna’s family and friends. You can read about Hanna’s adventures here.