Almanac

24 February



Born on this day

1920 Ernst (Ere) Reiss, Swiss pioneer, who ascended Lhotse in 1956 (first ascent). He died in 2010, aged 90.
1943 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian climber, who ascended Lhotse in 1981 and Everest in 1984, where he died on descent, aged 41.
1943 Masaaki Hatakeyama, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1995.
1946 Bogdan Brakus, Croatian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1986.
1948 Christopher M. (Kris) Kopczynski, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1981 and Cho Oyu in 2004. He also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits in 1991 and the Carstensz-version in 1994.
1954 Juan Ignacio (Atxo) Apellaniz, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Cho Oyu twice (1985 and 1990), Gasherbrum II in 1987, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1990, Nanga Parbat in 1992 and K2 in 1994, where he died on descent, aged 40.
1958 Yuri Baikovski, Russian climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2000.
1959 Ellen Miller, American lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2000, Everest twice (2001 and 2002), Lhotse in 2009 and Manaslu in 2010.
1964 François-Guy Thivierge, Canadian climber, who ascended Everest in 2008. He also finished the Carstensz- and Kosciuszko-versions of the Seven Summits in 2009.
1966 Lee In, Korean climber, who ascended Everest twice (1997 and 2002).
1972 Melissa Rachel Bowerman, British lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1973 Iban Ciriza, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 2007.
1974 Han Byung-Yup, Korean climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2003.
1981 Pasang Kaji, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2007, Manaslu in 2008 and Everest three times (2009, 2010 and 2012).
1983 Ki Dorjee, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2013, 2016 and 2017).
1987 Pemba Chhiri, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I twice (2010 and 2011) and Everest in 2017.
1988 Nima Lhaten Lama, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1991 Mingma Sona, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2013, 2016 and 2017).
1992 Sonam Phuntsok, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2017.

First ascents on this day

1937 Nevado Tres Cruces Central (6629 m) by a Polish party.
1988 Kangtö I (aka Kanggardo, 7060 m) by a Japanese party.