German Braun-Elwert was formerly a nuclear physicist who emigrated to New Zealand in 1978. He'd been a guide since 1971 and climbed Cook a reported twenty-six times, and had pioneered many of the country's ski tours. His most noted non-guiding achievements took place in Patagonia, but in the summer of 1973 he made the first ascent of the entire Peuterey Ridge on Mont Blanc.
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