Hristo Prodanov

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Hristo Prodanov (Bulgarian: Христо Проданов) (February 24, 1943 - April 21, 1984) was a Bulgarian mountaineer. He was the first Bulgarian to climb Mount Everest. He did this through the more difficult west side and without oxygen and alone. He is the first to climb Everest in April, when the weather conditions are too harsh for an expedition. Unfortunately he died in a storm during the descent.

Prodanov was still a student when he became involved in mountaineering. He began work as a metallurgical engineer in Kremikovtzi AD in 1976.

Prodanov had his first 7000 m ascent on August 6, 1967 when he climbed Lenin Peak. He had previously climbed several peaks in the Alps.

His major successes were related to Hindu Kush (1976) and Lhotse. In 1981, he was the first Bulgarian to climb Lhotse without the use of supplementary oxygen.

Climbs[edit]

8000m ascents[edit]

  • Lhotse (8516m) - April 30, 1981, solo, without oxygen
  • Everest (8848m) - April 20, 1984, solo, without oxygen

7000m ascents[edit]

  • Lenin Peak (7134m) - August 2, 1975, July 28, 1982, August 6, 1982, July 13, 1983, August 2, 1983
  • Communism Peak, today known as Ismail Samani Peak (7495m) - July 29, 1980, July 24, 1983
  • Peak Korzhenevskaya (7105m) - July 28, 1979, July 31, 1979, August 8, 1982, July 29, 1983
  • Noshaq (7492m) - July 30, 1976

Alps[edit]

Caucasus[edit]

Awards[edit]

Prodanov received several awards, including:

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