Born on this day

1971 Libor Uher, Czech climber, who ascended K2 in 2007, Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I in 2010 and Broad Peak in 2014.

Gone on this day

2006 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1993, Shisha Pangma Central- and West-Peaks in 1994, Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I in 1996, Lhotse in 1997, Manaslu in 2000, K2 in 2001, Annapurna I in 2002, Dhaulagiri I, Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak in 2003 and Shisha Pangma in 2004, died on Makalu, aged 40.

Summary 2009 - Part 6 - Completions
Saturday, 02 January 2010 16:53

The year 2009 was a year of many completions, as there were four climbers, who finished the fourteen Main-8000ers (Denis Urubko, Ralf Dujmovits, Veikka Gustafsson and Andrew Lock) and also three nations (Australia, Portugal and Finland). Apart from these national completions, also the first two nations finished with lady climbers, on May 18th Poland (Kinga Baranowska on Kangchenjunga, the first report about it here!) and on July 10th South Korea (Oh Eun-Sun on Nanga Parbat). Four other countries have twelve Main-8000ers so far, Spain (Annapurna I and Shisha Pangma left), Japan (Kangchenjunga and Annapurna I), Italy (Kangchenjunga and Annapurna I) and Austria (Everest and K2).

In addition also the Sherpa climbers finished finally the fourteen with Nanga Parbat last summer (Dawa Wangchuk). The only other Nepalese, who was on top of Nanga Parbat before, was a Tamang. Three other Nepalese tribes are on their way to collect all 8000ers as well, the Tamang have nine Main-8000ers plus Yalung Kang and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak, the Gurung have nine plus Shisha Pangma Central-Peak and the Bhutia (or Bhotia) have eight Main 8000ers.

Summary 2009 - Part 5 - TOP FIVE
Friday, 01 January 2010 13:44

New Year, new tables! There is a big difference between the five highest 8000ers and the nine lower 8000ers. On the Finnmaps Nr. 5, Makalu is 8485 m and Nr. 6, Cho Oyu, 8188 m. So the difference is 297 metres! The "Top 5" or the "Five Higher Giants" all were first ascended with bottled oxygen, with the exceptions of Manaslu and Gasherbrum I the lower ones not. So the statistics of the "TOP 5" is very interesting. In 2009 eight climbers finished them, this is a new record, and also the first three lady climbers finished. So Miss Oh was the first woman to achieve this remarkable feat. Here you can find all the 43 climbers! The three lady climbers used bottled oxygen, Edurne Pasaban on Everest and Kangchenjunga, Oh Eun-Sun on Everest and K2 and the late Go Mi-Sun on all five "Higher Giants", but she did it in unbelievable two years and two days only. From the 43 successful climbers only 15 did it without additional oxygen, you can download the list here!

Summary 2009 - Part 4 - Routes and some Ascents Tables
Thursday, 31 December 2009 15:14

Ten updated routes tables are posted here ! Apart from the new Korean route on Everest there were new routes on Nanga Parbat and Cho Oyu. In addition there are now the complete ascent tables to date on Kangchenjunga, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I and Shisha Pangma. Also the draft table with the Shisha Pangma Central-Peak ascents is updated, but not all of the ascents of this peak are reported nowadays, so it needs help to complete the table.

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. 

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