Almanac

20 June



Born on this day

1931 Min Bahadur Sherchan, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest in 2008. He died in 2017 at Everest Base Camp, aged 85.
1941 Hans Lechner, Austrian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1998.
1950 Erich Eberhard Schaaf, German climber, who ascended Everest in 2012, where he died on descent, aged 61.
1954 Manuel (Manu) Badiola, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Lhotse Shar in 1990 and Makalu in 1991, where he died on descent, aged 37.
1955 Jan Vanhees, Belgian climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1982, Nanga Parbat in 1986 and Gasherbrum II in 1988.
1955 Juan Carlos Gómez, Spanish Valencian climber, who ascended Annapurna I in 1987, Broad Peak Foresummit in 1990, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1995 and Cho Oyu in 1998.
1955 Hartmut Stockert, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996 and Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1998.
1964 Debendra Bahadur Tamang, Nepalese climber, who ascended Everest in 2003.
1964 Lakcha Sange, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2002, Cho Oyu in 2004 and Everest five times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013).
1966 Ervin Jacomet, Swiss climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma in 2004.
1967 Kazue Oshiro, Japanese lady climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2013 and Everest in 2018.
1968 Prabhu Dayal Bisht, Indian climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 2009 and Everest in 2012.
1968 Vitus Daniel Längerer, German climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2013 and Everest in 2017.
1970 Lhakpa Thundu (a), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2016.
1971 Nima Nuru VI, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest twice (2018 and 2019).
1973 John Snorri Sigurjónsson, Icelandic climber, who ascended Lhotse, K2 and Broad Peak Foresummit in 2017 and Manaslu in 2019. He went missing in winter 2021 on K2, aged 47.
1975 Lhakpa XV, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Cho Oyu three times (2010, 2013 and 2014), Everest eight times (2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023) and Manaslu M in 2023.
1977 Rakel Pérez, Spanish Basque lady climber, who ascended Gasherbrum I in 2004.
1978 Amar Dev Bhatt, Indian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006 and Everest in 2007.
1978 Jennifer Shirley Copeland, Irish lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1978 Thomas Bain Becker, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1979 Martha Aletta (Molly) de Jager, South African lady climber, who ascended Everest in 2021.
1982 Wu Yin-Yin, Chinese lady climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2015.
1984 Tendi IV, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1990 Ashish Gupta, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2017.
1990 Stanzin Desal, Indian climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2021.
1993 Yang Ruo-Bing, American lady climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2021 and Everest and Lhotse in 2023.
1997 Sangita Kumari Rokaya, Nepalese lady climber, who ascended Everest and Manaslu M in 2023.
1999 Lakpa Tendi, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest and Manaslu M in 2023.
2004 Alasdair Scot McKenzie, French climber, who ascended Lhotse and Makalu in 2022, Annapurna I, Everest, Kangchenjunga, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum I, Gasherbrum II, Broad Peak, K2, Manaslu M and Dhaulagiri I in 2023 and Cho Oyu in 2024.

First ascents on this day

1957 Alpamayo (5947 m) by a German party led by Günter Hauser.
1966 Gangotri II (6590 m) by an Indian party.
1987 Tamchok Kambab Kangri (6285 m) solo by the American climber and extraordinary wilderness photographer Galen Rowell, who died in an airplane crash in 2002, aged 61.
1994 Rangrik Rang (6553 m) by an Indo-British party.
2014 Machu Kangri (6086 m) by a German solo climber.

Gone on this day

2012 Michael Horatio (Mike) Westmacott, British pioneer, who was a member of the successful 1953 Everest expedition and later president of the Alpine Club, died, aged 87.
2015 Edward Arthur Earl, American climber, who developed the software programs WinProm and Geopix to calculate prominences and altitudes of mountains. He also was founder of the first prominence E-group. He died on that day in Alaska, aged 51.