Almanac

Born on this day

1958 Francisco (Curro) Gan, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 1990 and Everest in 1992.


First ascents on this day

1984 Lobuje South East (aka Abi, 6090 m) by the American climber Lawrence Neilson and the Nepalese Sherpa climber Ang Gyalzen.


Gone on this day

2002 Raymond David Caughron, American climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1994, died on Makalu during the night to April 26, aged 58.


Event on this day

2008 Launch of 8000ers.com, the site for all information about the mountains above 8000 metres and for many mountains below!


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Rescue Attempts abandoned on Makalu
Sunday, 30 May 2010 11:36

It seems, that there is no hope anymore for the Greek climber Zaharias (Haris) Kiriakakis (44), who was the first Greek to ascent Makalu on May 26th. Arnold Coster, the expedition leader abandoned the rescue attempts today. The last radio contact was on May 28th. Again, a very sad end of the season! Before Makalu Haris also climbed Cho Oyu in 2007 and Lhotse in 2008.

Our heartfelt condolences go to all, who knew and loved him!

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Broad Peak Ascender died after a Fall
Saturday, 29 May 2010 19:48

Austrian climber Peter Ressmann tragically died by a fall in the Austrian Alps. In 2006 he summited Broad Peak and in 2009 he was one of three climbers, who skied down Mount Saint Elias, which was documented in an excellent film.

Our condolences go to his family and friends!

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St. Elias film link

 
Success and Sorrow on Makalu
Saturday, 29 May 2010 16:27

On May 26th, Tunç Findik (Turkish), Arnold Coster (Dutch, expedition leader), Guntis Brands (Swiss), Haris Kiriakakis (Greek) and Nepalese Sherpa climbers Dawa, Lhakpa and Kancha summited Makalu by the normal route. So the first ascents from countries Nrs. 38 to 40 (Turkey, Netherlands and Greece) were achieved. 

On descent Haris became exhausted and so far he was not able to come down on his own.  Several attempts to help him failed. Hopefully there is still a chance to save his life!

Reports and continuously updated news you can find here!

 
Marty Schmidt summited Makalu on Monday
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 22:08

Shared Summits reported, that Marty Schmidt summited Makalu on May 24th. He ascended by the normal route. In 2001 he climbed Kangchenjunga and he also climbed Cho Oyu four times (twice within four days in 2001 and also twice within three days in 2004).

 
Another Age Record on Lhotse
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 10:10

On May 23rd, Tamara Lunger from South Tyrol in Italy was successful on Lhotse! She is now the youngest lady climber, who ascended this mountain with 23 years and 351 days!

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