Almanac

26 April



Born on this day

1945 Sebastian Hölzl, Austrian climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 1986.
1952 Gian Mario Trimeri, Italian climber, who ascended Everest in 2007, where he also finished the Carstensz- and Kosciuszko-versions of the Seven Summits.
1954 Alan Hinkes, British climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 1987, Manaslu in 1989, the Cho Oyu-Plateau and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1990, Broad Peak in 1991, K2 in 1995, Everest, Gasherbrum I and II in 1996, Lhotse in 1997, Nanga Parbat in 1998, Makalu in 1999, Annapurna I in 2002, Dhaulagiri I in 2004 and Kangchenjunga in 2005.
1954 Kunio Kataoka, Japanese climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 1981.
1956 Donald Beavon, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1997 and Everest in 1998.
1959 José Ramón (Marron) Agirre, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Everest in 1993, Cho Oyu in 2002 and Gasherbrum II in 2003. He also finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits in 1994.
1959 Philip des Jardins, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1959 Vidar Larsen, Norwegian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2001.
1960 Elena (Lena) Gorelik, Russian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2010. The same year she also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits.
1963 Jeremy Anson, British climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2008.
1967 Michael Robert Matty, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2011, where he also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits.
1970 Nuru Chhiri, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2003, Everest twice (2004 and 2007) and Dhaulagiri I in 2005.
1972 Mingma Tshering III (aka Mingma Chhiring), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest nine times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013), Cho Oyu three times (2004 twice and 2014) and Manaslu in 2012.
1977 Tashi Tshering III, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), Lhotse twice in 2011 and Manaslu twice (2011 and 2013).
1982 Christoph Pies, German climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2013.
1991 Nima Tenzing II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013) and Manaslu three times (2011, 2012 and 2013).

First ascent on this day

1336 Mont Ventoux (1909 m) by the Italian poet Francesco Petrarca, who later was called the "Father of Alpinism".

First ascents on this day

2008 Kang Kuru (6344 m) by a British party.

Gone on this day

2010 László Várkonyi, Hungarian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 1987 and Cho Oyu in 1990, died on Everest, aged 53.