Almanac

31 August



Born on this day

1935 Boris Korshunov, Russian climber, who ascended Everest in 1999, Annapurna I Central-Peak in 2004 and Cho Oyu in 2007.
1941 Helmut Linzbichler, Austrian climber, who ascended Everest in 2008.
1942 Robert (Bob) Hoffman, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1997 and Everest twice (1998 and 2003). In 1998 he also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits.
1949 Tadeshi Sudo, Japanese climber, who ascended Tirich Mir (7708 m) in 1991. He died in 2000 on Rakaposhi (7788 m), aged 50.
1950 Marjan Manfreda, Slovenian climber, who participated in the first ascent of Kangbachen (subsidiary peak of Kangchenjunga, 7903 m) in 1974. He also ascended Makalu in 1975 and Dhaulagiri I in 2004.
1953 Robert Sloezen, American climber, who ascended Everest three times (1991, 1994 and 1998) and Cho Oyu in 1995.
1957 Mark Selland, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1993.
1958 Chiang Yung-Ta, Taiwanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1993.
1962 Edward Wheeler, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2002.
1963 Christian Haas, Austrian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996.
1963 Bruce Miller, American climber, who ascended Ngozumpa Kang II (7743 m) in 2002.
1968 Damian and Guillermo (Willie) Benegas, American twin brothers of Argentinean origin. Damian ascended Nuptse with his brother in 2003, Everest four times (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013) and Lhotse in 2012, while Willie also ascended Everest eleven times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 twice within eight days, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012), Cho Oyu twice (2005 and 2014) and Makalu in 2014.
1968 Rodja Ratteit, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1993 and Shisha Pangma in 1995. He disappeared in Patagonia in 1998, aged 30.
1972 Murad Ashurly, Russian climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1973 Nima Tendu (Nima Thenduk), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest six times (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2012.
1975 Andre Hanf, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2011.
1975 Christian Gerhard Konow, German climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1976 Richard Brill, German climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 2004 and Dhaulagiri I in 2007.
1976 Robin Matthew (Rob) Baker, Australian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2008.
1978 Phurba Gyalje/Gyalzen, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2011, 2012 and 2013).
1979 Pemba Rita, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu twice (2004 and 2009) and Everest six times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012).
1983 Lhakpa Gelu III, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2009, Dhaulagiri I in 2010 and Everest twice (2012 and 2013).
1984 Ngima Dorje, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2007, 2010, 2011 and 2013) and Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I in 2013.
1984 Ngima Tenji, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2011 and Makalu in 2012.
1985 Medhi Didault, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2007.
1986 Usha Bista, Nepalese Chhetri lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2008.
1986 Nima Gyalzen III, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest six times (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012) and Manaslu in 2009.
1991 Chhiring II (Tshering), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2012 and K2 in 2014.

First ascents on this day

1928 Pik 26 Baku-Komissarov (6834 m) by a German party.
1929 Chorten Ri (6381 m) by a Dutch party.
1935 P. 6471 (NE Kharta Changri) by a British party.
1983 Batura Sar East-Peak (aka Batura V, 7531 m) by a Polish party.
1986 Gyala Peri (7294 m) by a Japanese party.
1986 P. 6230 ("Kishtwar Weisshorn") by a British party.

Gone on this day

1982 Toshitaka Sakano, Japanese climber, who ascended Kumbhakarna (Jannu) in 1976 and Kangchenjunga in 1980. He was a member of a K2 expedition and died by a fall from the top of a hill before the return march, aged 38.