Born on this day

1985 Suguru Takano, Japanese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2016.

Gone on this day

2006 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, died on Makalu, aged 40.

Kim Jae-Soo possibly climbed all 14
Friday, 29 April 2011 09:46

It is reported, that Kim Jae-Soo also ascended Annapurna I on April 26th! The report claims all the 14 8000ers for him, but there is a problem.

Some years ago a Korean mountaineer and chronicler informed about a climbing date for Kim Jae-Soo on Cho Oyu in 1993. It was attempted to confirm this ascent, because nobody outside of Korea knew about it! No details were given since then. So Miss Hawley had and has no entry for this ascent in her Himalayan Database. 

As long, as there is no clarifying answer from Korea about the 1993 Cho Oyu ascent, the ascent remains unrecognized in our archives and not even recorded in the Himalayan Database.

Hopefully it will be cleared soon

His Annapurna ascent report

Erhard Loretan died in the Alps
Friday, 29 April 2011 08:48

The third climber, who ascended all the 14 8000ers, Swiss mountaineer Erhard Loretan, died yesterday, on his 52nd birthday by a fatal fall in the Alps!

Our condolences go to his family and friends!

Report (in German)

Top News: Abele Blanc finished the 14 today
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 18:24

Today Abele Blanc finally succeeded on Annapurna I and finished the 14 8000ers.


The tables are updated here and here.

Ueli Steck on Top of Shisha Pangma
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 09:17

Swiss climber Ueli Steck summited Shisha Pangma on Sunday across the SW Face route! He started on Saturday night at 10h30 pm and stood on top alone on Sunday morning. Don Bowie had to give up and so Ueli climbed to the top alone. Now the two are going to Cho Oyu!

Report (in German)

First Pakistani 8000er Climbed in Winter
Thursday, 03 February 2011 17:01

Yesterday Denis Urubko, Simone Moro and Corey Richards summited Gasherbrum II, the first 8000er in Pakistan in winter. The table with all winter ascents so far is updated here.

Simone Moro climbed seven different 8000ers (plus three Everest repetitions) so far, three of them in winter.

This was also Denis Urubko's 19th 8000er ascent.

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