Arne Naess, born August 12, 1937, who
summited Everest on April 29, 1985 via the standard
South East Ridge route, died this morning while climbing
on a farm in South Africa.
Arne Naess was 66. The business man from
Norway died this morning in a climbing accident 80 km
north of Cape Town.
He was the leader of the First Norwegian expedition in 1985.
He is known for many things, one of them is that he was the Expedition leader
that got Chris Bonington to the top of Everest. Chris Bonington, at the age of
50, summited as a member of Arne's Norwegian Everest Expedition. The
expedition placed 17 climbers and Sherpas on the summit over a period of 10
days, a record at the time.
Arne Naess, was a millionaire ship owner, and
Bonington acted as his "chief of staff ". On a can you top this? After Arne
returned, he was on the cover of a magazine, reading a company's financial
report. So? He's doing it while standing atop Everest.
In his words, climbing should be "simple in
means, rich in ends and mature in its understanding of the needs of the human
He was also the former husband of
America Singer Diana Ross.
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