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EverestHistory.com: Ginette Lesley Harrison


The Ginette Harrison Memorial Fund

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 the best.

Below is more information on Ginette Lesley Harrison & Gary Pfisterer

  • First in Gary's own words where they met.
  • CLIMBING CURRICULUM VITAE Ginette Lesley Harrison

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

NATIONALITY:  British

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, University of

Colorado, Denver, USA (1982-1984)

CLIMBING EXPERIENCE:

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

EXPEDITIONS:

1999-May Makalu (8463m) - first British female ascent

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 Jaya

Ngga Pullu (16,000 ft), Irian Jaya

Mt Kenya (17,058 ft), Diamond couloir

Kilimanjaro (19,340 ft) Heim glacier route, Tanzania

Elbrus (18,510 ft) Russia

1993 Himalayan Kingdoms Everest Expedition - 2nd

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 ft.

(see Himalayan Journal Vol. 47, p124-133, 89/90)

1988 Huascaran (22,500 ft), Peru

1987 Ghondokhoro (19,000 ft), Karakoram, Pakistan

Gundang (20,000 ft), Pisang (20,100 ft),

Thorong (20,200 ft), Chulu East (19,900 ft), Nepal

1986 British Bhutan Expedition - Medical Officer

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 Buttress, Alaska

1982 Mt. Kenya (17,058 ft), normal route.

 
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