Born on this day

1973 Aznaur Akkaev, Russian climber, who ascended Everest and Manaslu in 2017 and Lhotse in 2018.

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.

More Gasherbrum II Summits Today
Friday, 22 July 2011 12:03

Alex Txikon ascended Gasherbrum II today, only nine days after he summited Gasherbrum I. It was his ninth Main-8000er! Also Louis Rousseau summited with him (3rd 8000er)!

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Additional Gasherbrum I plus Gasherbrum II Summits
Friday, 15 July 2011 12:55

On July 13th five more climbers ascended Gasherbrum I! They were Juanra Madariaga (Spain, 5th Main-8000er), Günther Unterberger (Austria, 2nd), Stephan Zechmann (Austria, 1st), Alex Txikon (Spain, 8th), Rick Allen (UK, 4th) and Mario Panzeri (13th!!).

On July 14th there were five climbers reported on top of Gasherbrum II:

Dutch climber Elio Schiljen, the three Austrian climbers Otto Harrer (2nd), Hubert Leitner (2nd) and Toni Rumpl and Italian climber Giampaolo Corona (3rd)!

Report (in German)

Report (in Italian)

Report (in Italian)

Gasherbrum I Summits
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 08:25

Today Austrians Gerfried Göschl (7th Main-8000er) and Hans Wenzl (3rd) and also Spanish Basque climber José Carlos Tamayo (5th) summited Gasherbrum I! Other climbers were on the way to the top as well (Günther Unterberger, Stefan Zechmann, Juanra Madariaga and Alex Txikon)! Louis Rousseau turned back from 50 metres below the top!

Report (in German)

Indian Lady Climbers, Kangchenjunga Details and Age Record
Sunday, 05 June 2011 21:40

Some remarkable feats were achieved by Indian lady climbers this year on Everest.

The first woman on top the past season was Tine Mena, who summited on May 9th and also was the first woman from the Indian Northeast state Arunachal Pradesh on top of the world!

In pre-monsoon 2010 nine female ascents were done by American lady climbers. This time the record was broken by Indian ladies! One of the also nine female climbers, Anshu Jamsenpa, ascended the mountain twice in the season within nine days, only Nepalese Sherpani Chhurim, who was part of the same expedition achieved the same feat two days earlier! In addition Indian ladies had 10 Everest ascents in May 2011!

Women from three more Indian states ascended Everest this year: Mrs. Premlata Agrawal, the first from Jharkand, was also the oldest Indian woman on top of Everest with the age of 45. The other two Indian states were Rajasthan with Nivedita Chaudhary and Bihar with Nirupama Pandey! Now 14 Indian states had at least one lady climber on top of Everest! Among the other successful Indian women was Sushma Kaushik, who summited with her husband and so they became the first Indian married couple!

The past season there were five new nations on top of Kangchenjunga: Iran (Azim Gheychisaz), Turkey (Tunç Findik), Ireland (Anselm Murphy), Azerbaijan (Israfil Ashurly) and Serbia (Dragan Čeliković)! Also the first lady climber from the Spanish province Asturias summited, Rosa Fernández! In addition the first two non-Tibetan Chinese climbers were on top of Kangchenjunga: Rao Jian-Feng from Guandong and Yang Chun-Feng from Xinjiang!

Not to forget the two Indian climbers from West Bengal, who summited Kangchenjunga after their success one year ago on Everest: Basanta Kumar Singha Roy and Debasish Biswas! 

And last but not least again an Indian climber achieved another remarkable record. Arjun Vajpai is not only the youngest climber on Lhotse, but also the youngest climber, who ever ascended both mountains, Everest and Lhotse!

New Records on Lhotse
Friday, 27 May 2011 14:30

Not only the first German lady climber summited Lhotse yesterday, but also the first Chinese lady climber, Wang Jing (36), who now has climbed four Main-8000ers after Cho Oyu in 2007, Manaslu in 2009 and Everest in 2010.

Also Zhang Liang from China summited, it was his 5th Main-8000er.

And last but not least Sherpa climber Phurba Tashi summited Lhotse as well and therefore is again in the lead with 26 ascents of Main-8000ers now.

Report with more details here

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