Everest Firsts

1922: 7 Sherpa climbers die in an avalanche becoming the first reported deaths on Everest.

1953: First 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.

1963: James Whittaker reaches the Summit of Everest becoming the first American.

1963: May 22, 1963: The first ascent of the Everest West Ridge, actually the West Ridge/North Face by Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein.

Also the first traverse as they descended the South East Ridge/ South Col.

1965: 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 of them!

1975: Junko 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.

1975: September 24, 1975: Dougal Haston and Doug Scott Summit via the South west face.

1978: First Ascent without bottled oxygen: Peter Habeler (Austria) and Reinhold Messner (Italy) 5/8/78 via the South-East Ridge

1978: The 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.

1979: The first woman, Hannelore Schmatz, dies on Everest descending from the Summit after becoming only the 4th woman to Summit Everest.

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.

1980: First 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) of Everest.

1980: May 19, 1980: Jerzy Kukuczka and Andrzej Czok followed the South Pillar on the right hand edge of the Southwest Face.

1980: August 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.

1982: Laurie 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 Face.

1983: October 8, 1983: Lou Reichardt, Kim Momb, and Carlos Buhler reached the Summit via the East or Kangshung face.

1984: First Indian women to climb Mount Everest was Bachendri Pal on 5/23/84.

1984: October 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 Everest.

1985: Dick 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.

1988: September 29,1988 The First American Woman, Stacey Allison reaches the Summit of Everest via the South East ridge.

1988: First 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.

1989: Carlos Carsolio was the first Mexican and Latino American to climb Everest without oxygen.

1990: First Married Couple to summit together: Andrej & Marija Stremfelj (Slovenia), 10/7/90. Marija was also the first Slovenian women to summit Everest.

1990: First Son of a summiter to Summit Everest: Peter Hillary (New Zealand) 5/10/90

1990: First Swedish male to ascent is Mikael Retersward, on May 11, 1990.

1990: First 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.

1992: First case of two brothers to reach the Summit together: Alberto and Felix Inurrategui September 25, 1992.

1993: The first Nepalese woman, Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, summits Everest but dies descending from the Summit on 4/23/93.

1993: Dicky Dolma becomes the youngest woman to Summit Everest at 19 years old.

1995: May 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.

1995: Nasuh Mahruki Became the first Turkish and Muslim climber in the world to climb Mt Everest, May 1995.

1996: The first ascent of the North-Northeast couloir by Peter Kuznetzov, Valeri Kohanov and Grigori Semikolenkov on 5/20/96.

1996: 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.

1999: Katja Staartjes on 5/13/99 became the first and only Dutch woman to Summit Everest.

1999: Elsa 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

2000: First true Ski descent: Davo Karnicar

2001: 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 !

2001: Stefan Gatt the first to Snowboard from the Summit of Everest.

2001:Marco Siffredi on his Snowboard completed the first-ever descent of Everest on a snowboard from the Summit to ABC.

2001: American Erik Weihenmayer becomes the first ever blind person to Summit Everest.

2001: 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

2001: Karsang Tendup, the first Yak Man to summit Everest in 2001

2001: EVELYNE BINSACK: The first Swiss woman to summit Everest.

2002: 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 Mt. Everest.

2003: Yuichiro Miura Summited Everest at 70 to become the oldest man to reach the Summit. He summited with his son. Gota Miura.

2003: American Gary Guller become the first person with only one arm to Summit Everest.

2003: George Dijmarescu Summits Everest five times from the North in FIVE YEARS!

2003: Apa Sherpa Summits Everest for a record 13th time.

2003: The Chinese Broadcast LIVE from the Summit of Everest again.

2003: Jess Roskelley Become the youngest American to Summit Everest

2003: Babu’s Sherpa Speed ascent record is broken

2003: 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.

2003: Zed Al-Refai (Kuwait) As the First Arab to Summit Everest in May 22, 2003

2003: And more to come….Ok, We have a TON more to add here. Help us submit the “first” you think should be listed to web@everestnews2004.com

To add: Michael Jorgensen the first Dane to reach the top.

Tashi Tenzing Sherpa – grandson of Tenzing Norgay – first time a third generation of one family climbed Everest.

First Spanish climber without oxygen: Oscar Cadiach

2004: On the 16th May Vicky Jack became the oldest British woman to climb Mount Everest at the age of 51

2004: Appa Sherpa made his 14th ascent of Mount Everest on the 17th May

2004: On the 18th May Clare O’Leary became the first Irish woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest

2004: 21st May saw Pemba Dorje Sherpa make a speed record of 8 hours and 10 minutes from base camp to summit of Mount Everest

2005: A new height for Mount Everest was taken from GPS to be 29.017ft and 2 inches

2005: On the 30th May Moni Mulepati and Pem Dorjee became the first to exchange wedding vows on the summit of Mount Everest

2005: Appa Sherpa made his 15th ascent of Mount Everest on the 31st May

2005: Explorer Ranulph Fiennes reached a height of 27,560ft on Mount Everest before pulling out on his summit attempt on the 3rd June

2005: Jake Meyer at the age of 21 became the youngest Briton to summit Mount Everest on the 4th June

2006: Mark Ingliz from New Zealand became the first ‘double amputie’ (has artificial legs) to reach Everest’s summit on the 15th May

2006: On the 17th May Kenton Cool became the first Briton to have reached the summit of Everest 3 times

2006: Rob Gauntlet and James Hooper became the youngest Britons aged 19 to reach Everest’s summit on the 17th May

2006: Pauline Sanderson became the first person to complete the longest climb on earth, from the Dead Sea and reaching the summit of Everest on the 18th May

2006: On the 19th May Apa Sherpa reached the summit of Everest for his 16th time

2006: On the 22nd May Will Cross from Pittsburgh became the first person with ‘Type 1 Diabetes’ to reach the summit of Everest

2006: Ming Kipa Sherpais the youngest girl at the age of 15 to reach the summit of Everest on the 24th May

2006: On the 24th May Lakpa Tharke Sherpa stood on the summit of Everest for 3 minutes ‘bare chested’

2006: On the 25th May Austrian climber Christian Stangl made a speed ascent from the North side of Everest taking 16 hours 42 minutes from Base Camp to summit. He then took just 6 hours from the summit back to Base Camp on the same day

2007: Chhiring Dorje Sherpa climbed to the summit 3 times within 2 weeks. Summit dates were 2nd May, 15th May and 16th May

2007: On the 15th May David Tait became the first Briton to Traverse Mount Everest, starting from Tibet North side and ending in Nepal South side

2007: Apa Sherpa broke his own record on the 16th May by reaching the summit of Mount Everest for his Seventeenth time

2007: British climbers Kenton Cool and Robert Casserly reached the summit of Everest twice in the same week, on the 17th and 24th May

2007: On the 22nd May Katsusuke Yanagisawa from Japan became the oldest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. He was 71 years, 2 months and 2 days old

2007: On the 24th May Tori James became the first Welsh woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest

2007: Dutchman Wim Hoff reached an altitude of 24,278ft on Mount Everest wearing a pair of shorts on the ? May

2008: Sir Edmund Hillary sadly passed away aged 88 on the 11th January

2008: On the 22nd January New Zealand hold a State Funeral for Sir Edmund Hillary

2008: The first Saudi Arabian, Farouq Saad Hamad Al-Zuman reached the summit of Everest on the 21st May

2008: On the 22nd May Apa Sherpa reached Mount Everest summit for the eighteenth (18) time

2008: Australian Cheryl Bart and her daughter Nicole Bart were the first mother-and-daughter to summit Everest together on the 24th May

2008: On the 25 May 76-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan from Nepal became the oldest person to summit Mount Everest

2008: The 26th May saw Dave Hahn become the first non-Sherpa to summit Everest for the tenth (10) time

2009: On the 21st May, at the age of 65, Sir Ranulph Fiennes became the oldest Briton to have reached the summit of Everest

2009: On the 21st May Noel & Lynne Hanna became the first husband and wife from Northern Ireland to reach the top of the world

2009: British climber Kenton Cool reached the summit of Everest on the 21st May making it his seventh time, the most for any Briton

2009: Apa Sherpa made his 19th ascent to the summit on 21st May, the most ever

2009: With Adele Pennington‘s latest ascent to the summit Everest on the 20th May this makes her the first British female to summit twice

2009: Nickolay Cherny, a Russian guide for the 7 Summits team summitted Everest on the 21st May at the age of 70

2009: Krushnaa Patil age 19, became the youngest Indian women to scale the Mount Everest on the 21st May

2009: On the 22nd May American climber Dave Hahn made his eleventh trip to the summit, the most of a non-Sherpa

2009: Bill Burke age 67 takes the title for being the oldest American to reach the summit on the 23rd May

2009: On 23rd May Lori Schneider age 52 from USA reached the summit of Everest with multiple sclerosis

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  6. can anyone plz tell who is the first Bangladeshi national to climb at the Everest?

  7. Who was the first, if any, South African to summit? (Race regardless).

  8. The information collection is great and I found it very useful. It would be more better if you add the photographs of all the climbers. Thank you for such usful information

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