Almanac

23 May



Born on this day

1948 Akio Okamoto, Japanese climber, who ascended Tirich Mir in 1971.
1954 Hiro Komamiya, Japanese climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1982.
1959 Andrzej Marciniak, Polish climber, who ascended Everest in 1989 and Annapurna I in 1996. He died in 2009 on Posrednia Gran in the High Tatras, aged 50.
1961 William Lhotta, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2001.
1963 Daniel De Gabai, French climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2015.
1964 Igor Khalatian, Armenian climber, who ascended Everest in 2002.
1966 Giorgios Argyris, Greek climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2000 and Everest in 2004.
1968 Lobsang Temba, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest six times (1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2010) and Cho Oyu seven times (1996, 2001, 2002, twice during six days in autumn 2003, 2004 and 2005).
1969 Antoine de Choudens, French adventurer, who was the only person, who skied to both Poles unsupported (North Pole 1996, South Pole 1999) and did Everest without bottled oxygen as well. He was the uncrowned "King of the Three Poles". He also ascended Cho Oyu in 1999, together with his wife Sandrine. He died near Shisha Pangma in 2003, aged 34.
1971 Ram Singh, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2008.
1973 Svevo Mondino, Italian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1973 Phurba Tshering I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2005, 2012 and 2016) and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2006.
1973 James Lawrence (Jim) Walkley, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2014.
1974 Ngima I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twice (2005 and 2007).
1977 Maria da Conceição, Portuguese lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1978 Matej Flis, Slovenian climber, who ascended Everest in 2000 and Broad Peak in 2012.
1978 Lhakpa Nuru V, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest five times (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010) and Cho Oyu twice (2006 and 2007).
1979 Carlos Alberto Martínez, Spanish Andalusian climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 2014 and Annapurna I in 2016.
1988 Phurba Tenzing I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest eight times (twice in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016) and Manaslu in 2011.

First ascents on this day

1974 Shartse (7457 m) by a German party.
1982 Bublimotin (5990 m) by a French party.
1988 Menlungtse West-Peak (7023 m) by a British party.
2001 Lhotse Central-Peak (8410 m) by a Russian party.

Gone on this day

1998 Sergei Arsentiev (39), Russian climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 1989, Everest in 1990 and Annapurna I in 1991. He ascended Everest in 1998 for the second time (both from the North), this time with his wife Francys (40), both were without bottled oxygen and tragically died on descent.
2001 Peter Ganner, Austrian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1987, died on Everest, aged 57.
2008 Ignacio (Iñaki) Ochoa de Olza, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1995, Gasherbrum I and II in 1996, Lhotse in 1999, Everest in 2001, Cho Oyu twice (2001 and 2004), Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak in 2003, Makalu and K2 in 2004, Manaslu and Shisha Pangma in 2006 and Dhaulagiri I in 2007. He died on Annapurna I, aged 40.