Almanac

31 March



Born on this day

1935 Chu Yin-hua, Chinese climber, who ascended Everest in 1960.
1947 Sergei Bershov, Ukrainian climber, who ascended Everest three times (1982, 2000 and 2005), Kangchenjunga in 1989 (first the South-Peak and two weeks later the complete traverse of Yalung Kang, Main-, Central- and South-Peaks), Lhotse in 1990, Annapurna I in 1996, Nanga Parbat in 1997, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1998 and Cho Oyu in 2004.
1955 Petros Kapsomenakis, Greek climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1991.
1956 Rolands Laveikis, Latvian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996.
1957 Antoni Bros, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Makalu in 1990.
1960 Eugeniusz Chomczyk, Polish climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2000.
1961 Stephen Keer (Steve) Wraith, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2009.
1962 Barend Swart, South African climber, who ascended Everest in 2010 and Cho Oyu in 2012.
1964 Darius Heller, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003.
1964 Paul Giorgio, American climber, who ascended Everest four times (2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007).
1965 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1993, Shisha Pangma Central- and West-Peaks in 1994, Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I in 1996, Lhotse in 1997, Manaslu in 2000, K2 in 2001, Annapurna I in 2002, Dhaulagiri I, Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak in 2003 and Shisha Pangma in 2004. He died in winter 2006 on Makalu, aged 40.
1969 John Race, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu twice (1996 and 2008).
1971 Shannon (Bruce) Dailey, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2004 and Everest in 2012.
1971 Lisa Amatangel, American lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1971 James Emory Field IV, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1972 Jorge Facundo Arana Tagle, Argentinean climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1975 Javier Serrano, Spanish Aragonese climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2003.
1975 Kyle James Beaird, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2011.
1975 Dieter Obersteiner, Austrian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2014.
1978 Kami II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest six times (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007).
1978 Pavel Trčala, Czech climber, who ascended Everest in 2005.
1979 Keshap Gurung, Nepalese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2009.
1979 Niels Paul Van Buren, Dutch climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1982 Nima Grimen, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012) and Dhaulagiri I in 2009. He died in a motorcycle accident in 2012, aged 30.
1983 Lila Bahadur Basnet, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest three times (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Cho Oyu in 2009.
1990 Maxwell (Max) O'Meara, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2010.

Gone on this day

2014 Phantog (aka Phandu, Pando, Panduo), Tibetan lady climber, who ascended Everest in 1975. She was the second woman on top of Everest just eleven days after Junko Tabei and the first one from the North, died, aged 74.