Born on this day

1969 Antoine de Choudens, French adventurer, who was the only person, who skied to both Poles unsupported (North Pole 1996, South Pole 1999) and did Everest without bottled oxygen as well. He was the uncrowned "King of the Three Poles". He also ascended Cho Oyu in 1999, together with his wife Sandrine. He died near Shisha Pangma in 2003, aged 34.

First ascents on this day

2001 Lhotse Central-Peak (8410 m) by a Russian party.

Gone on this day

2008 Ignacio (IƱaki) Ochoa de Olza, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1995, Gasherbrum I and II in 1996, Lhotse in 1999, Everest in 2001, Cho Oyu twice (2001 and 2004), Nanga Parbat and Broad Peak in 2003, Makalu and K2 in 2004, Manaslu RP and Shisha Pangma in 2006 and Dhaulagiri I in 2007. He died on Annapurna I, aged 40.

Event on this day

2019 On this day an unbelievable record number of ascents on Everest was counted: 354!

Italian pioneer and Polish mountaineer died
Saturday, 08 August 2009 16:30

On August 6th, Riccardo Cassin, the leader of the successful Gasherbrum IV expedition in 1958, died, aged 100.


Yesterday the Polish mountaineer Andrzej Marciniak was found dead on Posrednia Gran in the High Tatras. He ascended Everest in 1989 and Annapurna I in 1996. He was 50 years old.


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