Almanac

30 July



Born on this day

1927 Peter Kittlesby (Pete) Schoening, American pioneer, who ascended Gasherbrum I in 1958 (first ascent) and participated in the first ascent of Mount Vinson (4892 m, Antarctica) in 1966. He died in 2004, aged 77.
1942 Takeshi Ogawa, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003 and Manaslu in 2006.
1947 Marián Zat'ko, Slovak climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat North-Peak (7816 m) in 1978 (first ascent!).
1950 Sándor Nagy, Hungarian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 1987 and Cho Oyu in 1990.
1950 Moti Lal Gurung, Nepalese climber, who ascended Himalchuli in 1985, Makalu in 1987, Everest in 1993 and Cho Oyu in 2006.
1951 Jerónimo López, Spanish Galician climber, who ascended Manaslu in 1975, Gasherbrum I in 1983 and Everest in 1988.
1960 Helge Sprindler, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1994.
1961 Luciano Zardini, Italian climber, who ascended K2 in 2004.
1962 Nima Tamang I, Nepalese climber, who ascended Manaslu twice (1997 and 2008) and Everest in 2001.
1963 Peter Reynal-O'Connor, climber from New Zealand, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996.
1964 Cesare Romano, Italian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1968 Xavier Aymar, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2003, Cho Oyu in 2004, Everest in 2008 and Broad Peak in 2011.
1969 Mitenjen (aka Mingma), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in 2004 and Everest four times (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010).
1969 Dušan Rauter, Slovenian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006.
1970 Caroline Cuif-Letrange, French lady climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2013.
1973 Kenton Edward Cool, British climber, who ascended Everest eleven times (2004, 2005, 2006, twice 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), Cho Oyu in 2006, Manaslu in 2010 and Lhotse in 2013.
1974 Lyudmila Korobeshko, Russian lady climber, who ascended Everest twice (2007 and 2012). She also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits in 2009.
1978 Dmitri Chumakov, Kazakh climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak in 2003.
1978 Jit Bahadur (aka Thile), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2008, 2012 and 2013) and Manaslu twice (2010 and 2013).
1980 Chhitjee Nurbu, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Makalu in 2008, Annapurna I twice (2009 and 2010), Everest twice (2011 and 2012) and K2 in 2014.
1981 Pasang Gyalzen I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013).
1981 Phurba Ongel I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Annapurna I in 2009 and Everest in 2010.
1982 Chhang Dawa (aka Dawa), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Makalu in 2001, Lhotse and Cho Oyu in 2002, Everest twice (2004 and 2005), Broad Peak in 2008, Nanga Parbat in 2010, Gasherbrum I twice (2010 and 2011), Manaslu in 2010, Kangchenjunga and Gasherbrum II in 2011, Annapurna I (disputed), Dhaulagiri I and K2 in 2012 and Shisha Pangma in 2013, where he finished the 14 Main-8000ers.
1987 Laura Mallory, Canadian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2008.
1988 Pasang Tendi IV, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga and Manaslu in 2011 and Everest twice (2012 and 2013).
1989 Pasang Tsheri II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.

First ascents on this day

1957 Callangate (6110 m) by a German party.
1974 Tirich Mir NW III (c. 7400 m) by a French party.
1978 Ganchen (6462 m) by a Japanese party.
1988 Sari Sumari (c. 6100 m) by a Polish party.

Gone on this day

1982 Halina Syrokomska-Krüger, Polish lady climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1975, died on K2, aged 44.
1993 Reinmar Joswig, German climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 1984, Gasherbrum I in 1986, Nanga Parbat in 1990 and K2 on this day, died on descent, aged 50. Another German climber, Peter Mezger, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 1990, died, coming from the top the same day, also aged 50. The third fatality on this day on K2 was Swedish climber Daniel Bidner, who was on descent as well.
1997 Joan Colet, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1992 and Nanga Parbat in 1997, where he died on descent, aged 38.
2003 Yves LaForest (47), Canadian climber, who ascended Everest in 1991, is missed since that day on a kayak expedition.