Sherpa climbers die in an avalanche becoming the first reported deaths
Summit: May 29, 1953: Tenzing Norgay & Sir Edmund Percival
Hillary (New Zealand) via the South-East Ridge Route. (Western Cwn, Lhotse face to the South-East ridge.)
1960: May 25, 1960: Chinese
team makes first Summit of Everest via the North Ridge.
Whittaker reaches the Summit of Everest becoming the first
1963: May 22, 1963: The
first ascent of the Everest West Ridge, actually the West
Ridge/North Face by Willi Unsoeld and
Also the first traverse as
they descended the South East Ridge/ South Col.
May 20, 1965: Nawang Gombu Sherpa becomes the first person to
Summit Everest twice. Both of his summits were via the South
east ridge, his first as a member of
Jim Whittaker's American
Expedition were he became the 11th person to summit Everest.
Out of the first seventeen summits of Everest, Nawang had two
Tabei of Japan became the first woman to reach the summit on
5/16/75 via the South-East Ridge.
1975: A Tibetan
woman, Phantog, reaches the Summit only a few days after Junko
on 5/27/75. Becoming he second woman to summit Everest and the
first woman to summit from the North (Tibet) side.
24, 1975: Dougal
Haston and Doug Scott Summit via the South west face.
Ascent without bottled oxygen: Peter Habeler (Austria) and
Reinhold Messner (Italy) 5/8/78 via the South-East Ridge
first European woman and the third woman to summit Everest, Wanda
Rutkiewicz, reaches the top. Wanda goes on to become known
as the greatest woman climber ever.
first woman, Hannelore Schmatz, dies on Everest descending
from the Summit after becoming only the 4th woman to Summit
1979: May 13, 1979: Andrej
Stremfelj and Jernej (aka Nejc) Zaplotnik reached the Summit via the true West ridge
and descend via the Hornbein Couloir. Also the first
Slovenians climbers to Summit Everest.
Winter ascent Krzysztof
Wielicki (Poland) 2/17/80
1980: May 10,
1980: Tsuneoh Shigehiro and Takashi Ozaki made the first full
ascent of the North Face (Japanese Couloir to the Hornbein Couloir)
1980: May 19,
1980: Jerzy Kukuczka and Andrzej Czok followed the South
Pillar on the right hand edge of the Southwest Face.
20, 1980: Solo:
Reinhold Messner (Italy) 8/20/80 via the North Col to the
North Face and the Great Couloir. He climbed for three days
entirely alone from his base camp at 6500 meters without the
use of artificial oxygen via the North Col/North Face route.
Skreslet first Canadian to reach the Summit on October 5, 1982.
1982: May 4,
1982: 11 Russia climbers reached the Summit via the South West
Pillar left of the Great Central Gully on the Southwest
8, 1983: Lou Reichardt,
Kim Momb, and Carlos Buhler reached the Summit via the East or
1984: First Indian women to
climb Mount Everest was Bachendri Pal on 5/23/84.
3, 1984: Australians Tim Macartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer
reached the Summit via the North Couloir (North Face to Norton
Couloir) without bottled oxygen.
1984: October 20, 1984: Phil
Ershler becomes first American to summit the North side of
Bass reaches the Summit of Everest becoming the oldest person
at the time, 55.
1986: May 20,
1986: Canadian Sharon Wood became the first North American
woman to Summit Everest and climbed the new route of the west
Shoulder from the Rongbuk Glacier and continued on to the
Summit via the Hornbein Couloir.
1988: May 12,
1988: British Stephen Venables, climbed a line to the left of
the left of the 1983 Kangshung Face route.
September 29,1988 The First
American Woman, Stacey Allison reaches the Summit of Everest
via the South East ridge.
woman without oxygen Lydia Bradey (New Zealand) 10/14/88.
1989: May 16,
1989 Ricardo Torres, the Mexican climber was the first Latin
American climber to summit Everest.
Carsolio was the first Mexican and Latino American to climb Everest
Married Couple to summit together: Andrej & Marija
Stremfelj (Slovenia), 10/7/90. Marija was
also the first Slovenian women to summit Everest.
Son of a summiter to Summit Everest:
Peter Hillary (New
First Swedish male to ascent is Mikael Retersward, on May 11,
father and son to summit together: Jean Noel Roche and his son
Roche Bertrand aka Zebulon. They flew together on a tandem paraglider from the
south Col. They landed at base camp on the 7th of October
1990. Roche Bertrand was 17 at the time and became the
youngest person to ever climb Everest at the time.
case of two brothers to reach the Summit together: Alberto
and Felix Inurrategui September 25, 1992.
first Nepalese woman, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, summits Everest but
dies descending from the Summit on 4/23/93.
Dicky Dolma becomes the youngest
woman to Summit Everest at 19 years old.
11th, 1995: The first
ascent of the Northeast Ridge on May 11th, completed by Kiyoshi Furuno
(Japan), Shigeki Imoto (Japan), Dawa Tshering Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, and Nima Sherpa.
1995: May 14,
1995 Waldemar Niclevicz first Brazilian to climb Everest.
Became the first Turkish and Muslim climber in the world to
climb Mt Everest, May 1995.
first ascent of the North-Northeast couloir by Peter Kuznetzov,
Valeri Kohanov and Grigori Semikolenkov on 5/20/96.
Lene Gammelgaard became the first Danish and Scandinavian
woman to summit Everest via the South-East Ridge
Route route on May 10, 1996.
1996: First swede without artificial oxygen
was Goran Kropp on May 23, 1996.
1999: Babu becomes
the first and only climber to sleep on the Summit. Babu
spent over 21 hours on the Summit of Everest.
Staartjes on 5/13/99 became the first and
only Dutch woman to Summit Everest.
Avila Carsolio was the first Mexican and Latioamerican to
summit Everest on 05/05/99.
1999: First Swedish female was Renata
Chlumska on May 5, 1999.
2000: Nazir Sabir: First
Pakistani to summit the Everest 5/17/2000
true Ski descent: Davo
Roche Bertrand and
his wife Claire Bernier Roche flew together on a tandem
paraglider from the North side Summit of Everest. The
paraglider arrived at ABC 8 minutes later...This first husband
and wife to fly from the Summit together !
Stefan Gatt the
first to Snowboard from the Summit of Everest.
on his Snowboard completed the
first-ever descent of Everest on a snowboard from the Summit
American Erik Weihenmayer becomes the first ever blind person
to Summit Everest.
Viviana Cuq, Cristina Prieto and Patricia Soto, from Chile,
became the first south American women to reach the summit of
Everest, on May 22, 2001, via the South-East Ridge
Tendup, the first Yak Man to summit Everest in 2001
2001: EVELYNE BINSACK: The first Swiss woman to summit Everest.
Phil and Susan Ershler reached the summit of Mt. Everest
becoming the first couple to climb the Seven Summits together.
Additionally, they became the First American couple to climb
Yuichiro Miura Summited Everest at 70 to become the oldest man
to reach the Summit. He summited with his son. Gota Miura.
American Gary Guller become the first person with only one arm
to Summit Everest.
George Dijmarescu Summits Everest five times from the North in
Apa Sherpa Summits Everest for a record 13th time.
The Chinese Broadcast LIVE from the Summit of Everest again.
Become the youngest American to
Babu's Sherpa Speed ascent record is broken
Three Brothers Summit Everest on the same day
2003: Apa Sherpa summits for
the 13th time.
2003: Everest speed record
set and then broken: Mr. Pemba Dorjie
Sherpa (25 yrs) Climbing Sherpa from Rolwaling on 23 May 2003
summited Mt Everest in 12 hours 45 Minutes which was the world
record with oxygen until Lakpa Gelu Sherpa (36 yrs), Climbing
Sirdar from Jubing - 1, KhariKhola, Solukhumbu, Nepal summited
in only 10 Hours 56 Minutes and 46 Seconds.
Zed Al-Refai (Kuwait) As the First Arab to Summit Everest
in May 22, 2003
2003: And more to come....
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add: Michael Jorgensen the first Dane to reach the top.
Tenzing Sherpa - grandson of Tenzing Norgay - first time a
third generation of one family climbed Everest.
Spanish climber without oxygen: Oscar Cadiach