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Title: R.I.P Arne Naess jr.
Post by: Anna Friman on Jan 14 2004, 23:47
A great man is gone, may he rest in peace.

Title: Re:R.I.P Arne Naess jr.
Post by: 7summits on Jan 26 2004, 13:46
Arne Naess (http://7summits.com/info/stats2/index2.php?_=d&familyname=Naess) (born Dec 8, 1937) summited Everest in 1985, leading one of the must successful Everest expeditions ever. No less than 17 expedition members made the summit, from the South Col SE ridge. The expedition was famous for being very well organized, and included some well known names such as Ang Rita Sherpa (his then 3d summit), Dick Bass (who later coined the idea of the "seven summits"), Imax filmer David Breashears, and Chris Bonington (expedition "Captain"). Arne was the nephew of the famous pioneer and philosopher Arne Naess sr., who in 1950 led the expedition that made the first ascent of Tirich Mir, Pakistan (7706 m).

Arne Naess made a fortune in shipping and married singer Diana Ross in 1986. They had 2 children and divorced in 1999. Arne then married Camilla Astrup, and had 2 kids with her. Arne had in total 7 children. He died 66 years old, the way that he had lived - climbing a mountain.

(text from our friends at Mounteverest.net (http://www.mounteverest.net/story/EverestlegenddiesinclimbingaccidenttodayJan132004.shtml))

The following is the news report that covered Arne's death; from alertnet.org (http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L14374025.htm)

14 Jan 2004 08:22:02 GMT
Friends watched Norwegian tycoon fall to death-police
CAPE TOWN, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Horrified friends watched through binoculars as Norwegian tycoon Arne Naess, an avid mountaineer and ex-husband of pop singer Diana Ross, fell to his death from a South African mountain, police said on Wednesday.

Police spokeswoman Superintendent Mary Martins-Engelbrecht told Reuters the 66-year-old Naess, visiting friends at a farm in the Franschoek mountains near Cape Town, died on Tuesday after plunging 100 metres (330 feet) from a rock face.

"He left to climb the mountain at about 8 a.m. and was watched from the farm by his hosts with binoculars," Martins-Engelbrecht said.

"At about 12:00 or 12.30 p.m., it appears he slipped and fell about 100 metres to his death. He was certified dead on the scene," Martins-Engelbrecht said, adding that an investigation of the incident was under way.

The Star newspaper reported that Naess's South African host Johann Rupert, executive chairman of luxury goods giant Richemont, had suggested that a local mountain guide accompany Naess on his climb but that the offer had been turned down.

The Norwegian shipping magnate was known as an experienced mountaineer who climbed Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, in 1985.

Naess married Ross in the mid-1980s and the couple had two children before they were divorced in 2000.

He was born in Germany in 1937, a nephew of Norway's Arne Naess senior, a well-known mountaineer and philosopher. He leaves seven children, including two with his partner, Norwegian Camilla Astrup.
Title: Re:R.I.P Arne Naess jr.
Post by: trunl on Jan 28 2004, 09:19
did he just slip? was he wearing a harness? and what mountain was he on?
Title: Re:R.I.P Arne Naess jr.
Post by: 7summits on Feb 19 2004, 21:43

did he just slip? was he wearing a harness? and what mountain was he on?

Good questions, this is from another news source:
"Arne Naess, 66, a shipping magnate, fell to his death in thick mist while trying to find a new route up the Hutchinson cliff in the Greater Drakenstein Mountains.

Naess was a guest of the Rupert family at the time of his death. His body was found near the L'Omarins wine estate that belongs to the Johann Rupert Trust.

Deon Tromp, leader of the Wilderness Search and Rescue team that retrieved he climber's body from the mountain, said Naess was presumably overcome by thick mist. He fell 25m from a ledge and was probably killed instantly.

A Skymed II rescue helicopter dropped Tromp and two other rescuers at the place in the mountains where Naess was last seen.

The body was airlifted to an ambulance waiting on the estate. "  :(