Maurice Herzog

has died, age 93.
controversial climber, decorated Resistance fighter,
if you have not read his book - do.
The pair duly marched on, Herzog almost in a hypnotic trance, carried by religious visions until the moment came when they stood on the summit and the euphoria was complete. “Never had I felt happiness like this — so intense and yet so pure,” Herzog wrote. He pulled out the “sweat-soaked” tricolor and posed for the photograph that would guarantee his fame – a photo that would later be credited to Herzog, as if he had reached the summit and set up the camera alone.

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