Aged 16, he won a sport climbing world cup gold, then four years later, in 2011, retired so he could tackle the great peaks. He’s since looked down from the summit of Chogolisa in Pakistan and Cerro Torre in Patagonia. Next is Masherbrum, like K2 and Chogolisa, in the Karakoram mountain range. “Its north-east face is like the north face of the Eiger with a Cerro Torre on top,” says Lama. Impossible to the rest of us.
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JESSICA BIEL: Hollywood climber
She doesn’t work for scale, but she does scale for good causes. The star of The A-Team climbed Kilimanjaro in 2010 to raise awareness of the global water shortage. And in this dress she’s raising awareness of the physiological rewards of a 5,895m ascent. Her next goal: Mount Everest, which is 8,848m.