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Gone on this day

1989 Autar Singh Cheema, Indian pioneer, who ascended Everest in 1965, died, aged 51.


Born on this day

1945 Leonid Troshchinenko, Russian climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 1989. He died in a large avalanche disaster on Qullai Istiqlol (then Pik Lenina) in 1990, aged 44.


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True Summits or Tolerance Zones?
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:23

I have been collecting facts about mountains and mountaineering for four decades and I have always sincerely believed that: ‘The highest point of a mountain is the only point that counts as summit'. But in recent times, with more research and better technology, it has become apparent that this absolute topographical approach does not match the reality of climbers and the tops of the 8000m mountains. For the last seven years some colleagues and I have been researching many summit photos , particularly on the three 8000m mountains Manaslu, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri I that have issues with their precise summit locations and their records of who climbed to where. It is clear now after all this research and communication that many mountaineers, including some well-known ones, have definitely failed to reach the very highest points on one or more of these mountains due to their uncertain topography. Instead, climbers have stopped, knowingly or not, on a selection of lower points - some near to the main summits in altitude and distance, some not so much. To deal accurately but realistically with this sensitive problem we have come to consider the possibility of ‘Summit Zones of Tolerance’. But of course even with this broadening of allowable ‘summits’ it may still affect the historical record of Himalayan climbing. Should some finishing points that are too far or below the true summit be deleted from the official summit lists? Should we have two tables of submitters - a ‘General List’ of those who stopped only within the Tolerance Zone, and then an ‘Elite List’ comprising those who can surely be proven to have stopped on the true highest point? We wish that the climbing community will assist us to find the best solutions to deal with this serious problem. There will be people who think, this is not important. Let us leave it as it is including general “amnesty” for all “historical” ascents. But many others would also love to know, how many really did all true tops of the 14. But it is not only because of the collectors with “all” 14 8000ers climbed. All country firsts, female firsts, winter firsts, route firsts and surely other firsts need to be researched properly.

Manaslu Annapurna I Dhaulagiri I

 
Ten Years After
Wednesday, 25 April 2018 00:30

Today marks the 10th anniversary of 8000ers.com. To be honest, the situation is critical. The work increased a lot and there is still not enough income just to survive. We want to publish many research results and a huge amount of updated tables, but first the website must be renewed and this is not possible without the help from the people, who are still interested. A fund, private or company sponsoring or at least enough donations would be helpful.

Last year I asked nearly the same and published an Everest nations table with all important information, but nearly nobody donated.

The new Everest nations table is still not complete, but I will post an Everest daily table including changes to former years.

If there is no existence saving support in the near future, a large part of the High Asian chronicles is highly endagered.

Everest Daily to 2017

 
Pakistan-8000ers 2017 Summary
Thursday, 12 October 2017 14:45

The Pakistan season was quite long this year. Here is the draft table with all ascents known.

Thanks a lot especially to Rodolphe and Thaneswar! Also to Boyan for the addition and corrections today, October 15th! Update November 12th: Again there are two additions on Broad Peak. Please note that on August 4th nobody went to the true summit despite some of them still celebrate it.

 

 
Two Updated Everest Tables
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 12:37

Today it is nine years ago that I launched this website. I hoped to be able to survive with it, because I posted many unique tables and a donation button. Since then only a handful of people spent some money for me to survive. Today I post two updated Everest tables. First one is the nations breakdown, because the next one will be number 100. Second one is the no additional oxygen table, because the number 200 will be this year, if successful. I have many other updated tables on my computer, but still need sponsors or more donation just to survive. If someone likes my work and would like to have some more of my tables please donate or find sponsors for me. Otherwise I will not be able to continue and we cannot celebrate 10 years next year.

Here are the direct links to the two tables, I hope you like them:
Everest Nations
Everest without additional oxygen

 
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