David Lama was quite literally born to climb. The son of a Nepali mountain guide and a nurse from Austria, David was just five years old when legendary Everest mountaineer Peter Habeler discovered his ‘extraordinary feeling for rocks.’ By the time he was fifteen, the youngster had taken the climbing world by storm and certainly proved Peter correct. At age 12, David became the youngest climber in the history of the sport to complete an 8b+. He then went on to win both the European Youth World Cups and the Youth World Championships twice. After stepping up to the senior ranks, David became the youngest person ever to win a IFSC World Cup in both lead climbing and bouldering. David continued to rack up victories at competitions until 2011, when he shifted his focus to free climbing and alpinism. Building on a number of first ascents in the Alps and around the world, David realized his dream of making the first free ascent of the South-East ridge of Cerro Torre in Patagonia, an achievement that earned him and his partner Peter Ortner special mention at the Piolet d’Or awards in 2013. David believes in the principle that if you have a big goal, you need to work meticulously on achieving it without having an easier plan B in mind. David continues to be willing to accept repeated failure – like on Cerro Torre – to achieve something exceptional.
- 2x 1st Place IFSC Bouldering World Cup
- IFSC World cup Champion – Lead & Boulder
- 3rd Place IFSC World Championships
- First Free Ascent , Brento Centro
- First free ascent of the South East Ridge of Cerro Torre