Almanac

28 April



Born on this day

1949 Miharu Kitagawa, Japanese lady climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1988. She died in the Japanese Alps in 1995, aged 45.
1958 Frédéric Maurel, French climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1984 and Gyachung Kang in 1986.
1959 Erhard Loretan, Swiss climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 1982, Gasherbrum II, Gasherbrum I and Broad Peak in 1983 within 13 days, Manaslu and Annapurna I in 1984, K2 and Dhaulagiri I in 1985, Everest in 1986, Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak (new route on SW Face) in 1990, Makalu in 1991, Lhotse in 1994 and Shisha Pangma and Kangchenjunga in 1995. He was the third climber after Reinhold Messner and Jerzy Kukuczka, who ascended all of the 14 Main-8000ers. He died in the Alps on his 52nd birthday in 2011.
1959 Jangbu II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (1995, 1996, 1997 and 2004) and Manaslu in 2006.
1964 Jeff Miller, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2002.
1964 Christoph Nagel, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006 and Everest in 2007.
1968 Randolph Kidder (Randy) Luskey, American climber, who ascended Makalu in 2014.
1969 Katsuji Maeda, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1997.
1969 Sander Terwee, Dutch climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1970 Luc Jean Marie Boisnard, French climber, who ascended Everest in 2010.
1973 Nikolaus Gruber, Italian (Tyrolean) climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2013 and K2 in 2014.
1975 Dawa V, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twice (2010 and 2011).
1977 Carlo Wambeke, Belgian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1978 Marko Nikolić, Serbian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1979 Tseten Dorje, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2010, 2012 and 2013).
1980 Iris Bostjančić, Croatian lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2007 and Everest in 2009.
1982 Ang Dawa II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009).
1982 Pemba Dorje IV, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest twice (2004 and 2005).
1983 Rajika Sharma, Indian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2011.
1986 Dawa Jangbu II (aka Da Jangbu), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu twice (2006 and 2014) and Everest three times (2008, 2011 and 2013).
1986 Ang Gelu II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2010, 2012 and 2013).
1988 Mingma Temba II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga three times (2011, 2013 and 2014) and Everest in 2012.

First ascents on this day

1952 P. 6464 (above Nangpa La) by Edmund Hillary and George Lowe from New Zealand.
1986 Norin Kang (aka Noijinkangsang, 7206 m) by a Tibetan party.

Gone on this day

1958 Narendra Dhar (Nandu) Jayal, Indian climber, who ascended Kamet in 1955, died on Cho Oyu, aged 32.
1969 American climbers Boyd Everett, Paul Gerhard, Vincent Hoeman, William Ross and David Seidman and Nepalese Sherpa climbers Pema Phutar and Panboche Tensing died in an avalanche on Dhaulagiri I. Only one American survived. It was Lou Reichardt, who later became the first climber, who ascended K2 without bottled oxygen.
1980 Nicolas Jaeger, French climber, who participated in the first French ascent of Everest in 1978, disappeared on Lhotse Shar, aged 33.
1983 Fritz Luchsinger, Swiss climber, who participated in the first ascent of Lhotse in 1956 and ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1980 as well, died on Shisha Pangma, aged 62.
2004 Patrick Berhault, French climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 1988 and Everest in 2003, died on Täschhorn (Swiss Alps), aged 46.
2009 Giuseppe Antonelli, Italian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2005, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2006 and Lhotse in 2008, died on Manaslu, aged 38.
2010 Bartolomé (Tolo) Calafat, Spanish Balearic climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2004, Everest in 2006 and Annapurna I the day before he died on descent, aged 39.
2011 Erhard Loretan, Swiss climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 1982, Gasherbrum II, Gasherbrum I and Broad Peak in 1983 within 13 days, Manaslu and Annapurna I in 1984, K2 and Dhaulagiri I in 1985, Everest in 1986, Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak (new route on SW Face) in 1990, Makalu in 1991, Lhotse in 1994 and Shisha Pangma and Kangchenjunga in 1995. He was the third climber after Reinhold Messner and Jerzy Kukuczka, who ascended all of the 14 Main-8000ers. He died in the Alps on his 52nd birthday.