Born on this day

1984 Dorje ("Small"), Tibetan climber, who ascended Everest twice (2006 and 2007).

First ascents on this day

1956 Gasherbrum II (8034 m) by an Austrian party.

Gone on this day

1964 Jean Bouvier, French pioneer, who ascended Makalu in 1955 and Kumbhakarna (Jannu) in 1962. He died on Aiguille Verte in the Alps, aged 44.

Summary 2009 - Part 7 - Oldest Records
Sunday, 03 January 2010 15:16

Hellmut Seitzl was the oldest Everest ascender from Germany since 1994 with 56 years and 333 days. In 2009 Alois Bogenschütz replaced him with 63 years and 339 days. Also the oldest British ascender of Everest was noted in 2009, when Ranulph Fiennes summited with the age of 65 years and 75 days. He replaced Hamish Fulton, who summited just two days earlier, aged 62 years and 302 days. Nikolai Cherni from Russia replaced his own record from 2005, when he already was the oldest Russian on top of Everest with 66 years and 176 days, on his ascent in 2009 he was 70 years and 167 days old.

Three new records on 8000er mountains were achieved in 2009. British climber Keith Kerr set a new record on Kangchenjunga with 57 years and six days, Taisuke Furukawa from Japan set a new record on Manaslu with 70 years and 246 days and finally Spanish climber Carlos Soria summited Gasherbrum I, aged 70 years and 179 days. Because the ascent from Boris Korshunov from Russia is disputed (he was 72 years and 32 days old then), possibly the oldest on Cho Oyu might be American climber Clifton Maloney (71 years, 344 days), who died sadly on descent of the mountain. 

Summary 2009 - Part 6 - Completions
Saturday, 02 January 2010 16:53

The year 2009 was a year of many completions, as there were four climbers, who finished the fourteen Main-8000ers (Denis Urubko, Ralf Dujmovits, Veikka Gustafsson and Andrew Lock) and also three nations (Australia, Portugal and Finland). Apart from these national completions, also the first two nations finished with lady climbers, on May 18th Poland (Kinga Baranowska on Kangchenjunga, the first report about it here!) and on July 10th South Korea (Oh Eun-Sun on Nanga Parbat). Four other countries have twelve Main-8000ers so far, Spain (Annapurna I and Shisha Pangma left), Japan (Kangchenjunga and Annapurna I), Italy (Kangchenjunga and Annapurna I) and Austria (Everest and K2).

In addition also the Sherpa climbers finished finally the fourteen with Nanga Parbat last summer (Dawa Wangchuk). The only other Nepalese, who was on top of Nanga Parbat before, was a Tamang. Three other Nepalese tribes are on their way to collect all 8000ers as well, the Tamang have nine Main-8000ers plus Yalung Kang and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak, the Gurung have nine plus Shisha Pangma Central-Peak and the Bhutia (or Bhotia) have eight Main 8000ers.

Summary 2009 - Part 5 - TOP FIVE
Friday, 01 January 2010 13:44

New Year, new tables! There is a big difference between the five highest 8000ers and the nine lower 8000ers. On the Finnmaps Nr. 5, Makalu is 8485 m and Nr. 6, Cho Oyu, 8188 m. So the difference is 297 metres! The "Top 5" or the "Five Higher Giants" all were first ascended with bottled oxygen, with the exceptions of Manaslu and Gasherbrum I the lower ones not. So the statistics of the "TOP 5" is very interesting. In 2009 eight climbers finished them, this is a new record, and also the first three lady climbers finished. So Miss Oh was the first woman to achieve this remarkable feat. Here you can find all the 43 climbers! The three lady climbers used bottled oxygen, Edurne Pasaban on Everest and Kangchenjunga, Oh Eun-Sun on Everest and K2 and the late Go Mi-Sun on all five "Higher Giants", but she did it in unbelievable two years and two days only. From the 43 successful climbers only 15 did it without additional oxygen, you can download the list here!

Summary 2009 - Part 4 - Routes and some Ascents Tables
Thursday, 31 December 2009 15:14

Ten updated routes tables are posted here ! Apart from the new Korean route on Everest there were new routes on Nanga Parbat and Cho Oyu. In addition there are now the complete ascent tables to date on Kangchenjunga, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I and Shisha Pangma. Also the draft table with the Shisha Pangma Central-Peak ascents is updated, but not all of the ascents of this peak are reported nowadays, so it needs help to complete the table.

Summary 2009 - Part 3 - Nations
Wednesday, 30 December 2009 14:53

Apart from Everest and Manaslu all Nations tables are updated! On Everest nations Nr. 79 (San Marino), 80 (Moldova) and 81 (Panama) were successful. Please check the new nations on the other 8000ers within the tables.

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