Almanac

16 July



Born on this day

1872 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, who was the first to travel to the South Pole and back in the season 1911/1912. He died in 1928, aged 55.
1928 Andrzej Maria (Lider) Zawada, Polish climber, who was famous for his first ascent of Kunyang Chhish (7852 m) in 1971 and for leading two historical expeditions to Everest in 1980, the first winter ascent and the first ascent of the South Pillar. He died in 2000, aged 72.
1936 Masahiro Harada, Japanese pioneer, who ascended Himalchuli in 1960.
1937 Werner Johann Berger, Canadian climber, who ascended Everest in 2007, where he also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits.
1939 Eiko Funahashi, Japanese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2011.
1944 Maximilian Horst Fankhauser, Austrian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1956 Roger Payne, British climber, who participated in many expeditions to High Asia including Broad Peak in 1992, K2 in 1993, Nanda Devi in 1994 and Changabang in 1997. He died in 2012 in an avalanche on the Mont Blanc massif, aged 55.
1961 Paul Boslooper, Dutch climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003 and Everest in 2005.
1965 Paul James, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2009.
1966 Michael (Mike) Horn, South African (also Swiss) climber, who ascended Gasherbrum I and II in 2007, Broad Peak in 2010 and Makalu in 2014.
1970 Horacio Daniel Galanti, Argentinean climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1972 Ry Fable, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2009 and Everest in 2016.
1972 Sergio Heredia Silva, Spanish climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2013.
1972 Harold Earls, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1973 Daniel Laurence Charles Fuller, British climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2017.
1975 Pasang Karma III, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1977 Kami Singe Syangba Tamang, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest in 2006, Makalu in 2008, Dhaulagiri I in 2010 and Manaslu in 2013.
1979 Till Kramann, German climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2012.
1980 Håkon Åsvang, Norwegian climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1982 Dorje Gyalzen, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest forteen times (twice in 2007, 2008, 2009, twice in 2010, three times in 2011, 2012, 2013, twice in 2016 and in 2017), Manaslu twice (2008 and 2010), Cho Oyu twice (2009 and 2016) and Lhotse in 2013.
1982 Dawa Finchok, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 2009, Everest three times (2010, 2012 and 2016) and Kangchenjunga in 2011.

First ascents on this day

1932 Rakhiot Peak (7070 m) by a German party.
1983 Baintha Brakk II (6960 m) by a party from South Korea.

Gone on this day

1986 Renato Casarotto, Italian climber, who made the first ascent of Broad Peak North (7490 m) in 1983 and ascended Gasherbrum II in 1985, died on K2, aged 38.
1989 Bruno Cormier, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1988, died, aged 28.