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 Ginette Lesley Harrison & Gary Pfisterer

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Gary Pfisterer led the first US led successful Expedition to K2 in 2000 in several years in which several climbers reached the Summit.

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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.


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

  • Ginette & Gary Autumn 99 Plans: DHAULAGIRI 8167m

First in Gary's own words...

Ginette and Gary met on Everest and summitted hand in hand on 7 October 1993, #s 502 and 503.  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 summitted on 22 May 1999. Gary


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, University of

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 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.



DATE OF BIRTH 14 June 1952


Rock Climbing since 1988 - lead 5.8

Ice Climbing since 1988 - lead grade VI


Fall 1998 Organized and led International Shishapangma Expedition, North Ridge, Central Summit 8008m.

Spring 1998 Organized and led International Kangchenjunga Expedition, reached 8450 on the North Face at The Pinnacles, without supplementary oxygen

Oct 1997 Ama Dablam 6856m South East Ridge

Sept 1997 Cho Oyu 8201m North West Ridge without supplementary oxygen

Apr/May 1997 Attempt Kangchenjunga 8586m North Face

March 1997 Attempt Ama Dablam 6856m South East Ridge

Jan 1997 New Zealand:

Mount Aspiring South West Ridge (III)

Mount Cook Great Gully and Grand Traverse (V)

Mount Cook West Ridge and grand Traverse (IV)

Mount Silberhorn and Tasman Traverse (III/IV)

Mount Dixon Traverse (II+)

May 1996 Ecuador: Chimborazo Direct

Tungarahua Normal

Attempts on Illineza Norte and Sur and Carihuairazo

May 1996 Diablootian, Dominica, Normal

Dec 1995 Mount Vinson, Antarctica, Normal

Ojos Del Salado, Chile, Normal

May 1995 Mount Logan, Canada, Third unsupported alpine style traverse of East Ridge to King Trench, climbing East and West Peaks as well as Logan Peak. (2 person team)

March 1995 Mauna Kea, Hawaii, South Ridge

Mauna Loa, Hawaii, Saddle Route

Dec 1994 Rin Jani Traverse, Lombak, Indonesia

Nov 1994 Carstenz Pyramid, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, Normal

Ngga Pulu, Normal

Sept 1994 Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, led Heim Glacier (IV)

Mount Kenya, Kenya led Diamond Couloir Direct (VI)

Aug 1994 Mount Elbrus, Russia, Normal

Fall 1993 Mount Everest 8848m Nepal, South Col

Aug 1992 Mont Blanc, France, Grand Mulets

Matterhorn, Switzerland, Hornli Ridge

Attempt Eiger, Switzerland, Mittleggi Ridge

May 1992 Denali, Alaska West Butress

Dec 1991 Aconcagua, Argentina, Polish Glacier

June 1991 Attempt Denali Traverse, Alaska

March 1991 Mount Washington, New Hampshire, Davis Path/Lions Head Solo Winter

Nov 1990 Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Marangu

July 1990 Mount Ranier, Washington, Cowltz

Nov 1989 Chimborazo, Ecuador, Whymper

Tungarahua, Ecuador, Normal 

Feb 1989 Mount Washington, New Hampshire, Lions Head,

Nov 1988 Ixtaccihuatl, Popocatepetl, Orizaba, Mexico.

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