Almanac

19 October



Born on this day

1918 Charles Evans, British pioneer, who led the expedition, that resulted in the first ascent of Kangchenjunga in 1955. Also he was the altitude record holder for three days together with Tom Bourdillon, when he ascended Everest South Summit on May 26th, 1953. He died in 1995, aged 77.
1929 Zbigniew Rubinowski, Polish pioneer, who participated in the first ascent of Kangbachen (7903 m, subsidiary peak of Kangchenjunga) in 1974. He died in 1997, aged 67.
1958 Shigeto Nishida, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003.
1959 James Litch, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1995 and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak and Cho Oyu in 1999.
1964 Alexander von Cramm, German climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1965 Brunhilde Kahn, Austrian lady climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2013.
1967 Herman Kristen, Dutch climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2008.
1968 Dušan Polenik, Slovenian climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1998. He died later that year in the Slovenian Alps, aged 30.
1969 Samdu, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 1999.
1979 Serkan Girgin, Turkish climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2005 and Everest in 2006.
1982 Takeshi Yamamura, Japanese climber, who ascended Everest twice (2003 and 2011).
1984 Kenro Nakajima, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2011 and Manaslu in 2013.
1986 Umesh Rai, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1987 Tanner Bixler, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2008.

First ascents on this day

1954 Cho Oyu (8188 m) by an Austrian party.
1962 Nilgiri I (7061 m) by a Franco-Dutch party.
1970 Ngadi Chuli (aka "Peak 29", 7871 m) by a Japanese party (disputed).
1979 Salasungo (7043 m) by a Japanese-Nepalese party.
1987 P. 6247 (South of Gori Chen) by an Indian party.
2001 Karjiang III (aka Taptol Kangri, 6824 m) by a Dutch party.

Gone on this day

1970 Japanese climber Hiroshi Watanabe (27) and Nepalese Sherpa climber Lhakpa Tsering (34), who probably made the first ascent of Ngadi Chuli (7871 m) on this day, died both on descent.
1988 Two Czech climbers, Leoš Horka (44), who ascended Nanda Devi in 1981, and Petr Gříbek (45) died after summiting Tilicho (7134 m).