Almanac

27 November



Born on this day

1920 Andrew John Kauffman, American pioneer, who, accompanied by Peter Schoening, achieved the first ascent of Gasherbrum I in 1958. He died in 2002, aged 82.
1932 Fritz Zintl, German climber, who ascended Yalung Kang in 1975, Lhotse in 1977, Shisha Pangma in 1980 and Manaslu in 1984. He died in 1996, aged 63.
1936 Michel Vaucher, Swiss pioneer, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1960. He died in 2008, aged 71.
1944 Wolfgang Nairz, Austrian climber, who ascended Everest in 1978.
1946 Kuniaki Yagihara, Japanese climber, who ascended Yalung Kang in 1981, Everest in 1985 and Cho Oyu in 1993.
1954 Fabio Pedrina, Swiss climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1994.
1959 Boris Kovačević, Croatian climber, who ascended Ngozumpa Kang II (7743 m) in 1987.
1962 Conrad Anker, American climber, who ascended Everest three times (1999, 2007 and 2012). In 1999 he also discovered the corpse of George Mallory.
1965 David Donaldson, Australian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1999.
1966 Fausto Manuel Blanco, Spanish Galician climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1998.
1967 Ryushi Hoshino, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu and Everest in 1993, Gasherbrums I and II in 1997 and Shisha Pangma in 1999. He disappeared in 2001 on Dhaulagiri I, aged 33.
1967 Martin Minařík, Czech climber, who ascended Manaslu in 1999, Kangchenjunga in 2002, Broad Peak in 2003, Shisha Pangma in 2004, Cho Oyu in 2005, Lhotse in 2007, Dhaulagiri I in 2008 and Annapurna I East-Peak in 2009, where he died on descent, aged 41.
1967 Terence (Banjo) Bannon, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2003.
1968 Park Jong-Kwan, Korean climber, who ascended Everest in 2003.
1969 Pier Carlo Martoia, Italian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2002, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2004 and Gasherbrum II in 2006.
1972 Claire Roche, French lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2001. She was accompanied by her husband Bertrand, together they descended with a tandem paraglider. With Bertrand she also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits in 2002.
1972 Tomoyasu Sano, Japanese climber, who ascended Gasherbrum I in 1997.
1972 Frédéric Roux, Swiss climber, who ascended Everest, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak and Cho Oyu in 2001, Gasherbrums I and II in 2007 and Makalu in 2014.
1973 Mingma Chhiri II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2002.
1974 Eisuke Shigekawa, Japanese climber, who ascended Everest in 1996 and Gyachung Kang in 2005.
1978 Kim Hyong-Chul, Korean climber, who ascended Everest in 2005.
1979 Tomáš Petreček, Czech climber, who ascended Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II in 2013.
1980 Pemba Nuru IV, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013).