Almanac

21 April



Born on this day

1939 Richard Goedeke, German climber, who made several first ascents in the Alps, especially in the Dolomites. He is also author of many books and a prominence pioneer. In the 1990's he added the so called notch depths to many peaks of the Alps in his books about the 4000ers and the 3000ers of the Dolomites.
1941 Kazimir Drasler, Slovenian climber, who ascended Annapurna II in 1969.
1944 Hans Ladreiter, Austrian climber, who ascended Lhotse in 1979. He died in 1986, aged 42.
1946 Herbert Zefferer, Austrian climber, who ascended Gasherbrum I in 1975.
1953 Tenzing Phinzo, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu four times (1995, twice in 1997 and 2000). He died in 2006 on Everest on his 53rd birthday.
1958 Voldemārs Sprūžs, Latvian climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2011 and Everest in 2013.
1959 José Ramón (Koke) Lasa, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1993, Gasherbrum I in 1995, Manaslu in 1997, Gasherbrum II in 2006 and Broad Peak and Shisha Pangma in 2007.
1960 Vit Morava, Czech climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1961 Scott Darsney, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1992 and Lhotse in 1996.
1961 Cristián García-Huidobro, Chilean climber, who ascended Everest in 1992, K2 in 1996 and Nanga Parbat in 2007.
1962 Charles Hornsby, Scottish climber, who ascended Everest in 1994.
1962 Peter Vaream, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1962 Thomas Slater (Tom) Burton, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1963 Juan Corró, Spanish Valencian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1995.
1964 Sylvie Fréchette, Canadian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2008.
1965 Yasushi Yamanoi, Japanese climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 1991, Gasherbrum II in 1993, Cho Oyu in 1994, K2 in 2000 and Gyachung Kang in 2002.
1966 Chhumbi, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2008, 2012 and 2013) and Gasherbrum I in 2008.
1967 Michael Beuter, German climber, who ascended Broad Peak Foresummit in 1997 and Cho Oyu in 1999.
1972 Dayula, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twice (2005 and 2006), Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2005 and Makalu in 2008.
1980 Chow E-Fung (Stefen), Malaysian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2004 and Everest in 2005.
1983 Aditya Karki, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.

First ascents on this day

1980 Ganesh V (6770 m) by a Nepalo-Japanese party.
1982 Gang Benchhen (7299 m) by a Japanese party.
1984 Nai Peng (7043 m) by a Chinese party.
1986 Kula Kangri (7538 m) by a Japanese party.
1989 Siguang Ri (aka Palungtse, 7309 m) by another Japanese party.

Gone on this day

1984 Hristo Ivanov Prodanov, Bulgarian climber, who ascended Lhotse in 1981 and Everest in 1984, where he died on descent, aged 41.
2006 Lhakpa Tshering III, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003) and Cho Oyu in 2005, died on Everest, aged 35. Also Tenzing Phinzo, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu four times (1995, twice in 1997 and 2000) died on Everest, just on his 53rd birthday.
2012 Namgyal Tshering (aka Namgyal Chhiri), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2009, twice in 2010 and 2011), died on Everest, aged 29.