Almanac

13 July



Born on this day

1936 Toshio Yamamoto, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1995 and Everest in 2000.
1940 Stanisław Cholewa, Polish climber, who ascended Lhotse in 1979.
1941 Masami Yamanashi, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2004 and Manaslu in 2006.
1942 Klaus Gürtler, Austrian climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma and Cho Oyu in 1988.
1948 Hans-Rudolf Gallati, Swiss climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2006.
1956 Mathias Harry Renner, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2013.
1957 Mark Goddard, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1957 Gary Eugene Ervin, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.
1959 Gregory John (Greg) Blasic, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1960 John Roche, Irish climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2014.
1962 José Villalta, Spanish Aragonese climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 2005.
1965 Radivoj (Rado) Nadvešnik, Slovenian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1988.
1966 Monika Katarzyna Witkowska, Polish lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2013, Manaslu RP in 2018, Lhotse in 2019 and K2 in 2022.
1968 Philippe Gatta, French climber, who ascended Everest in 2007, Kangchenjunga in 2011 and Makalu in 2014. He also finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits in 2008.
1969 Kim Chang-Ho, Korean climber, who ascended Nanga Parbat twice (2005 and 2010), Gasherbrum II and Gasherbrum I twice each (2006 and 2011), K2 and Broad Peak in 2007, Makalu and Lhotse in spring 2008, Batura II (7762 m, first ascent!) in summer 2008, Manaslu RP and Dhaulagiri I in 2009, Kangchenjunga and Shisha Pangma in 2010, Annapurna I and Cho Oyu in 2011 and Everest in 2013, where he became the first Korean without bottled oxygen on Everest. He died in 2018 in BC of Gurja Himal, aged 49.
1971 Daniela Murinova, Slovak lady climber, who ascended Manaslu M in 2022, Dhaulagiri I in 2023 and Annapurna I in 2024.
1973 Jan Mark Philipp Petzel, German climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1974 Todd Hugh Hayes, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2023.
1976 Roshan Singh, Indian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006 and Everest in 2019.
1976 Sergei Motorkin, Russian climber, who ascended Everest in 2022.
1978 María Paz (Pacha) Ibarra, Chilean lady climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2006 and Everest in 2019.
1982 Jess Roskelley, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2003 together with his father John. He died in 2019 in an avalanche on Howse Peak, Alberta/BC, Canada, aged 36.
1982 Chhepal I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Annapurna I twice (2016 and 2023), Manaslu RP twice (2017 and 2020), K2 in 2019, Lhotse in 2022, Manaslu M twice (2022 and 2023), Dhaulagiri I and Kangchenjunga in 2023, Gasherbrum I twice in 2023 and Gasherbrum II in 2023.
1982 Tenzing Rinchen, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1988 Vladimir Kotlyar, Russian climber, who ascended Everest four times (2016, 2018, 2023 and 2024), Manaslu RP in 2017 and Makalu in 2022.
1993 Hirotaka Onodera, Japanese climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2016.

First ascents on this day

1966 Shingeik Zom (7291 m) by a German party.
1977 Baintha Brakk (aka "The Ogre", 7285 m) by a British party. The descent was a kind of a miracle, when Doug Scott and Chris Bonington survived heavy injured with incredible efforts.
1977 Tahu Rutum (6651 m) by a Japanese party.
2014 Shuchule (6535 m) by a German solo climber.

Gone on this day

1989 Antxon Ibarguren, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II, died on descent, aged 39.
1990 An earthquake with its epicenter in Afghanistan resulted in the greatest number of fatalities in a mountaineering accident in High Asian mountains. An avalanche killed 43 climbers in Camp I on Pik Lenina (now Qullai Istiqlol). Leonid Troshchinenko (44), Russian climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 1989, was one of the victims.
2018 Ivan Fiala, Slovak climber and expedition leader, who ascended Nanga Parbat in 1971. He died on this day, aged 76.