/ NEWS: Tomaz Humar Found Dead

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UKC News - on 14 Nov 2009
[Tomaz Humar Found Dead 320, 3 kb]Slovenian Alpinist Tomaz Humar has been found dead high on Langtang Lirung's South Face in Nepal.

Tomaz Humar, a father of two, was one of the most successful super-alpinists of recent years with a number of difficult and dangerous solo ascents to his name.

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=50359

Scarab - on 14 Nov 2009
May he rest in Peace. Condolences..
Ewan Russell - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:
my thoughts go to his family.
Henry Iddon - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:

terrible news, he was a complex character but very friendly and warm when I met him, and an incredibly hard alpinist.
omerta on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:

Tragic. Rest in peace and love, thoughts and prayers with his family
Peter Rhodes - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News: Truly This is really saddening, our thoughts are with his family and friends.

It's been a tough year, lots of great guys are no longer with us, sucks.
redsulike - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News: Very sad. From the tone of the article there may be some criticism of the bureaucracy of the authorities that delayed his rescue.
andrew sandercock - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:

incredibly sad news made only worse by the stories of the troubles with the Nepalese authorities.
ERU - on 14 Nov 2009
oh shit!
Ensô - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:

i actually cannot beleive it, he's the guy i wouldve put my money on living forever
Katie86 - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:

Sad News; I sobering thought about travelling in remote places. Issues with the whole authorities beauracray (sp?) make this sadder.
May he R.I.P.
Blue Straggler - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to redsulike:

I thought the article and the quotes therein were very restrained and careful not to start pointing the finger - seems like it was a "one of those things" kind of situations, that they were probably aware could arise. Either that, or they just don't want to stir.

Very sad news anyway and unfortunate circumstances/restrictions.
rusty_nails - on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:

Deep sympathy to Tomaz's family anf close friends. He will be sorely missed.

I saw him last year at the Dundee Mountain Film Festival on a recommendation from a friend.

I was initially not all that bothered, but his sheer energy an enthusiasm during the presentation was inspiring.

Truly a man who lived many lifetimes in a short time period!!!
Eban on 14 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News: shocked, my thoughts and prayers are for his children and family, i have just recently finnished reading his new book, in fact i am lost for words.
lynx3555 - on 15 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News: Very sad.....another addition to the climbers Valhalla.
Martin - on 15 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:
My Deepest condolances to his family, a true inspiration to my climbing such a shame that he had to suffer the Political crap that goes on in different places.
Catherine Speakman - on 15 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:
What truly sad news. A true loss to the mountaineering community, but a tragedy for his family. The beaurocratic complications must add a further agonising twist for them - that horrible 'what if..'My thoughts are with them. R.I.P. Tomaz
ollie211 - on 16 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News: very sad news, will be missed. controversial yet outstanding man RIP
Al Evans on 16 Nov 2009
In reply to ollie211: A sad day for extreme alpinism, condolences to all his friends and relatives.

Another picture of Langtang Lirung from the approach trek
http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=94054

And another from the summit of Tsergo Ri
http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=129230
fxceltic on 16 Nov 2009
In reply to Catherine Speakman:
> (In reply to UKC News)
> What truly sad news. A true loss to the mountaineering community, but a tragedy for his family. The beaurocratic complications must add a further agonising twist for them - that horrible 'what if..'My thoughts are with them. R.I.P. Tomaz

It appears to be true that there were some bureaucratic issues getting a permit to attempt a chopper rescue, but given that there was no contact from tuesday on from Tomaz, I suspect it wouldnt have made any difference in this case.
Very sad.
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JasonLee - on 16 Nov 2009
Very sad news. A great loss to the climbing community. R.I.P
Garbh Coire - on 16 Nov 2009
In reply to JasonLee: RIP Tomaz, a privilege to have met you last year.
Tom Hutton - on 16 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News: Deeply shocking. Barely took it in the first time I read it.
ice.solo - on 17 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:

sad. always possible, but still sad.

simon anthamatten is one of ueli stecks climbing buddies. remarkable events get remarkable people doing remarkable things.
francoisecall - on 19 Nov 2009
In reply to ice.solo: He was also awarded the Alpine Club "Spirit of Mountaineering" commendation last year for his participation to the rescue of Inaki Ochoa on Anapurna (along with 5 other alpinists).
GrahamD - on 19 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:

Very good obitury in yesterday's Independent
dave1 - on 21 Nov 2009
In reply to UKC News:
What a terrible tragedy. Another brilliant climber gone, leaving a no-doubt devastated wife and two children, not to mention his parents and wider family and friends who will have to continue without him. Am I alone in thinking that this is a terrible waste of a good man who might well have survived if he had not been climbing alone?
When I started climbing many years ago, my recollection is that generally, soloing was frowned upon. The cost, to those who would naturally feel obliged to be involved in a rescue, and to the survivors if a fatality occurred, was thought to be too high. After many years out of the climbing scene, when I returned 10 years ago, I was surprised to see that attitudes to soloing had changed and it was now not only acceptable but praised and admired. Is not Tomaz Humar's death an inevitable outcome of this attitude? Or am I just hopelessly old-fashioned?
fishy1 - on 21 Nov 2009
In reply to dave1: I think you have interesting points, but they probably belong in a new thread.
tradmania on 21 Nov 2009 - cpc3-macc1-0-0-cust479.bagu.cable.ntl.com
In reply to dave1:

>Is not Tomaz Humar's death an inevitable outcome of this attitude?

In the obituaries in the national press it was reported that many of the worlds top alpinists had said this years ago.



adnix - on 23 Nov 2009
In reply to tradmania:

The Anthamattens have posted detailed info on the rescue mission with pictures of where Tomaz was found.
http://www.anthamattens.ch/rescue_mission_langtang__lirung,_nov__2009.html

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