Almanac

Born on this day

1953 Janez Šušteršič, Slovenian climber, who ascended Tirich Mir East-Peak (7692 m) in 1978.


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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Summary 2009 - Part 3 - Nations
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 14:53

Apart from Everest and Manaslu all Nations tables are updated! On Everest nations Nr. 79 (San Marino), 80 (Moldova) and 81 (Panama) were successful. Please check the new nations on the other 8000ers within the tables.

 
Summary 2009 - Part 2 - Fatalities
Tuesday, 29 December 2009 18:32

Please find in the Download Section all updated fatality tables!

There were over 450 ascents and five fatalities on Everest, no ascent and one fatality on K2, 25 ascents and no fatality on Kangchenjunga, 25 ascents and one fatality on Lhotse, 27 ascents and one fatality on Makalu, 16 ascents in spring (plus well over 100 ascents in fall) and two fatalities on Cho Oyu, 35 ascents and two fatalities on Dhaulagiri I, 30 ascents in spring (plus a similar number in fall) and two fatalities on Manaslu, 22 ascents and two fatalities on Nanga Parbat, three ascents and one fatality on Annapurna I, 19 ascents and no fatality on Gasherbrum I, no ascent and one fatality on Broad Peak, two confirmed ascents and one fatality on Gasherbrum II and two ascents and one fatality in autumn on Shisha Pangma. 

 
Summary 2009 - Part 1 - Everest and Collectors
Monday, 28 December 2009 14:42

It was difficult this year to compile the chronicles. Some false information was around on the net, but it was sorted out finally. The countings of the ascents of Everest are not finished yet, there were over 450! The fatalities table and the table with ascents without bottled oxygen (addition: Ludovic Challeat!) are updated already. The others will follow as soon as possible!

 

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Confusion on Shisha Pangma’s North Face Routes solved
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 18:19

Andrew Lock finished the 14 8000ers on October 2nd with Shisha Pangma. It was reported, that he made a variant of the “Iñaki route”, which is not correct.
 
To end confusion, 18 months ago the table with all routes and variants was published here and the original story with route sketch here, including a long forgotten route.

Austrian climbers made the first traverse to the East ridge in autumn 1980. It was published in the American Alpine Journal 1981, page 309, but forgotten in all publications afterwards until the launch of this website. The handmade route sketch was drawn by a member of the Austrian expedition and it was allowed to publish here under copyright.

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Another New Route Attempt on Cho Oyu
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 10:58

Chech climber Leopold Sulovský is leading an expedition to Cho Oyu. They will attempt to climb a new route on the SW Face. Details are reported here!

 
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