Almanac

03 July



Born on this day

1910 Fritz Kasparek, Austrian pioneer, who participated in the first ascent of the Eiger North Face. He died in 1954 at Salcantay in the Peruvian Andes, aged 43.
1933 Harish Chandra Singh Rawat, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 1965.
1945 Gary Neptune, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1983, Makalu in 1987 and Gasherbrum II in 1997.
1948 William (Bill) Zachary, American climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1998 and Everest in 2004, where he also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits.
1949 Michel Vincent, French climber (born in and also citizen of Brazil), who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1985, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1986, Cho Oyu in 1988, Everest in 1992 and Nanga Parbat in 1999.
1952 Russell Brice, climber from New Zealand, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak twice (1990 and 2001), Cho Oyu eight times (1990, three times in 1996, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005), Everest twice (1997 and 1998) and Manaslu in 2010.
1954 Tadeusz Kudelski, Polish climber, who ascended Everest in 1999 and died on descent, aged 44.
1954 Jeff Rhoads, American climber, who ascended Everest twice in 1998 and Nuptse and Gasherbrum II in 1999.
1955 Ronald Kevin (Ronnie) Muhl, South African climber, who ascended Everest in 2007.
1956 Lutgaarde Vivijs, Belgian lady climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1982, Nanga Parbat in 1986 and Gasherbrum II in 1988.
1956 Geoffrey Tabin, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1988 and finished the Carstensz- and Kosciuszko-versions of the Seven Summits in 1990.
1957 Ugo Giacomelli, Italian climber, who ascended K2 in 2004.
1958 Glen Anders, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1961 Thierry Defrance, French climber, who ascended Everest in 1992.
1967 María Isabel (Isa) García, Spanish Castilian lady climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 2006, Shisha Pangma in 2010 and Lhotse in 2011.
1968 Richard Stihler, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996, Gasherbrum II in 2000, Manaslu in 2007, Everest in 2012 and Broad Peak in 2014.
1972 Yuji Ogio, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1995 and Everest in 2000.
1973 Michael James Hasenstab, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1974 Zachary Derek Zaitzeff, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2011.
1976 Kim Min-Ho, Korean climber, who ascended Everest in 2006.
1977 Jafar Naseri, Iranian climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2012, where he died on descent, aged 34.
1979 Marco Astori, Italian climber, who ascended Broad Peak Foresummit in 2005, Everest in 2006 and Gasherbrum I in 2008.
1980 Daniel Hughes, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1982 Ngawang Tashi (aka Awang Zhaxi), Tibetan climber, who ascended Everest three times (2006, 2007 and 2008) and Cho Oyu in 2006.
1990 Mollie Jane Hughes, British lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.

First ascents on this day

1936 Gurudongmar (6715 m) by a British party.
1953 Nanga Parbat (8125 m) by an Austro-German party.
1978 Pasu Sar II (7295 m) by a Japanese-Pakistani party.
1979 Uli Biaho Tower (6109 m) by an American party.

Gone on this day

1988 Fritz Wiessner, German born pioneer, who led the American expedition to K2 in 1939 and, with Pasang Lama, reached ca. 8382 m without bottled oxygen, died, aged 88.
2003 Mikhail Turkevich, Ukrainian climber, who ascended Everest in 1982 and Kangchenjunga in 1989, died, aged 50.