Almanac

08 August



Born on this day

1945 Joan Clofent, Spanish Catalan climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1957 Steve Gall, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1990.
1958 Lee Sang-Bae, Korean climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1996, Gasherbrum II in 1999, Lhotse in 2002 and Everest in 2007.
1958 Vladimir Tel'puk, Belorussian climber, who ascended Everest in 2006.
1958 Rainer Orywa, German climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2019.
1959 Andrew Politz, American climber, who ascended Everest in 1991.
1960 Andrew Salter, British climber, who ascended Everest in 2000 and finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits in 2001.
1961 Kim Tae-Ho, Korean climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 1999.
1961 Fabio Stedile, Italian climber, who ascended Makalu in 1985.
1962 Kim Sung-Gyu, Korean climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri II (7751 m) in 1986 and died on descent, aged 23.
1964 Ayumi Nozawai, Japanese climber, who ascended Dhaulagiri I in 1993, Tirich Mir in 1995 and Gasherbrum I in 2002. He died in 2003 in an avalanche during an attempt to climb Himjung (7092 m) for the first time, aged 39.
1964 Javier Barra, Spanish Aragonese climber, who ascended Broad Peak Foresummit in 1997.
1964 Prem Singh, Indian climber, who ascended Everest twice (1992 and 2006).
1965 Akiyuki Harada, Japanese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 1997.
1969 Hisao Ohtani, Japanese climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2001.
1969 Ignacio (Iñaki) Urkola, Spanish Basque climber, who ascended Gasherbrum II in 2006.
1971 Pavel Michut, Czech climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2006. He died on Denali in 2016, aged 44.
1972 Serap (aka Sherap), Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest five times (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010) and Cho Oyu in 2011.
1973 Diahanne (Di) Gilbert, British lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2004 and Everest twice (2005 and 2019). She also finished the Carstensz-version of the Seven Summits in 2010.
1974 Ren Dong-Sheng, Chinese climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2019.
1980 Tomas Ceppi, Argentinean climber, who ascended Lhotse in 2012 and Everest in 2019.
1981 Thorbjørn Lundsgaard, Norwegian climber, who ascended Everest in 2010.
1982 Thakpa Tenzin, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2012.
1982 Irina Runova, Russian lady climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2014.
1983 Nima Namgyal, Nepalese Sherpa climber, who ascended Everest and Manaslu in 2013.
1986 Rafik Taher Shaikh, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2016.
1988 Vinod Gusain, Indian climber, who ascended Everest in 2009.
1989 Tsering Tashi (aka Cering Zaxi), Tibetan climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 2009 and Everest in 2014.

First ascents on this day

1786 Mont Blanc, the true highest mountain of Europe by Savoyard climbers Jacques Balmat and Michel Gabriel Paccard.
1939 Rataban (6166 m) by a Swiss party.
1958 Pik Dostuk (aka Vostochnaya, 6762 m) by a Soviet party.
1974 Mari (aka Chokul, 6587 m) by an Indian party.
1976 Singhi Kangri (7202 m) by a Japanese party.
1984 K7 (6934 m) by another Japanese party.
1988 Shiwakte II (c. 6218 m) by a British party.
1992 Ste-Ste Kangri (6892 m) by a Japanese party.

Gone on this day

1993 Battistino (Battista) Bonali, Italian climber, who ascended Everest in 1991. He died on Huascarán, aged 30.
2000 Tadeshi Sudo, Japanese climber, who ascended Tirich Mir (7708 m) in 1991, died on Rakaposhi (7788 m), aged 50.
2013 Zdeněk Hrubý, Czech climber, who ascended Cho Oyu in 1994, Gasherbrum I and II in 1997, Lhotse in 1999, Shisha Pangma in 2004, Broad Peak in 2007, Dhaulagiri I in 2008 and Nanga Parbat in 2012. He was the leader of the first successful Czech expedition to Kangchenjunga in 2002 as well. He died by a fall on Gasherbrum I one day before his 57th birthday.
2019 Milan Radović, Montenegrin climber, who ascended Manaslu in 2008. He died by a fall on Khan Tangiri Shyngy, aged 49.