Almanac

23 September



Born on this day

1936 Sylvain Saudan, Swiss climber and extreme-skier, who ascended Gasherbrum I in 1982, where he did the first complete ski-descent on any 8000er.
1943 Hansruedi Wirth, Swiss climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1998.
1948 Adrian and Alan Burgess, British climbers, twin brothers, who ascended Dhaulagiri I together in 1981. Adrian also climbed Everest in 1989.
1949 Karl Horn, German climber, who ascended Manaslu in 1981.
1950 Hitoshi Onodera, Japanese climber, who ascended Everest in 1998.
1953 Josep Barrachina, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1993.
1953 Pasquale Scaturro, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1997 and Everest in 1998.
1954 Richard (Rick) O'Bryan, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2001.
1954 Franz Scharmüller, Austrian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1955 Rupert Michael Heider, Swiss climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2002 and Everest in 2004. He also finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits in 2010.
1955 Pierangelo Maurizio, Italian climber, who ascended Everest in 2007 and died on descent, aged 51.
1956 Peter Ford, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003.
1956 Marnix Lefever, Belgian climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1982.
1956 Johanne Veilleux, Canadian lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1957 Ronald Kauk, famous American free-climber. He also participated in the first ascent of the very difficult Uli Biaho Tower (6109 m) in 1979.
1962 Helmut Hackl, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1999 and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2011.
1963 Yuri Koshelenko, Russian climber, who ascended Lhotse Central-Peak in 2001 and Nuptse East-Peak in 2003, both were participations in first ascents.
1963 Helmut Steger, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1964 Margit Zenk-Schweizer, German lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1964 Mingmar Tamang, Nepalese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2002 and Makalu twice (2009 and 2011).
1966 Tomonori Watai, Japanese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2011.
1968 Erik Weihenmayer, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2001, finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits in 2002 and the Carstensz-version in 2008. On all three achievements he was the first blind person.
1968 Lama Babu I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2004, 2005 and 2006).
1970 Parvaneh Kazemi, Iranian lady climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2011 and Everest and Lhotse in 2012.
1973 Lakpa, Nepalese Sherpani lady climber, who ascended Everest six times (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006).
1974 Tika Ram Gurung, Nepalese climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2003, K2 in 2004, Gasherbrum I in 2005, Cho Oyu in 2006 and Everest in 2009.
1975 Shaunna Marie Burke, Canadian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2005.
1979 Laleh Keshavarz, Iranian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2005.
1979 Moktar Naveh, Iranian climber, who ascended Broad Peak Foresummit in 2008.
1983 Gaurav Sharma, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2009.
1985 Sonam Finjo (aka Ang Pinzo), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013) and Manaslu in 2011.

First ascents on this day

1936 Siniolchu (6887 m) by a German party.
1938 Swachand (6721 m) by an Austrian party.

Gone on this day

2012 Ludovic Challeat, French climber, who ascended Kamet in 2005, Cho Oyu in 2006, Everest twice (2007 and 2009), Makalu in 2008, Manaslu twice (2008 and 2011), Gasherbrum II in 2010 and Kangchenjunga in 2011, died in an avalanche on Manaslu, aged 42.
2012 Fabrice Priez, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006 and Manaslu in 2011, died in an avalanche on Manaslu, aged 45.
2012 Alberto Magliano, Italian climber, who ascended Everest in 2002 and Cho Oyu in 2007. He also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits in 2003. He died in an avalanche on Manaslu, aged 66.
2012 Other victims of the avalanche on Manaslu on this day were the following: Nepalese Sherpa climber Dawa Dorje, German climber Christian Mittermeyer, Spanish Catalan climber Martí Gasull, French climbers Rémy George Lécluse, Philippe Lucien Bos, Gregory Ugo (Greg) Costa and lady climber Catherine Marie Andrée Ricard and Canadian climber Dominique Ouimet.