DAVID LAMA
DAVID LAMA

NAME: DAVID LAMA

GEBURTSTAG: 04.08.1990

STAATSANGEHÖRIGKEIT: AUSTRIA

DAVID LAMA

One of the leading figures in climbing and mountaineering is definitely David Lama. Born in 1990, son of an Austrian mother and Nepalese father, he started climbing as a kid and thanks to his immense talent, he climbed his first 8c + at the age of 14. At this tender age he began to compete in International youth competitions: he won the gold medal at the World Youth Climbing Championships.
He also won the European Cup Youth Climbing in both 2004 and 2005. In his debut year as a climber, he won the gold medal in the lead specialty at the 2006 European climbing Championship in Ekaterinburg and finished in second place in the final rankings of the 2006 lead championship. In 2007 he won the gold medal at the European climbing Championship in the boulder specialty in Birmingham. Slowly, David Lama climbing changed direction and he started to focus on the repetitions of difficult multi-pitch routes and then finally entered the world of mountaineering.
In 2009 he attempted his first free ascent of Cerro Torre via the infamous Compressor Route opened by Egger and Maestri, but the unfavorable climate forced him to abandon the enterprise. The expedition failed and lots of equipment was left on the wall, which caused lots of criticism. Three years later, in 2012, he tried again and this time succeeded. The climb took two days (20-21 January), with a bivouac on the wall. Austrian mountaineer Peter Ortner accompanied him on the climb. The route deviated at times, for a few meters from the original line, and the climb was made even more difficult by the fact that Americans Hayden Kennedy and Jason Kruk, a few days earlier had removed most of the original bolts. In 2014 a film documentary about the expedition was released entitled Cerro Torre: A Snowball's Chance in Hell.