Almanac

04 March



Born on this day

1935 Félicien Morel, Swiss climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2001.
1940 Katsushige Suzuki, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2003.
1944 Charles (Chuck) McGibbon, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2005.
1950 Sergio Beck, Brazilian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1991.
1953 Reinhard Mittag, German climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 1999.
1955 Brad Allen Johnson, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1999, Everest in 2013 and Makalu in 2019.
1960 Jakob (Kobi) Reichen, Swiss climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1991, Shisha Pangma in 2001, Makalu in 2002, Kangchenjunga in 2003 and Broad Peak in 2010.
1962 Stuart Hutchison, Canadian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2002.
1964 Atul Karwal, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2008.
1964 Petya Kolcheva, Bulgarian lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2007 and Everest in 2009.
1967 Joan Belmonte, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Everest in 2000.
1967 Mikio Suzuki, Japanese climber, who ascended K2 in 1997, Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1999 and Cho Oyu in 2001.
1968 Albert Castellet, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 1992.
1968 Ian Jamie Clarke, Canadian climber, who ascended Everest twice (1997 and 2010).
1968 Cedric Ross Hayden, American climber, who ascended Everest in 2007.
1969 Savita Martolia, Indian lady climber, who ascended Everest in 1993.
1969 Simona Pogač, Slovenian lady climber, who ascended Manaslu RP in 2008.
1970 Conan Tundra Bliss, American climber, who ascended Everest four times (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) and K2 in 2021.
1972 Kwon Kyeong-Il, Korean climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2001.
1973 Bertrand Roche, French climber, who ascended Everest twice (1990 and 2001). In 1990 he climbed with his father and in 2001 with his wife, descending with a tandem-paraglider. He also finished the Kosciuszko-version of the Seven Summits in 2002.
1974 Champa Younten, Indian climber, who ascended Lhotse twice (2003 and 2012), Cho Oyu in 2006 and Everest in 2008.
1975 Valerie (Val) Hovland, American lady climber, who ascended Shisha Pangma Central-Peak in 2005 and Everest in 2008.
1976 Benjamin (Ben) Stuckey, American climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2005 and Everest in 2010.
1977 Michael Matthews, British climber, who ascended Everest in 1999, where he died on descent, aged 22.
1979 Kamil Grudzien, Polish climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2011.
1981 Ngima Nuru I, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest four times (2010, 2013, 2018 and 2023).
1987 Ang Geli (aka Angeli), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Annapurna I (below RJ) in 2015, Everest twice (2019 and 2022), Manaslu RP twice (2019 and 2020) and Dhaulagiri I in 2023.
1987 Ram Singh, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2019.
1988 Vikash Singh Rawat, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.
1988 Surendra Prasad Jakhmola, Indian climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga in 2018.
1990 Da Pasang, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 2017.
1990 Ngima Dawa, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Kangchenjunga twice (2018 and 2023).
1994 Shankar Singh Chirom, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2013.
1995 Himamsa Shaik, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2018.

Gone on this day

1979 William Francis (Willi) Unsoeld, American pioneer, who made the first ascent of Masherbrum in 1960 and ascended Everest in 1963, died in an avalanche on Mount Rainier, aged 52.
2002 József Straub, Hungarian climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1990, died, aged 49.