Born on this day

1956 Silvan Schenk, Swiss climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2007.

First ascents on this day

1968 Parvati Parvat (6633 m) by an Italian party.

Indian Lady Climbers, Kangchenjunga Details and Age Record
Sunday, 05 June 2011 21:40

Some remarkable feats were achieved by Indian lady climbers this year on Everest.

The first woman on top the past season was Tine Mena, who summited on May 9th and also was the first woman from the Indian Northeast state Arunachal Pradesh on top of the world!

In pre-monsoon 2010 nine female ascents were done by American lady climbers. This time the record was broken by Indian ladies! One of the also nine female climbers, Anshu Jamsenpa, ascended the mountain twice in the season within nine days, only Nepalese Sherpani Chhurim, who was part of the same expedition achieved the same feat two days earlier! In addition Indian ladies had 10 Everest ascents in May 2011!

Women from three more Indian states ascended Everest this year: Mrs. Premlata Agrawal, the first from Jharkand, was also the oldest Indian woman on top of Everest with the age of 45. The other two Indian states were Rajasthan with Nivedita Chaudhary and Bihar with Nirupama Pandey! Now 14 Indian states had at least one lady climber on top of Everest! Among the other successful Indian women was Sushma Kaushik, who summited with her husband and so they became the first Indian married couple!

The past season there were five new nations on top of Kangchenjunga: Iran (Azim Gheychisaz), Turkey (Tunç Findik), Ireland (Anselm Murphy), Azerbaijan (Israfil Ashurly) and Serbia (Dragan Čeliković)! Also the first lady climber from the Spanish province Asturias summited, Rosa Fernández! In addition the first two non-Tibetan Chinese climbers were on top of Kangchenjunga: Rao Jian-Feng from Guandong and Yang Chun-Feng from Xinjiang!

Not to forget the two Indian climbers from West Bengal, who summited Kangchenjunga after their success one year ago on Everest: Basanta Kumar Singha Roy and Debasish Biswas! 

And last but not least again an Indian climber achieved another remarkable record. Arjun Vajpai is not only the youngest climber on Lhotse, but also the youngest climber, who ever ascended both mountains, Everest and Lhotse!

New Records on Lhotse
Friday, 27 May 2011 14:30

Not only the first German lady climber summited Lhotse yesterday, but also the first Chinese lady climber, Wang Jing (36), who now has climbed four Main-8000ers after Cho Oyu in 2007, Manaslu in 2009 and Everest in 2010.

Also Zhang Liang from China summited, it was his 5th Main-8000er.

And last but not least Sherpa climber Phurba Tashi summited Lhotse as well and therefore is again in the lead with 26 ascents of Main-8000ers now.

Report with more details here

A New Youngest Seven Summiteer
Thursday, 26 May 2011 22:42

George Atkinson, a boy, who will be 17 on May 29th, summited Everest today and became the youngest British climber, who ascended Everest and also the youngest to finish the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits!

It seems, that he will not keep the latter title for long, because US-boy Jordan Romero, who summited Everest last year plans to attempt his seventh summit Vinson by the end of the year and then will probably finish this version as well! He celebrates his 15th birthday in July!


First German Lady Climber on Lhotse
Thursday, 26 May 2011 17:09

Today German lady climber Billi Bierling summited Lhotse. She is now on the way back to Camp II.

Note on her site.

First American Woman on Kangchenjunga
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 21:59

Cleo Weidlich summited Kangchenjunga on May 20th at 7h48 am! She is now the first American woman, who was on top of this mountain! She reported by email:

"This was the strangest expedition ever, I'm glad it's over! I ruptured the parallel ligaments of my right knee at 8,500 and by the time I reached C4, I was snow blind as well. Needless to say, it was an epic descent...  I made my way to C2 where I was rescued by a heli. A young man from Ireland, living in the UK, Anselm Murphy, guided me from C3 to C2. I was discharged today from the Norvic International hospital in Kathmandu."

It is her fifth Main-8000er after Cho Oyu, Everest, Gasherbrum I and Manaslu!

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