Almanac

16 September



Born on this day

1949 John Smolich, American climber, who ascended Tirich Mir in 1982. He died in 1986 in an avalanche on K2, aged 36.
1958 Antonia (Ansja) de Boer, Dutch lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996 and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1998.
1958 Rafael Fuentes, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1992.
1959 Renato Pizzagalli, Italian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1960 Yuki Ikegami, Japanese lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1992.
1960 Jethro Robinson, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1964 Josette Valloton, Swiss lady climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2001, Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in 2004 and Lhotse in 2009.
1967 Tadej Golob, Slovenian climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1998 and Everest in 2000.
1969 Mohammad Oraz, Iranian climber, who ascended Rakaposhi in 1997, Everest in 1998, Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma in 2000, Makalu in 2001 and Lhotse in 2002. He died in 2003 in hospital after avalanche caused injuries on Gasherbrum I, aged 33.
1970 Regidor Pablo, Philippine climber, who ascended Everest in 2007.
1976 Laurent Butaye, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2013.
1977 Nima Yazdipour, Iranian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2000 and Everest in 2009.
1978 Michael (Mick) Allen, British climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2013.
1980 Ole Mose Nielsen, Danish climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2012 and Everest in 2013.

First ascents on this day

1989 Matho Kangri III (6121 m) by an Indian party.
1989 Hagshu (c 6300 m) by a British party.

Gone on this day

1911 Edward Whymper, British pioneer, who made the first ascent of Chimborazo accompanied by two Piedmontese guides in 1880. He died, aged 71.
1996 José Luis (Zulu) Zuloaga, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 1983, died during a training climb on Ice Tooth near Shisha Pangma by an avalanche, aged 42.