Almanac

20 April



Born on this day

1937 Gottfried Heinzel, Austrian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 1985.
1948 Ángel Cianca, Spanish Cantabrian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1955 Zoltan Demjan, Slovak climber, who was the first to ascend the Lhotse South Face to Lhotse Shar in spring 1984. He also ascended the South Pillar of Everest in autumn 1984 without bottled oxygen and the SW Pillar of Dhaulagiri I in 1988.
1962 Romano Benet, Italian climber, who ascended, accompanied by his wife Nives Meroi, Nanga Parbat in 1998, Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in 1999, Gasherbrum II, Gasherbrum I and Broad Peak in 2003, Lhotse in 2004, Dhaulagiri I and K2 in 2006, Everest in 2007, Manaslu in 2008, Kangchenjunga in 2014, Makalu in 2016 and Annapurna I in 2017, where he finished the 14 Main-8000ers.
1962 Kami Tshering I (aka Ang Chhiring), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest fourteen times (1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2018), Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1995, Cho Oyu seven times (2000, 2001, 2002, twice in 2004, 2007 and 2009) and K2 in 2014.
1963 Pavel Budný, Czech climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2011.
1968 Dzhamilia Murtazina, Russian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.
1971 Jean François Bourgine, French climber, who ascended Makalu in 2008.
1971 Miguel Fernández, Spanish Valencian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1974 Piotr Szawarski, British climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2005.
1974 Craig Alan Barlow, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1976 Kim Seong-Seok, Korean climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1997.
1977 Nima Kancha III, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest six times (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016) and Makalu and Cho Oyu in 2014.
1978 Usukhbayar Golovdorj, mongolian climber, who ascended Everest twice (2005 and 2006).
1980 Nima Thundu, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2007, 2011 and 2013).
1981 Robert Masana, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2005.
1982 Muhammad Muqharabbin Mokhtarrudin, Malaysian climber, who ascended Everest in 2004.
1983 Suneel Kumar, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.
1983 Cen Gu-Yu, Chinese climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.
1985 Ruslan Kirichenko, Russian climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2013.
1986 Lal Bahadur Waiba, Nepalese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2014.

Gone on this day

1996 Fritz Zintl, German climber, who ascended Yalung Kang in 1975, Lhotse in 1977, Shisha Pangma in 1980 and Manaslu in 1984, died, aged 63.