David Lama, Austrian sport climber and mountaineer, Died at 28

David Lama was born on August 4, 1990, in Innsbruck, and died on April 19, 2019; he was an Austrian sport climber and mountaineer.

He won the European Championship in bouldering in 2007 and the European Championship in lead climbing in 2006.

David was, recognised for his first free ascent of the Compressor Route (South-East Ridge) on Cerro Torre. David was caught in an avalanche while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in Alberta in 2019.


David was born in 1990. His father is a mountain guide from Nepal, and his mother is an Innsbruck Austria native. He was five years old when Himalaya veteran Peter Habeler first observed him climb in a climbing camp organised by him.

Afterwards, Habeler quickly called his parents to tell them that their boy had an unusual talent. David then became part of the competition climbing team coached by Reinhold Scherer.

David 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. In 2011, David retired from competition climbing and focused on mountaineering.

On April 17, 2019, Lama, along with climbers Jess Roskelley and Hansjörg Auer, was caught up in an avalanche while climbing the M16 route on Howse Peak in the Waputik Range of the Canadian Rockies. They remain missing and are supposed to have died.