Alpinist Tomaz Humar Confirmed Dead

Nov 14, 2009
Outside Magazine

Veteran climber Tomaz Humar was found dead today after being stranded for days on Langtang Lirung in the Himalayas, according to the AP. Earlier today, the flight operations manager for Swiss Air Zermatt confirmed Humar's body was retrieved by a three-man rescue team.

Humar, who has some 1,500 ascents to his name and has been the recipient ofseveral mountaineering awards, apparently used a satellite phone tocall a friend to say that he was injured on Tuesday. Though fellow climbers searched for Humar during the last several days, heavy snow and bad weather hampered efforts. He was found in a different location than expected.

"He was lower than expected, at 5,600 meters not 6,300 meters," Gerald Bin of Swiss Air Zermatt told the AP.

Humar leaves behind a wife and two children.

Read more about Humar's initial call and stranding and more about his career in the stories below.

Cold Call: Tomaz Humar, Outside Magazine, February 2008

Climbing Lessons from the School of Tomaz Humar, Outside Magazine, June 2006

Tomaz Humar Photo Gallery, Outside Magazine, June 2006

--Joe Spring

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