Almanac

30 May



Born on this day

1938 Halina Krüger-Syrokomska, Polish lady climber, who was the first woman on Gasherbrum II in 1975. She died on K2 in 1982, aged 44.
1954 Dhanjeet Tamang, Nepalese climber, who ascended Manaslu twice (1996 and 2002) and Cho Oyu in 2000.
1956 Svetlana Baskakova, lady climber from Uzbekistan, who ascended Everest in 1998. She died in 2005 on Jengish Chokusu (earlier Pik Pobedy, Chinese Tomur Feng, 7439 m), aged 49.
1960 Michel Baccard, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1960 Maryse Guillemette, French lady climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1999.
1960 Fernando Salvador Mello, Mexican climber, who ascended Everest in 2007.
1961 James Peter Haydock, Irish climber, who ascended Everest in 2010.
1962 Geir Jenssen, Norwegian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2001.
1969 Damien Gildea, Australian climber and adventurer, who wrote an excellent book about the Antarctic mountaineering history and helped to produce the most recent map of the Sentinel Range. He resurveyed several peaks there and the major result was the new altitude of the Vinson Massif, 4892 m.
1969 Kim Chang-Ho, Korean climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat twice (2005 and 2010), Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I twice each (2006 and 2011), K2 and Broad Peak in 2007, Makalu and Lhotse in spring 2008, Batura II (7762 m, first ascent!) in summer 2008, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri I in 2009, Kangchenjunga and Shisha Pangma in 2010, Annapurna I and Cho Oyu in 2011 and Everest in 2013, where he became the first Korean without bottled oxygen on Everest and on all 14 8000ers. In addition he achieved a new duration record with 7 years, 10 months and 6 days; the old record was achieved nearly 26 years earlier by the late Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka.
1973 Magdalena Prask, Polish lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2010.
1974 Fernando Peralta, Spanish Aragonese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003.
1974 Ian Wade, British climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003, Gasherbrum II in 2004 and Everest in 2005.
1975 Kamal Nayan, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1979 Estibaliz (Estitxu) Salinas, Spanish Basque lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2009.
1983 Sano Babu Sunuwar, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest in 2011.

First ascents on this day

1954 Baruntse (7152 m) by the party from New Zealand led by Edmund Hillary.
1955 Annapurna IV (7525 m) by a German party.
1969 Kanjiroba SW-Peak (6514 m) by a Japanese party.
1980 Panwali Doar (6663 m) by a Japanese party.
1981 Sudarshan Parbat (6507 m) by a Franco-Indian party.
2009 Lhaqensangrag (6123 m) by a Swiss climber.