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Gone on this day

1989 Autar Singh Cheema, Indian pioneer, who ascended Everest in 1965, died, aged 51.


Born on this day

1961 Lhakpa Dorje IV, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Makalu three times (1998, 2001 and 2004), Lhotse in 1999, Everest eight times (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Cho Oyu five times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2011 and 2016), Kangchenjunga in 2009, Dhaulagiri I in 2016 and Manaslu in 2017.


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German Shisha Pangma Attempt finished - The Wind
Monday, 31 May 2010 20:02

They reached 7800 m, but the wind stopped the attempt on Shisha Pangma for the German ski expedition!

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Rescue Attempts abandoned on Makalu
Sunday, 30 May 2010 11:36

It seems, that there is no hope anymore for the Greek climber Zaharias (Haris) Kiriakakis (44), who was the first Greek to ascent Makalu on May 26th. Arnold Coster, the expedition leader abandoned the rescue attempts today. The last radio contact was on May 28th. Again, a very sad end of the season! Before Makalu Haris also climbed Cho Oyu in 2007 and Lhotse in 2008.

Our heartfelt condolences go to all, who knew and loved him!

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Broad Peak Ascender died after a Fall
Saturday, 29 May 2010 19:48

Austrian climber Peter Ressmann tragically died by a fall in the Austrian Alps. In 2006 he summited Broad Peak and in 2009 he was one of three climbers, who skied down Mount Saint Elias, which was documented in an excellent film.

Our condolences go to his family and friends!

Report (in German)

St. Elias film link

 
Success and Sorrow on Makalu
Saturday, 29 May 2010 16:27

On May 26th, Tunç Findik (Turkish), Arnold Coster (Dutch, expedition leader), Guntis Brands (Swiss), Haris Kiriakakis (Greek) and Nepalese Sherpa climbers Dawa, Lhakpa and Kancha summited Makalu by the normal route. So the first ascents from countries Nrs. 38 to 40 (Turkey, Netherlands and Greece) were achieved. 

On descent Haris became exhausted and so far he was not able to come down on his own.  Several attempts to help him failed. Hopefully there is still a chance to save his life!

Reports and continuously updated news you can find here!

 
Marty Schmidt summited Makalu on Monday
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 22:08

Shared Summits reported, that Marty Schmidt summited Makalu on May 24th. He ascended by the normal route. In 2001 he climbed Kangchenjunga and he also climbed Cho Oyu four times (twice within four days in 2001 and also twice within three days in 2004).

 
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