The Ginette Harrison
Ginette & Gary Autumn 99: DHAULAGIRI
8167m Fall 1999: Very Sadly Ginette Lesley Harrison died in this
climb... We lost a great climber and a wonderful person.
Older Updates: Makalu: Gary & Ginette
returned from Makalu (8463m), where Ginette became the first British
female to Summit Makalu. They had a very successful expedition with 4
reaching the summit: Marcus Stofer (Switzerland) April 30th via Messner
couloir, Hamish Robertson (Australia) May 22nd via French Spur, Ginette
Harrison (UK) May 22nd - French Spur, and Billy Pierson (USA) May 25th -
French Spur. Gary climbed with Hamish and Ginette on May 22nd. They had
several days of snow and it was tough-going breaking trail so they were
pretty slow. Gary sensibly turned around just below the East summit in
an attempt to get down before dark, while Hamish and Ginette pressed on
reaching the summit at 6pm. " Thankfully the weather was perfect, as we
all ended up spending the night out at 8000m - but no-one got
frostbite. We returned to Camp 4 at 5am to find Alan Hinkes and his
Sherpa in our tents!", Ginette told EverestNews.com
Ginette has clearly establish herself
as one of the best female high altitude climbers in the world, if not
Below is more information on Ginette
Lesley Harrison & Gary Pfisterer
- First in Gary's own words where they
- CLIMBING CURRICULUM VITAE Ginette
First in Gary's own words...
Ginette and Gary met on Everest and
summited hand in hand on 7 October 1993. We went on our honeymoon to Cho
Oyu and both summited in September, I believe it was the 21st. I
attempted Kangchenjunga in spring of 97 and led the expedition in spring
of 98. I got to about 8450m in 98 and Ginette reached the summit to
become the first woman in the world to climb this peak on 18 May 1998.
We both reached the central summit of Shishapangma in September 1998,
while this doesn't bag the peak for 8000 counters it was 8008meters. I
got to about 8400m on Makalu and Ginette summited on 22 May 1999. Gary
CLIMBING CURRICULUM VITAE
Ginette Lesley Harrison
DATE OF BIRTH: February 28, 1958
OCCUPATION: Family Practice physician with
special interest in high altitude medicine.
Medical Officer on several climbing and
research expeditions and the Everest Marathon (1989).
Medical Officer Himalayan Rescue Post,
Manang, Nepal (1987)
Research into high altitude physiology,
Colorado, Denver, USA (1982-1984)
Rock Climbing since age 15yrs in Europe,
Australia and USA.
Lead HVS 5a (5.8); Second 5b (5.9)
Snow & Ice Climbing since age 19yrs. Lead
Scottish Grade 4;
Second Grade 5
4 Alpine Seasons
1999-May Makalu (8463m) - first British
1998-Sept Central Summit of Shishapangma
(26,291ft) - first British female ascent.
1998-May Kangchenjunga North face
(28,208ft) - first female ascent of the mountain.
1997 Ama Dablam (22,625ft), Nepal
Cho Oyu (26,906ft), Tibet
Mt Cook -Grand Traverse; Mt Aspiring;
Silberhorn/Tasman/Syme Ridge; Mt Dixon, New Zealand
1995 Ojos del Salado (22,590ft), Chile
Mt Vinson (16,067ft), Antarctica
Mt Logan (19,850ft), Canada - unsupported
traverse: East ridge to King Trench.
1994 Carstenz Pyramid (16,023 ft), Irian
Ngga Pullu (16,000 ft), Irian Jaya
Mt Kenya (17,058 ft), Diamond couloir
Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) Heim glacier
Elbrus (18,510 ft) Russia
1993 Himalayan Kingdoms Everest Expedition
British woman to reach summit.
1991 Kosciusko (7,350 ft), Australia
Mera Peak (21,500 ft), Nepal
Kang Yatse (20,000 ft), Ladakh
1990 Aconcagua (23,000 ft), Argentina
1989 British Masherbrum Expedition,
Pakistan - Leader.
Reached expedition high point of 22,500
(see Himalayan Journal Vol. 47, p124-133,
1988 Huascaran (22,500 ft), Peru
1987 Ghondokhoro (19,000 ft), Karakoram,
Gundang (20,000 ft), Pisang (20,100 ft),
Thorong (20,200 ft), Chulu East (19,900
1986 British Bhutan Expedition - Medical
Reached Expedition high point of 22,500 ft
on Kangar Punsum
1984 Island Peak (20,320 ft), Nepal
1983 Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft), West
1982 Mt. Kenya (17,058 ft), normal route.