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In memoriam

Kim Schmitz

He had the first ascent of Trango Tower (6286m) and Uli Bihao (6109m) in Karakoram. He was part of the team which made the first ascent of Gaurishnaker (7181m) in 1979. He participated in a 300 km ski traverse of Karakoram with Galen Rowell.... more

Junko Tabei

Tabei reached the summit of the world's highest mountain in 1975, at the age of 35. In 1992, she also became the first woman to complete the Seven Summits, reaching the highest peaks of the seven continents. As of 2008, Tabei had climbed the highest peaks of 56 countries.... more

Aspi Moddie

Aspi Moddie lived several lives in his long life of 93 years. He was part of the British army and fought in the Arakan mountains in Burma. Being injured he returned to civil life soon. Starting as an IAS officer in independent India he was posted at the India-Nepal border.... more

Ian McNaught-Davis

He started as a leading rock climber and till old age he was climbing at good standards. His greatest achievement in climbing was to make the first ascent of Muztagh Tower [7,276 m] with Joe Brown, John Hartog and Tom Patey in 1956.... more

Climbing Sherpas
of Darjeeing

Today the word 'Sherpa' is synonymous with mountain climbing. The Sherpa project was initiated in 2012 to record the lives of Sherpa climbers and their families in Darjeeling, beginning from the earliest days of exploration and expeditions in the Himalaya.