Autumn-Winter 2011 Update to the Himalayan Database
The Autumn-Winter 2011 update to the Himalayan Database adds new records for expeditions in the Autumn-Winter 2011 seasons and provides corrections and additions to records for the previous seasons from 1900-2011.
Note that all 2004 to 2010 Updates and the Spring 2011 Update to the Himalayan Database should be applied to the original database before this update is applied. If you have not applied these earlier updates, you may apply instead the Combined 2004-2011 update to the original Himalayan Database CD (the combined update includes the Autumn-Winter 2011 update). Substitute the Combined update file for Autumn-Winter 2011 update file in the updating instructions below.
This update also adds two new fields to the EXPED database (COMRTE and STDRTE) that indicate climbs that were done on the commercial routes for Ama Dablam, Cho Oyu and Everest and the standard routes for the other 8000m peaks; and adds two new fields to the PEAKS database (HIMAL and REGION) that further describe the location of the peaks. These new fields are only added if you first download and install the new Himal 1.5 version of the database program before applying the update. If you apply the update with an earlier version of the Himal program, the new fields will not be added.
The complete instructions for updating the Himalayan Database are given in Appendix E of the Himalayan Database Program Guide. A brief summary is given below.
Updating the Himalayan Database
First download the compressed Autumn-Winter 2011 Update file from the web site onto your hard drive and decompress by double-clicking on the update package.
For Windows users, the update package is in the file Himal Autumn 2011 Updates.zip
For Power Macintosh users, the update package is in the file Himal Autumn 2011 Upd.sea.hqx
The result of the decompression is a folder with the name "Himal Autumn 2011 Updates" containing 14 update files:
The files of the form "exp..." and "mem..." contain the changes to be applied to the EXPED and MEMBERS tables. The files of the form "refer..." and "peaks..." are replacement files for the current files in the Himdata folder that are automatically loaded during the update process.
Make sure that you have your original Himalayan Database CD available (and inserted into your computer) before starting the update process as you may be required to reauthenicate the database when you restart the program after completing the update.
Start the Himal program and use the Update command in the File menu to apply the updates to the Himalayan Database. Confirm that you wish to proceed with the update and then navigate to the Himal Autumn 2011 Updates folder and select the first file named "expchgs.dbf" and click the OK button in the Open dialog box. All remaining update files are loaded automatically during the update process. Confirmation messages are given that each of the four tables (expeditions, members, literature references, and peaks) has been updated.
For Windows users, the Himalayan Database may be updated using either the original version of the Himal program or versions 1.1, 1.2.1, 1.3, 1.4 or 1.5 of the Himal program that is posted on this web site.
For Power Macintosh users, the Himalayan Database may be updated using either the original version of the Himal program or versions 1.1.1, 1.2.1, 1.3 or 1.4 of the Himal program that is posted on this web site. Do not use version 1.1 which was posted earlier as there is an error in the update processing in that version. There is no Himal 1.5 version available for Power Macintosh users. Himal 1.4 is the last version that is compatible with Power Macintosh.