Nepalese mountaineer, 1966-2001.
Yesterday Babu Chiri, regarded as one of greatest climbers of Mount Everest
ever, fell to his death in a crevasse on the mountain that he loved so
Babu was of the Sherpa people, and had been climbing his whole life,
starting as a porter at the age of 13. With the money he earned from helping
large expeditions, he was has started collecting money to build
a school in his home village Aklang, close to Mount Everest. Babu himself
never had the opportunity to go to school.
Babu holds the records for fastest ascent of Mount Everest - 16 hours and
40 minutes from Everest Base Camp. He's also the person spending the longest
time on the summit without supplementary oxygen. He made this by setting up
a tent at the summit !
Babu leaves behind his wife and his six daughters, aged 14, 12, 8, 6, 4 and 2
If you want to know more about the Babu Chiri School Fund, check
Ascents by Babu Chiri:
1989 Kanchenjunga (8598m)
1990 Dhaulagiri (8167m)
1990 Mount Everest South East Ridge
1991 Mount Everest North Ridge
1991 Mount Everest South Face
1992 Mount Everest West Ridge
1993 Mount Everest North Ridge
1994 Shisha Pangma (8013m) (Twice)
1995 Mount Everest North Ridge (Twice)
1995 Cho Oyu (8153m)
1996 Mount Everest South East Ridge
1997 Mount Everest South Face
1998 Ama Dablam
1999 Mount Everest
1999 Mount Everest 21 hours on the summit without supplementary oxygen
2000 Mount Everest Speed Record, 16 hrs 40 mins from the Everest Base Camp.