Komarkova, Vera

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Komarkova, Vera Gender: F
born on 25 December 1942 at 13:30 (= 1:30 PM )
Place Písek, Czech Republic, 49n19, 14e10
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
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Russian adventurer. In a history-making all-women expedition of ten mountain climbers, Komarkova and Irene Beardsley were the only pair able to scale successfully the 26,502 feet of the great Himalayan mountain, Annapurna, in Nepal. Frostbite and other problems took a toll on the remainder of the group. They estimated that they reached the top of Annapurna about 2:00 to 3:00 PM on 10/15/1978 (28 N.34, 83 E.50). The team had devoted a year and a half in careful preparation for this great adventure.

Two days later, two of the women were killed in the climb. For Komarkova, mountain climbing becomes a religious experience, "like being in a purifying state." Always interested, she began her first climb at age 16 when she joined a group of kindred souls at the University of Prague. The challenges drew her into marathon running and mountain climbing.

Komarkova emigrated to the U.S. on 1/06/1970 in order to expand her studies on alpine and arctic environments. A plant ecologist, she earned her Masters Degree in Physics in 1958 and her doctorate in December 1976. She worked as a solid state physicist. Married four times, she had her first child, a son, a few months before she turned 40, 8/02/1981, followed by two daughters.

A full account was given in the National Geographic Magazine March 1979. She developed breast cancer and died on May 25, 2005 in Leysin, Switzerland, age 62.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Beardsley, Irene (born 18 August 1935)


  • Social : End a program of study 1958 (Masters Degree in Physics)
  • Family : Change residence 6 January 1970 (Emmigrated to U.S.)
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  • Social : End a program of study December 1976 (Doctorate Degree in Physics)
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  • Work : Great Achievement 15 October 1978 at 02:00 AM in Annapurna, Nepal (Achieved the top of Annapurna, Himalayan Mtn.)
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  • Social : Great Publicity March 1979 (Accounting of climb in Nntl. Geographic)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 2 August 1981 (First child, son born)
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  • Death by Disease 25 May 2005 (Of breast cancer, age 62)
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Source Notes

T. Pat Davis quotes Dr. Mark Melton quoted her for "between 1:00 and 2:00 PM," rectified by Melton to 01:15 PM.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Doctorate in Physics)
  • Traits : Personality : Courageous
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One boy and two girls)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Hazardous work
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (10-member climbing team, all women)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Marathon runner)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Vocation : Science : Physics (Physicist)
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer (Mountain climber)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Gross motor control
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession