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Born on this day

1962 Romano Benet, Italian climber, who ascended, accompanied by his wife Nives Meroi, Nanga Parbat in 1998, Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in 1999, Gasherbrum II, Gasherbrum I and Broad Peak in 2003, Lhotse in 2004, Dhaulagiri I and K2 in 2006, Everest in 2007, Manaslu in 2008, Kangchenjunga in 2014, Makalu in 2016 and Annapurna I in 2017, where he finished the 14 Main-8000ers.


Gone on this day

1996 Fritz Zintl, German climber, who ascended Yalung Kang in 1975, Lhotse in 1977, Shisha Pangma in 1980 and Manaslu in 1984, died, aged 63.


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Kammerlander/Stangl: “Seven Second” and “Third" Facts
Friday, 30 March 2012 00:07

Update October 2013:

In the meantime the Seven Second Summits "case" is finished. Check the updated table
here!
It is confirmed now by Guinness World Records, that the first climber, who achieved the Seven Second Summits, the Seven Third Summits and the Triple Seven Summits is Austrian climber Christian Stangl! For details see later publications. 

When Hans Kammerlander ascended Mount Tyree on January 3rd, 2012, he claimed to be the first person, who finished the so-called "Seven Second Summits". Two days later a German journalist contacted 8000ers.com and asked for facts about Mount Logan’s summits. After several climbers and experts compared Kammerlander's summit photo with the ones from some other mountaineers (one example), who were on the Main-Peak before and after his ascent it appeared that he only climbed the about 2,35 km (1,46 miles) distant and 34 metres lower West-Peak.

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Sad March Summary
Thursday, 29 March 2012 19:43

Since March 9th Austrian climber Gerfried Göschl (39), Swiss climber Cedric Hählen (30) and Pakistani climber Nisar Hussain (36) are missing on Gasherbrum I. It would be the loss of three great climbers indeed! Gerfried ascended seven different 8000ers, one of them was Everest without supplementary oxygen. Cedric summited K2, Kangchenjunga and Broad Peak Foresummit and also Gasherbrum II East from China. And Nisar climbed all five Pakistani 8000ers plus three repetitions of Gasherbrum II and two repetitions of Gasherbrum I. While Gerfried's home team gave up hope two weeks ago, Cedric's home team is still hoping for a miracle.

In the beginning of March there already was a big tragedy on Elbrus. Ukrainian lady climber Maria (Masha) Khitrikova died there only 21 years young. Last year she was only the fifth lady climber and also the youngest person, who summited Gasherbrums II and I in a single season (GII 22.07. and GI 04.08.).

On March 20th Lincoln Hall died in Australia, aged 56. In 1983 he summited a rarely ascended high mountain, Annapurna II (7937 m) and in 2006 he survived Everest after he was in trouble on descent and was already declared dead.

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The only cheerful note on the 8000ers in March 2012 is the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum I by Polish climbers Adam Bielecki and Janusz Gołąb on March 9th.   

 
Fatality on K2
Monday, 06 February 2012 12:48

The winter attempt on K2 is over. Today Vitali Gorelik (44) sadly died in Base Camp.

Our condolences go to his family and friends.

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Mario Merelli died
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 22:41

Famous Italian climber Mario Merelli (49) died today while climbing on Pizzo Redorta (3038 m).

Our condolences go to his family and friends.

More about Mario here.

 
Famous Korean Climber missing
Friday, 21 October 2011 12:32

Park Young-Seok (born 02.11.1963) attempted a new line on Annapurna's South Face with Kang Ki-Seok (19.09.1978) and Shin Dong-Min (13.05.1974). Since Tuesday they are missing and it seems, that there is only little hope for their lives.

Mr. Park had already climbed all 14 Main-8000ers and the Seven Summits and also travelled to both, the North and South Poles, the so-called "Adventure Grand Slam" and Mr. Park is the only climber with this achievement. In 2009 he also climbed a new line on Everest with the two companions, who were now with him on the South Face of Annapurna I.

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Update October 31st:

After a long attempt to locate and possibly save the climbers the search ended yesterday. Sadly the three climbers were presumed dead. 

Our condolences go to their families and friends.

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