Ginette Lesley Harrison &
Harrison Memorial Fund
Gary Pfisterer led the first US led successful Expedition
to K2 in 2000 in several years in which several climbers reached the Summit.
Ginette & Gary Autumn 99:
Very Sadly Ginette Lesley Harrison died in this climb...
We lost a great climber and a wonderful
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...
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
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, 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
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 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 -
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.
CLIMBING CURRICULUM VITAE: Gary Pfisterer
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
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
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.