Almanac

23 April



Born on this day

1939 L´udovít Záhoranský, Czech climber of Slovak origin, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 1981.
1949 Javier Escartin, Spanish Aragonese climber, who ascended Gasherbrum I in 1983 and K2 in 1995, where he died on descent, aged 46.
1951 László Vörös, Hungarian climber, who ascended Himalchuli in 1985, Shisha Pangma in 1987, Cho Oyu in 1990 and Gasherbrum II in 2003.
1954 Milan Pěgřimek, Czech climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2005.
1954 Alain Pierre Marie Laurens, French climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2011 and died on descent, aged 57.
1955 Juan José (Juanjo) San Sebastián, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Makalu in 1985, Broad Peak Foresummit in 1986, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak and Cho Oyu in 1990 and K2 in 1994.
1957 Masayo Yamaguchi, Japanese lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996.
1959 Santa Bahadur Gurung, Nepalese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 1997, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1998 and Cho Oyu in 2006.
1959 Valerie Parkinson, British lady climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2008.
1965 Paul Walters, Australian (also British) climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1995, Gasherbrum II in 1998, Dhaulagiri I in 1999, Everest in 2000 and Broad Peak in 2004.
1965 Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 1996. He is the son of the first ascender Tenzing Norgay.
1966 Keith Partridge, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1967 Baek Jin-Kook, Korean climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2006.
1968 Jordi Canut, Spanish Valencian climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2001.
1969 Mathew Buchan, British climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996.
1969 Rupert Hauer, Austrian climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 2009, Cho Oyu in 2010 and Shisha Pangma in 2013.
1971 Phinzo II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest seven times (2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2013) and Manaslu in 2001.
1972 Javier Echevarria, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 2007.
1976 Benjamin Salazar, Mexican climber, who ascended Everest in 2007.
1980 Jangbu VI, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest eight times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013) and Cho Oyu twice (2009 and 2011).
1983 Tendi Wangya, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1987 Karma Gyalzen VI, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).

First ascent on this day

1982 Langshisha Ri (aka Langsisa Ri, 6412 m) by a Nepalo-Japanese party.

Gone on this day

1993 Pasang Lhamu I, Nepalese Sherpa lady climber, who was the first Nepalese woman, who ascended Everest. She was on top on April 22, but tragically died during descent the next day, aged 30. Her Sherpa companion Sonam Tshering, who ascended Everest five times (1988, 1989, spring and autumn 1992 and the day before as well), died also on descent.
1997 Malcolm (Mal) Duff, Scottish climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1994 and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1995, died on Everest, aged 43.
2000 Ang Dawa Tamang, Nepalese climber, who ascended Annapurna I three times (1994, 1998 and 1999), Everest three times (1995, 1996 and 1997), Manaslu in 1998 and Nanga Parbat in 1999, died on Kangchenjunga, aged 28.
2010 Yun Chi-Won, Korean climber, who ascended Gasherbrum IV in 1999, K2 in 2000, Everest in 2007, Lhotse in 2008 and Makalu and Nanga Parbat in 2009, died on Manaslu, aged 39.