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Famous People Who Died While Climbing Mountains

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List of famous people who died while climbing mountains, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died while mountain climbing are listed alphabetically and include the famous mountaineering victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. This list has a variety of people, like Rob Hall and Toni Kurz, in it. These notable mountaineering deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has died while climbing mountains as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (51 People)


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    George Mallory
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    George Herbert Leigh Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. During the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition, Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew "Sandy" Irvine both disappeared on the North-East ridge during their ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1886-1924)
    • Birthplace: Mobberley, England
    • Profession: Mountaineer, Teacher
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    Rolf Bae was a Norwegian Arctic adventurer and mountaineer. Bae operated an adventure company called Fram, specializing in Arctic and Antarctic travel and survival courses. He was married to Cecilie Skog, the first woman to complete the Explorers Grand Slam. She has climbed the highest mountains of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1975-2008)
    • Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Peter Boardman was a British mountaineer and author. He is best known for a series of bold and lightweight expeditions to the Himalayas, often in partnership with Joe Tasker, and for his contribution to mountain literature. Boardman and Tasker died on the North East Ridge of Mount Everest in 1982. The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1950-1982)
    • Birthplace: Stockport, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Andrew Irvine
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    Andrew "Sandy" Comyn Irvine was an English mountaineer who took part in the 1924 British Everest Expedition, the third British expedition to the world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. While attempting the first ascent of Mount Everest, he and his climbing partner George Mallory disappeared somewhere ...more

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    • Age: Died at 22 (1902-1924)
    • Birthplace: Birkenhead, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Robert Edwin Hall MBE was a New Zealand mountaineer best known for being head guide of a 1996 Mount Everest expedition in which he, a fellow guide, and two clients perished. A best-selling account of the expedition was given in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. At the time of his death, Hall had just ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1961-1996)
    • Birthplace: New Zealand
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Scott E. Fischer was an American climber and guide, and the first American to summit 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1955-1996)
    • Birthplace: Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Anatoli Nikolaevich Boukreev Russian: Анато́лий Никола́евич Букре́ев was an ethnic-Russian Kazakhstani mountaineer who made ascents of ten of the fourteen eight-thousander peaks, i.e., peaks above 8,000 m, without supplemental oxygen. From 1989 through 1997, he made 18 successful ascents of peaks above ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1958-1997)
    • Birthplace: Korkino, Russia
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Wanda Rutkiewicz
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    Wanda Rutkiewicz was a Polish mountain climber. She was the first woman to successfully summit K2.more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1943-1992)
    • Birthplace: Plungė, Lithuania
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Alison Jane Hargreaves was an English mountain climber from Derbyshire. Her accomplishments included scaling Mount Everest alone without supplementary oxygen in 1995. She soloed all the great north faces of the Alps in a single season—a first for any climber. This feat included climbing the difficult ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1963-1995)
    • Birthplace: Derbyshire, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    José Antonio Delgado
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    José Antonio Delgado Sucre was the first Venezuelan mountaineer to reach the summit of five eight-thousanders and one of the most experienced climbers in Latin America. Known as el indio, Delgado led the first Venezuelan Everest expedition in 2001. On May 23 of that year, he and Marcus Tobía were the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1965-2006)
    • Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Jean-Christophe Lafaille
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    Jean-Christophe Lafaille was a French mountaineer noted for a number of difficult ascents in the Alps and Himalaya, and for what has been described as "perhaps the finest self-rescue ever performed in the Himalaya", when he was forced to descend the mile-high south face of Annapurna alone with a broken ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1965-2006)
    • Birthplace: Gap, France
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Chantal Mauduit was a French alpinist.more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1964-1998)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Julie Tullis was a British climber and film-maker who died on the descent of K2 during a storm along with four other climbers from several expeditions during the 'Black Summer' of 1986.more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1939-1986)
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    Vladyslav Terzyul, was an Ukrainian alpinist, one of the world's premier high-altitude climbers. He is said to be one of the few people to have climbed all eight-thousander peaks and the first Ukrainian ever. However this claim is disputed because he did not reach the highest point on Shishapangma, but ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1953-2004)
    • Birthplace: Artyom, Russia, Russia
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Alan Paul Rouse was the first British climber to reach the summit of the second highest mountain in the world, K2, but died on the descent.more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1951-1986)
    • Birthplace: Wallasey, United Kingdom
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    Ginette Harrison was a professional climber of British origin. She also lived in Australia and the United States. She studied medicine at the University of Bristol and later specialized in high altitude medicine. At age 25 she climbed Denali, the highest mountain in North America. It was the first of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1958-1999)
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Markus Kronthaler

    Markus Kronthaler was an Austrian gendarme and mountaineer. Kronthaler was born in Kufstein, Tyrol. He was an officer in the alpine section of Austria's Gendarmerie, which he left in 2003 to become a professional climber. Surviving a free fall of 150 meters into snow in January 2006, Kronthaler led a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1967-2006)
    • Birthplace: Austria
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    Albert F. Mummery

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    Albert F. Mummery
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    Albert Frederick Mummery, was an English mountaineer and author. Although most notable for his many and varied first ascents put up in the Alps, Mummery, along with J. Norman Collie, Hastings, and two Gurkhas are also known to have been the first men in recorded history to have attempted to summit one ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1855-1895)
    • Birthplace: Dover, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Susan Erica Fear was an Australian mountain climber, passionate supporter of the Fred Hollows Foundation and a 2005 recipient of the Order of Australia medal in the Queen's birthday honours. Her life and climbing career is illustrated in the book Fear No Boundary: The Road to Everest and Beyond, written ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1963-2006)
    • Birthplace: Australia
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Vitor Negrete

    Vítor Negrete was a prominent mountaineer and the first Brazilian to reach the summit of Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen. Negrete was also a prominent adventure racer beginning in 2001. Among many other adventures, he had crossed the Amazon Rainforest and traveled from São Paulo state to the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1967-2006)
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