Almanac

24 August



Born on this day

1913 Charles Snead Houston, American pioneer, who was a member of the expedition to Nanda Devi (7816 m) in 1936, which resulted in the first ascent of the mountain and was led by Bill Tilman. He also led two K2 expeditions in 1938 and 1953 and died in 2009, aged 96.
1929 Pierre Mazeaud, French climber and politician, who ascended Everest in 1978.
1941 Benito Lodi, Italian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1994.
1943 Kazumi Shirai, Japanese lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003.
1944 Egbert Jacob (Kiek) Stam, Dutch climber, who ascended Everest in 2004 and Cho Oyu in 2006. He also finished the Kosciuszko- and Carstensz-versions of the Seven Summits in 2006.
1945 Janko Ažman, Slovenian climber, who ascended Makalu in 1975.
1946 Jun Yasumura, Japanese climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1999, Cho Oyu in 2001 and Everest in 2003.
1947 Ludwik Wilczyński, Polish climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1980.
1953 Pedro Manuel Nicolás, Spanish Madrilian climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 1990 and Gasherbrum II in 1994.
1955 Yevgeni Prilepa, climber from Tajikistan, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1991.
1956 Barbara Batko, Polish lady climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1997.
1958 Francisco (Patxi) Senosiain, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Kumbhakarna (aka Jannu, 7711 m) in 1981.
1960 Mikel Álvarez, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Everest in 2001. He also finished the Carstensz- and Kosciuszko-versions of the Seven Summits in 2002.
1961 Raphael Fenech Adami, Maltese climber, who ascended Everest in 2014.
1964 José Ramón Agraz, Spanish Aragonese climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 1994.
1964 Daq Braanaas, Norwegian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1964 Chhimi Urkyen Gurung, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest in 2011.
1966 Pedro Bergevoet, Dutch climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1966 Lhakpa VI, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2008 and Cho Oyu in 2009.
1968 Nathalie Fortin, Canadian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1969 William (Will) Stark, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2007.
1971 Karsang Namgyal/Namgel, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest nine times (1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009) and Cho Oyu seven times (1996, 2000, 2002, twice in 2003, 2004 and 2006). He died on Everest in 2012, aged 40.
1976 Eugenio Luis (Kiko) Guzman, Chilean climber, who ascended Everest twice (2004 and 2012) and Lhotse in 2006.
1977 Phu Tshering, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2009, 2010 and 2011).
1978 Ashwini Ajitshing Sadekar Pawar, Indian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2005.
1980 Nima Tenzi, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest five times (2003, 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2011), Cho Oyu in 2003, Gyachung Kang in 2005 and Manaslu twice (2006 and 2009).
1980 Kou Xiang-Wen, Chinese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2013.

First ascents on this day

1959 Saraghrar (7338 m) by an Italian party.
1967 Saraghrar South (7307 m) by a Japanese party.
1973 Brammah I (6416 m) by an Indo-British party, led by Chris Bonington.
1982 Kezi Sel (6525 m) by a British party.
2011 Saser Kangri II (Main/East-Peak, 7518 m) by an American party.

Gone on this day

1895 Albert F. Mummery, British pioneer, who disappeared on Nanga Parbat, aged 39.
1994 Jesús (Josu) García, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1993. He died on Khan Tangiri Shyngy, aged 39.
1998 Reinhard Patscheider, Italian (South Tyrolean) climber, who ascended Everest in 1995, died on Grand Combin, aged 41.