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Born on this day

1959 Zdenko (Veki) Veljačić, Bosnian climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2008.


First ascents on this day

1963 Shah Dhar (6550 m) by a Swiss 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.


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Oh Eun-Sun summited Annapurna I today!
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 11:02

Korean sites published the success of Oh Eun-Sun on Annapurna I today. Now she's celebrating being the first lady climber, who ascended all 14 8000ers.

Congratulations!

The tables will be updated as soon as possible! 

Korean Times

 
The "Race"
Monday, 26 April 2010 12:51

It was not meant to be a „race“ between Edurne Pasaban, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner and Nives Meroi two years ago. But since the Korean ladies Oh Eun-Sun and Go Mi-Sun climbed one 8000er after the other, everything has changed. Now Edurne Pasaban and Oh Eun-Sun have thirteen of the fourteen each and Miss Oh could finish the “race” on Annapurna within the next days.

Since quite a while some doubts were discussed among climbers especially concerning the ascent in stormy weather on Kangchenjunga last year, but nobody wanted to talk about it in public. But now Ferran Latorre published his doubts, after one Sherpa climber told Edurne Pasaban just recently, that he would know, that they did not go to the summit. After a long conversation between Elizabeth Hawley and Edurne Pasaban it’s now up to Miss Hawley to clear it in detail. At the moment the summit is marked as ”disputed”. She will ask the three Sherpa climbers again and also Miss Oh after her return from Annapurna. It is possible, that it might be marked as “unrecognized”, when all facts are finally cleared.

The achievement to be the first woman on all 14 8000ers is a big one and it should be cleared exactly, if there are reasonable doubts.

In the mean time Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner is attempting the North Face of Everest with her husband Ralf Dujmovits without bottled oxygen.


Ferran Latorre

BBC
Overview about the TOP 5 ladies

 
Everest 2009 - Additional Information
Friday, 23 April 2010 19:23

After a long research the ascents table, the nations table, the routes table and the daily ascents table on Everest are updated now! For 2009 apart from some Tibetan names everything is as correct and complete as possible.

Link to the Everest tables overview

 
Summits on Annapurna I
Sunday, 18 April 2010 12:37

Edurne's website published the news yesterday. She climbed her 13th 8000er! Now she only needs Shisha Pangma to finish the 14! Nacho Orviz (8000er Nr. 5), Alex Txikon (7) and Asier Izaguirre (5) also summited and Portuguese climber João Garcia finished the 14! The four relevant tables are already updated in the Download section!

Original source

 
Luca Vuerich Lost in Slovenia
Saturday, 23 January 2010 13:23

Sad News about Luca Vuerich, the companion of Nives Meroi and Romano Benet. He died yesterday after an avalanche in the Slovenian Alps. The original message you can find here!

Luca Vuerich ascended Gasherbrum II, Gasherbrum I and Broad Peak in 2003, Lhotse in 2004 and Manaslu in 2008. He was only 34 years old! 

Heartfelt condolences go to his family and friends!

 
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