Almanac

22 May



Born on this day

1942 Valeri Khomutov, Russian climber, who ascended Everest in 1982.
1950 Filip (Ta črn) Bence, Slovenian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 1989.
1957 Juan Carlos del Olmo, Spanish Madrilian climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1986.
1958 Antonio Trabado, Spanish Madrilian climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1981 and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak and Cho Oyu in 1990.
1959 Susumu Motoike, Japanese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2013.
1961 Jeremy Beesley, British climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2009.
1963 Son Dorje, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest eleven times (2004, 2005, twice in 2006, three times in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013) and Manaslu five times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).
1964 Rinji (Rinzi), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1964 Jean-Michel Jacques Meunier, French climber, who ascended Everest in 2014.
1965 Babu Chiri, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 1989, Everest ten times (1990, 1991, 1993, twice during twelve days in 1995, 1996, 1997, twice during 20 days in 1999 and in 2000), Shisha Pangma Central-Peak twice during five days in 1994 and Cho Oyu in 1995 and twice during six days in 1996. He died by falling into a crevasse on Everest in 2001.
1965 Til Bikram Budhathoki, Nepalese Chhetri climber, who ascended Everest in 2001.
1966 Michael Patrick William (Mike) Grocott, British climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006 and Everest in 2007.
1966 Wojciech Jankowski, Polish climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2005.
1968 Panuru (aka Pasang Nuru), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest ten times (1993, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2007, twice in 2009, 2011 and 2012) and Cho Oyu four times (1994, 1997, 2000 and 2010) and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1994.
1969 Valerie Francette Christiane Boffy, French lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1971 Krzysztof Apanasewicz, Polish climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1971 Marco Confortola, Italian climber, who ascended Everest in 2004, Shisha Pangma and Annapurna I in 2006, Cho Oyu and Broad Peak in 2007, K2 in 2008, Manaslu in 2012 and Lhotse in 2013.
1971 Tom van den Berghe, Belgian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2007.
1972 Ryoichi Shitate, Japanese climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 2001.
1972 David Ferrer, Spanish Valencian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2004 and Everest in 2006.
1973 Thomas Josceline Clowes, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2006.
1975 Tomoya Takesako, Japanese climber, who ascended K2 in 2004.
1975 Zhao Liang, Chinese climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 2010 and died on descent, aged 34.
1979 Marco Siffredi, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2000 and Everest in 2001, from where he descended the Norton Couloir by snowboard. Also in 2001 he ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak. In autumn 2002 he ascended Everest again and attempted to snowboard the most dangerous Hornbein Couloir. He is missed since then, aged 23.
1979 Camilo López, Colombian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2005 and Cho Oyu in 2006 (disputed!).
1979 Ali Nasiri Yengejeh, Iranian climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 2008.

Event on this day

1963 American pioneers Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld ascended Everest by a new route via the West Ridge and also achieved the first traverse of the mountain.

First ascents on this day

1970 Makalu SE-Peak (7803 m according to the Harka Gurung-table and by contours on the most recent Nepalese-Finnish map as well) by a Japanese party.
1978 Kangchenjunga Central-Peak (8473 m) by a Polish party.
1981 Dradullungshog (aka Anye Maqen I, 6282 m) by a Japanese party.
1983 Satopanth West-Peak (7045 m) by a Japanese party.

Gone on this day

1991 German climbers Werner Braun (42), Werner Meichsner (44), Günther Semmler (50) and Karl-Heinz Thiele (50) disappeared on Shisha Pangma probably in an avalanche.
2008 Uwe Johannes (Gianni) Goltz, Swiss climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2000, Manaslu in 2002, Cho Oyu in 2003, Shisha Pangma in 2004, Broad Peak Foresummit in 2005, Dhaulagiri I in 2007 and Everest the day before, died on descent, aged 44.
2011 Joëlle Brupbacher, Swiss lady climber, who ascended Broad Peak Foresummit in 2006, Dhaulagiri I and Cho Oyu in 2007 and Gasherbrum II in 2008, died on Makalu, aged 32.
2011 Ronald Naar, Dutch climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 1981 (disputed!), Broad Peak Foresummit in 1983, Everest in 1992 (where he finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits) and K2 in 1995. He also travelled to the South Pole in the season 1998/1999. He died on Cho Oyu, aged 56.