Tomaž Humar, who has perished, aged 40, on Langtang Lirung in Nepal, was a climber whose approach to Himalayan alpinism excited strong emotions, by no means all complimentary.
While routes such as his solo of the 4,000-metre south face of Dhaulagiri made him a national hero in his native Slovenia, Humar's more sober contemporaries in high-end alpinism balked at the way he played the showman.
Here Stephen Goodwin looks back at a complex life lived both in the high mountains and in the media spotlight.
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