Almanac

27 May



Born on this day

1935 Günther Stärker, Austrian climber, who participated in the first ascent of Disteghil Sar (7885 m) in 1960.
1947 Minoru Murakoshi, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2012.
1951 Sumiyoshi Yanagida, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2002.
1952 Mark Cole, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1998.
1958 Robert Boice, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996.
1958 Walter Turek, Austrian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1997. He died in 2000, aged 42.
1961 Valter Piazza, Italian climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2012.
1966 Walter Lenauer, Austrian climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2006.
1971 Berry van Welzen, Dutch climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1973 Christopher David G. Bell, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2006.
1980 Branislav Pastor, Slovakian climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2013.
1982 Aljaž Tratnik, Slovenian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006
1987 Ang Kami (c), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 2011 and Lhotse in 2013.

First ascents on this day

1939 Nepal Peak (7177 m) by a Swiss-German party.
1954 Pethangtse II (6572 m) by the party from New Zealand led by Edmund Hillary.
1969 Baihali Jot III (6281 m) by an Indish-British party.

Gone on this day

1989 Polish climbers Mirosław Gardzielewski (Dhaulagiri I 1983, Cho Oyu 1985), Mirosław Dąsal, Wacław Otręba (Dhaulagiri I 1983), Zygmunt Andrzej Heinrich (Kunyang Chhish 1971 - first ascent, Kangchenjunga Central-Peak 1978 - first ascent, Lhotse 1979, Cho Oyu and Nanga Parbat 1985) and leader Eugeniusz Chrobak (Kangchenjunga South-Peak 1978 - first ascent, Everest three days before in 1989) died after an avalanche on this day or the night after. It was the greatest catastrophe in the Polish mountaineering history.
1991 Junichi Futagami, Japanese climber, who ascended Everest that day, by a fall from 8700 m on the NE Ridge, aged 39.
1994 Michael (Mike) Rheinberger, Australian climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 1986 and Everest by the NE Ridge the day before, died by a fall from 8500 m on descent, aged 53.
1997 Vladimir Bashkirov, Russian climber, who ascended Annapurna in 1991, Everest twice (1993, 1997), Dhaulagiri in 1995, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1996 and Lhotse in 1997, where he died of illness on descent, aged 45.
2005 Rena, Tibetan climber, who ascended Everest twice (1990 and 1999), Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I in 1993, Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in 1994, Gasherbrum II in 1995, Manaslu in 1996, Nanga Parbat in 1997, Kangchenjunga and Lhotse in 1998, Broad Peak Foresummit in 2001, Makalu in 2003 and K2 in 2004, died during the approach march to Gasherbrum I by stonefall, aged 38.
2009 Sergei Samoilov, Russian climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 2005, Manaslu twice in 2006 and Dhaulagiri I and K2 in 2007, died on Lhotse, aged 51.