Makalu kept Swiss Joelle Brupbacher, who succumbed to AMS on the peak at only 33 years old.
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Preliminary stats: Himalaya and Everest 2011 spring review

Posted: Jun 08, 2011 02:40 am EDT
(Newsdesk) Youngest, oldest, first and last. Remembering the past Himalaya spring season, the interesting along with the sad, following yesterday's Pakistan winter report here's more from Himalaya statistician Rodrigo Granzotto Peron.

Before the big spring chronicle he has in the pipe, here a sneak review of the recent Himalaya and Everest climbing season.

Preliminary numbers of the season
By Rodrigo Granzotto Peron

So far, there are preliminary reports of, more or less, 680 summits in the Spring Season 2011. More than 500 summits on Everest, and almost 180 summits on all other 8000ers (there were summits on all nine 8000ers in Tibet and Nepal: EV, KG, LH, MK, CO, DH, MN, AN and SH.

Phurba Tashi Sherpa (NEP) is the leading climber with most 8000ers summited: 26 !!. Juanito Oiarzabal is in second place, with 25, but he had to be carried down twice (K2 and LH), and took an heli ride out of Annapurna. Phurba Tashi downclimbed by himself on all occasions. And Phurba should have 27. Several summits on Manaslu/2008 are validated in official registers, in spite of almost nobody going further than Himex on that occasion. Phurba was honest to not claim the main summit, that is sadly credited to others. If those are valid, than Phurbas also should be, and he should officially have 27!

Here go some more curiosities:



First Balti Pakistani climber - Hassan Asad Khan
First Dominicans - Karim Marino Mella and Ivan Gomez Carrasco
First Mauritius Islands climber - Jaysen Arumugum [7 Summits completed]
First Mongolian lady climber - Gangaamaa Badamgaray [first female 8000er summit for Mongolia]


First Azerbaijani - Israfil Ashurly
First Asturian Spanish lady climber - Rosa Fernandez
First Brazilian lady climber - Cleonice Weidlich
First Iranian - Azim Gheychisaz
First Irish - Anselm Murphy
First Serbian - Dragan Celikovic
First Turkish - Tunç Findik


First Chinese lady climber - Wang Jing
First German lady climber - Barbara Bierling
First Hungarians - Laszlo Gal and Zsolt Eross

Cho Oyu

First Bolivians - Bernardo Guarachi and Elio Guarachi [father and son]


First Norwegians - Stian Voldom, Oyvind Ton and Britt Volden


First Iranian lady climber - Parvaneh Kazemi

Annapurna IV

Almost unnoticed, the first Nepali lady climbers to summit Annapurna IV were Nima Rai, Shantikala Rai, Minu Gurung and Saraswati BK, guided by Tendi Sherpa.



Oldest Indian lady climber - Premlata Agrawal (45)
Youngest Brazilian climber - Carlos Eduardo Santalena (24)
Youngest Swedish climber - Robin Trygg (24)


Oldest climber to summit Kangchenjunga - Guntis Brands (59)
Oldest lady climber to summit Kangchenjunga - Rosa Fernandez (51)
Oldest Chinese climber - Rao Jiang-Feng (47)
Oldest French climber - Philippe Gatta (42)
Oldest Indian climber - Basanta Kumar Singha Roy (51)
Oldest Italian climber - Mario Panzeri (47)
Oldest Russian climber - Nikolay Totmjanin (52)
Youngest Swiss climber - Cedric Hählen (29)


Oldest climber to summit Lhotse - Carlos Soria (72)
Youngest climber to summit Lhotse - Arjun Vajpai (17)
Oldest Australian climber - Gavin Vickers (41)
Oldest Chinese climber - Liang Zhang (47)
Oldest Czech climber - Radek Jaros (46)
Oldest New Zealander climber - David McKinley (42)
Youngest French lady climber - Sophie Denis (32)


Oldest Romanian climber - Horia Colibaçanu (34)


29.04 - MN - Isa Mir-Shekari (IRA, 38) [HACE]
01.05 - EV - Rick Hitch (USA, 55) [collapsed]
09.05 - EV - Sailendra Kumar Upadhyaya (NEP, 82) [icefall collapse]
12.05 - MN - Bernard Milian (FRA, 53) [disappearance]
12.05 - MN - Alain Laurens (FRA, 54) [disappearance]
12.05 - MN - Tashi Sherpa (NEP, 36) [disappearance]
13.05 - EV - Takashi Ozaki (JAP, 58) [HAPE]
21.05 - EV - John Delaney (IRL, 41) [heart stroke]
22.05 - MK - Joelle Brupbacher (SWZ, 33) [AMS]
23.05 - CO - Ronald Naar (HOL, 56) [AMS]

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