David Lama

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David Lama
David Lama.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Austrian
Born (1990-08-04) August 4, 1990 (age 24)
Innsbruck
Retired from competitions 2011
Website www.david-lama.com
Climbing career
Type of climber Sport climbing, bouldering, mountaineering
Highest grade
Updated on 13 May 2013.

David Lama ( Nepali-डेभिड लामा) (born 4 August 1990 in Innsbruck) is an Austrian sport climber and mountaineer. He won the European Championship in bouldering in 2007 and the European Championship in lead climbing in 2006. He's best known for his first free ascent of the Compressor Route (South-East Ridge) on Cerro Torre.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

David Lama was born in 1990. His dad is a mountain guide from Nepal and his mom is an Innsbruck Austria native. David was five years old when Himalaya veteran Peter Habeler first watched him climb in a climbing camp organized by him. Afterwards, Habeler immediately called his parents to tell them that their boy had an unusual talent. Lama then became part of the competition climbing team coached by Reinhold Scherer and Rupert Messner. He became the youngest person to compete at the world cup at age fifteen and the first to win both a lead and the bouldering world cup in his first season.[3] In 2011 he retired from competition climbing and focused on mountaineering.

Competition Climbing[edit]

Youth[edit]

  • European Youth Cup Winner 2004 und 2005
  • Youth World Champion 2004
  • Youth World Champion 2005

Championships[edit]

Boulder World Cup[edit]

1. Place at

Lead Climbing World Cup[edit]

1. Place at

  • UIAA Climbing World Cup, Dresden, 2006[7]
  • UIAA Climbing World Cup, Penne, 2006[8]
  • UIAA Climbing World Cup, Kranj, 2006[9]
  • IFSC Climbing World Cup, Imst, 2007[10]
  • IFSC Climbing World Cup, Imst, 2008[11]

Rock Climbing[edit]

  • 2000 Osp (Slovenia): Kindergarten (8a). He was the youngest person to climb a route of that grade at the time.
  • 2004 Gorges du Loup (France): On-Sight of „Devers Satanique“ 10- (8a+)
  • 2004 Gorges du Loup (France): „7pm JP Chaud“ 8c (10+/11-), his first for the grade
  • 2006 Spain: On-Sight of several routes up to 10+ (8b+)
  • 2007 Niederthai (Austria): In a single day, he climbs „Gondor“ 11- (8c), „Mordor“ 11-/11 (8c+/9a) and „In Memo Reini“ 11- (8c).

Alpine Climbing[edit]

  • 2010 Sarche (Italy): Lama and Jorg Verhoeven climb the first ascent Brento Centro, which they then free in a day.[12]
  • 2010 Dolomites (Italy): Lama repeats Bellavista (11-) on Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Cima Ovest, after one day of trying.[13]
  • 2011 Cerro Torre (Patagonia): Lama and Peter Ortner climb Cerro Torre via the Kompressor Route.
  • 2011 Grindelwald (Switzerland): Lama climbs Pacienca (8a) in the North Face of the Eiger with Peter Ortner.[14]
  • 2011 Kashmir (India): Lama, Stephan Siegrist and Denis Burdet climb a first ascent Yoniverse, on Cerro Kishtwar.[15]
  • 2011 Lofer (Austria): Lama repeated Feuertaufe (8b) by Alexander Huber as well as Stoamandl (8b), Donnervogel (8b) and Woher Kompass (8a+)
  • 2012 Cerro Torre (Patagonia): In 24 hours, David Lama does the first free ascent of the Compressor Route (South-East Ridge) of Cerro Torre with Peter Ortner. The route was subject of much controversy after two other climbers, American Hayden Kennedy and Canadian Jason Kruk, removed many of Maestri's bolts some days before Lama's ascent.[1][2]
  • 2013 Sagwand (Austria): First winter ascent of Schiefer Riss on the Sagwand in Tyrol with Hansjörg Auer and Peter Ortner.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "David Lama frees the Compressor route… while Kruk & Kennedy's bolt chopping is hotly debated". planetmountain.com. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Jack Geldard (January 2012). "David Lama and Cerro Torre; A Mountain Set Free". ukclimbing.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.ifsc-climbing.org/index.php/world-competition/calendar#!person=6487&cat=1
  4. ^ "UIAA Climbing Worldcup (B) - Hall (AUT) 2006 - Result: M E N bouldering". ifsc-climbing.org. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "IFSC Climbing Worldcup (B) - Reunion (FRA) 2008 - General result M E N bouldering". ifsc-climbing.org. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "IFSC Climbing Worldcup (B) - Fiera di Primiero (ITA) 2008 - General result M E N bouldering". ifsc-climbing.org. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "UIAA Climbing Worldcup (L+S) - Dresden (GER) 2006 - Result: M E N lead". ifsc-climbing.org. 20 May 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "UIAA Climbing Worldcup (L) - Penne (ITA) 2006 - Result: M E N lead". ifsc-climbing.org. 12 November 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "UIAA Worldcup (L) - Kranj (SLO) 2006 - Result: M E N lead". ifsc-climbing.org. 19 November 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "IFSC Climbing Worldcup (L) - Imst (AUT) 2007 - General result M E N lead". ifsc-climbing.org. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "IFSC Climbing Worldcup (L) - Imst (AUT) 2008 - General result M E N lead". ifsc-climbing.org. 20 September 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Meghan Ward (14 July 2010). "Lama and Verhoeven Free 29-Pitch 5.13d". alpinist.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "David Lama, Bellavista and Voie Petit". planetmountain.com. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "David Lama climbs Paciencia on the Eiger North Face". mammut.ch. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Cerro Kishtwar important Himalayan first ascent for David Lama, Stephan Siegrist, Denis Burdet and Rob Frost". planetmountain.com. 30 October 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sagwand first winter ascent by Auer, Lama and Ortner". planetmountain.com. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 

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