Dyhrenfurth, Hettie

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Dyhrenfurth, Hettie Gender: F
Harriet Pauline Heymann
born on 16 November 1892 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Breslau, Poland, 51n06, 17e00
Timezone LMT m17e00 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°08' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 15°43 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 16°12'

Hettie Dyhrenfurth (map of Sia Kangri)


German-Swiss mountaineer whose ascent of the western summit of Sia Kangri (7315 m 24,370 ft) in 1934 set the women's world altitude record, which stood for 20 years. Her ascent occurred while she was a member of the International Himalaya Expedition, led by her husband, Swiss-German Günther Dyhrenfurth. This expedition was the first to climb Sia Kangri.

She divorced Günter Dyhrenfurth in 1936, and the same year was awarded the Olympic Mountaineering Prize (Prix olympique d'alpinisme) at the Summer Games in Berlin.

She had three children, including Norman Dyhrenfurth, the mountaineer and filmmaker who led the successful American Mount Everest Expedition of 1963, which placed six climbers on the summit.

Hettie Dyhrenfurth died on 28 October 1972 in Orange, California, aged 79.

Link to Wikipedia biography (German)


  • Relationship : Marriage 1911
  • Work : Prize 1936 (Olympic Mountaineering Prize/ "Prix olympique d'alpinisme")
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1936 (Günther Dyhrenfurth)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry.


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Günther Dyhrenfurth, 1911-1936)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Vocation : Sports : Other Sports (Mountaineer)
  • Vocation : Travel : Adventurer (Mountaineer)
  • Vocation : Travel : Explorer (Mountaineer)
  • Notable : Awards : Olympics
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (Held women's world altitude record for 20 years)