Almanac

18 January



Born on this day

1941 Hiroshi Murata, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2002.
1942 Maurice Barrard, French climber, who ascended Gasherbrum I in 1980, Gasherbrum II in 1982, Nanga Parbat in 1984 and K2 in 1986, where he died on descent, aged 44.
1949 Toshiaki Ueda, Japanese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2012.
1950 Brent Manning, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1990.
1955 Giancarlo Santi, Italian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1957 Adam Sifkovits, Austrian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2007.
1958 Francys Arsentiev, American lady climber, who ascended Everest in 1998 and died on descent, aged 40.
1958 Fumio Kato, Japanese lady climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2014.
1959 Francisco Martínez, Spanish Valencian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2004.
1960 Brian O'Connor, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2003, where he also finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits.
1962 Jorge Palacio, Spanish Madrilian climber, who ascended Broad Peak in 2003.
1962 Lakpa Dorje (a), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2019.
1963 Nelson Cardona, Colombian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1999 and Everest in 2010.
1963 Ian Ridley, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1964 Aleksandr Popov, Russian climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.
1967 Noel Richmond Hanna, Northern Irish climber, who ascended Everest nine times (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019), K2 in 2018 and Manaslu in 2019. He also finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits in 2009.
1967 John Rust, American climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2003.
1969 Paul Taylor, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2007. He also finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits in 2008.
1970 Anders Verner Warell, Swedish climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2019.
1971 Agostino Martinelli, Italian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2000.
1971 Siv Eli Harstad, Norwegian lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2009 and Everest in 2016.
1973 Veronique Andrieux, French lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003.
1973 Jan (Krab) Krabec, Czech climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2006.
1973 Dawa Gelu, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest three times (2004, 2005 and 2011) and Cho Oyu twice (2006 and 2009).
1973 Todd LaVigne, Canadian climber, who ascended Everest in 2009.
1974 Robert Adrian Barton, British climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2014.
1974 Sona II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.
1974 Ang Dawa XI, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1974 Ang Dawa XI, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1977 Pasang Dawa I (aka Pa Dawa), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twenty times (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, twice in 2006, twice in 2007, 2008, 2009, twice in 2010, 2011, 2012, in 2013 twice, 2016, 2018 and 2019), Lhotse in 2001, Cho Oyu six times (2001, twice in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2016) and Manaslu in 2008.
1977 Pasang Rinji II, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest eight times (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017) and Cho Oyu in 2016.
1980 Dawa Jangbu (a), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 2008.
1982 Karma Gyalje, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Lhotse twice (2013 and 2017) and Everest twice (2016 and 2019).
1985 Yaser Mohammad Khan, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1986 Sonam Dorje, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest five times (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012), Cho Oyu in 2006 and Manaslu in 2011.
1988 Philip De-Beger, British climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2011.
1988 Steinar Salte, Norwegian climber, who ascended Everest in 2017.
1990 Phurba IV, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Manaslu twice (2017 and 2018), Everest in 2018 and Makalu in 2019.
1991 Lhakpa Nuru XIII, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest nine times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
1994 Harjas Singh Gill, Indian climber, who ascended Makalu in 2019.
1994 Pasang XV, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.

First ascent on this day

1934 Mercedario (c. 6700 m) by a Polish party (first non-pre-Colombian ascent).

Gone on this day

2012 Mario Merelli, Italian climber, who ascended Everest twice (2001 and 2004), Makalu in 2002 and Kangchenjunga and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2003, Annapurna I and Broad Peak Foresummit in 2005, Gasherbrum II in 2006, Lhotse in 2008, Cho Oyu in 2009 and Dhaulagiri I in 2011, died in the Alps, aged 49.