Almanac

24 May



Born on this day

1941 Yannick Seigneur, French climber, who ascended Makalu in 1971, Gasherbrum II in 1975 and Broad Peak Foresummit in 1978. He died in 2001, aged 60.
1945 Kazushige Takami, Japanese climber, who ascended Nanda Devi in 1976 and K2 in 1982. He fell to his death in 1998 on Mount Daisen in Western Japan, aged 52.
1947 Ernst Müller, Swiss climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 1987.
1947 Tone Trobevsek, Slovenian climber, who ascended Kangbachen (subsidiary peak of Kangchenjunga, 7903 m) in 1974.
1954 Bachendri Pal, Indian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 1984.
1959 Steve Bell, British climber, who ascended Everest in 1993. He finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits in 1997 and the Kosciuszko-version in 2001.
1966 Hallgrimur Magnusson, Icelandic climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1995 and Everest in 1997.
1966 Michael von Wolff, German climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1967 Koji Yokoyama, Japanese climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1991.
1968 Atis Plakans, Latvian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2006 and Cho Oyu in 2007.
1970 Tomaz Jakofčič, Slovenian climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1998, Gyachung Kang in 1999 and Everest in 2009.
1970 Dmytro Necheporenko, Ukrainian climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2017.
1971 Phurba Tashi, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu five times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005), Everest twentyone times (1999, 2001, twice during eight days in spring 2002, autumn 2002, twice in spring 2003 during nine days, 2004, 2005, 2006, three times in 2007, twice in 2009, twice in 2010, twice in 2011 and twice in 2013), Manaslu RP seven times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017) and Lhotse twice (2010 and 2011).
1972 Takeshi Watanuki, Japanese climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1997.
1973 Roberto Pazzaglia, San Marinan climber, who ascended Everest in 2009.
1973 Vitali Lazo, Russian climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2017, Nanga Parbat in 2019 and Everest in 2023.
1973 Juan Javier Remon, Argentinean climber, who ascended Everest in 2021.
1974 Jeffrey Gordon Witt, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2011.
1976 Maksim Perevalov, Ukrainian climber, who ascended Himalchuli in 2007.
1976 Morteza Ramezani, Iranian climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2013.
1979 James P. Stearns, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2010.
1981 Dorje Sonam Gyalzen, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest eighteen times (twice in 2003, 2004, 2005, twice in 2006, three times in 2007, twice in 2009, twice in 2010, twice in 2011, 2013, 2018 and 2019), Cho Oyu three times (2006, 2018 and 2019), Manaslu RP three times (2009, 2010 and 2011), Lhotse in 2011 and Makalu and Gasherbrum II in 2022.
1982 Bhim Lal Tamang, Nepalese climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2018.
1986 Chhimi Lhenduk Gurung, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest four times (2016, 2017, 2019 and 2022) and Manaslu RP in 2019.
1993 William Dougherty Sayer, Australian climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2017 and Everest in 2018.
1999 Dawa Chhiring II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twice (2022 and 2023).

First ascents on this day

1930 Nepal Peak SW-Peak (appr. 7125 m) by an international party led by G. O. Dyhrenfurth.
1960 Himalchuli (7893 m) by a Japanese party.

Gone on this day

1997 Igor Bugatchevsky, Russian climber, who ascended Makalu in 1997 and died by a rockfall on descent, aged 35.
2001 Aleksei Nikiforov, another Russian climber, who ascended K2 in 1992 and Makalu in 1995. He died attempting the North Ridge of Everest, aged 45.
2001 Mark Auricht, Australian climber, who ascended Makalu in 1995, died on Everest, aged 37.
2002 Christopher Hugh (Chris) Grasswick, Canadian climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga on this day, died on descent, aged 39.
2018 Charlotte Fox, American lady climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1994, Cho Oyu in 1995, Everest on her 39th birthday in 1996 and Dhaulagiri I in 2017, died, aged 61.