Almanac

26 August



Born on this day

1941 Valentin Ivanov, Russian climber, who ascended Everest in 1982.
1951 Edward Gray Watkins, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2014.
1953 Janez Šušteršič, Slovenian climber, who ascended Tirich Mir East-Peak (7692 m) in 1978.
1956 Sergei Zuev, Russian climber, who ascended Lhotse in 1997. He died in 2005 on Jengish Chokusu (7439 m), aged 48.
1957 Alain Toussaint, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003.
1959 Zdenko (Veki) Veljačić, Bosnian climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2008.
1963 Gabriel Joseph Viti, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2010.
1964 Choi Byong-Soo, Korean climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1993 and Gasherbrum II in 1996. He died on Everest in 1997, aged 33.
1964 James L. Gagne, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2006, where he also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits.
1965 Gregory A. Konrath, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2008. He also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits in 2008.
1966 Chen Jun-Chi, Chinese climber, who ascended Everest in 2003.
1966 David William Buchwald, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2017.
1967 Ang Phurba V, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu four times (1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005) and Everest twice (2006 and 2007).
1971 Sharon Cohrs, Australian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2011.
1972 Yukio Matsuhira, Japanese climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 2014.
1974 Tadaaki Toyoshima, Japanese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 1997.
1978 Ramón Romero Gallego, Spanish climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2018.
1979 Ngima II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2009 and Broad Peak in 2014.
1980 Omid Amohammadi, Iranian climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2012.
1982 Konrad Gasser, Swiss climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2014 and Manaslu in 2017.
1985 Jangbu VI, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest seven times (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016), Manaslu in 2015 and Lhotse and Makalu in 2017.
1985 Kami Nuru, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twice (2009 and 2012), Manaslu twice (2011 and 2014) and Makalu in 2019.
1985 Suresh Chhetri, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.
1986 Pemba Chhiring I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twice (2016 and 2019) and Kangchenjunga in 2018.
1989 Sona Chhiri (aka Sona), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Manaslu twice (2015 and 2018) and Everest three times (2016, 2018 and 2019).
1989 Lakpa Thendu, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1991 Shashank Tewari, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2017.
1994 Ngima Rita, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twice (2016 and 2018).

First ascents on this day

1939 Sajama (6542 m) by an Italo-German party.
1963 Shah Dhar (6550 m) by a Swiss party.
1965 Wasam Zom (6135 m) by an Italian party.
1971 Kunyang Chhish (7852 m) by a Polish party.
1976 Pik Sovetskoi Armii (c. 6175 m) by a Russian party.

Gone on this day

2011 George Christopher Band, British pioneer, who was a member of the successful Everest expedition in 1953 and who ascended Kangchenjunga in 1955 (first ascent) together with Joe Brown, died, aged 82.