Austrian climber David Lama‘s incredible natural abilities to ascend things showed at an early age. After mastering sport climbing, David, now 23 years old, shifted his focus and aspirations to free climbing and alpinism, eventually to claim one of the greatest free ascents in history—the first free ascent of the Southeast Ridge on Patagonia’s Cerro Torre. This feat made him one of our Adventurers of the Year. David was climbing on iconic Cerro Torre just after American Hayden Kennedy and Canadian Jason Kruk chopped down many of the controversial bolts placed by Italian Cesare Maestri in 1970. This story is about as dramatic and exciting as climbing stories get. And Red Bull will be releasing a feature film about it from David’s perspective later this March called Cerro Torre: A Snowball’s Chance in Hell.
- Nat Geo Expeditions