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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died While Climbing Mountains
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died While Climbing Mountains
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died While Climbing Mountains
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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 Boukreev is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died While Climbing Mountains
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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: Eurasia, Korkino, Russia, Chelyabinsk Oblast
    • Profession: Mountaineer
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    Wanda Rutkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died While Climbing Mountains
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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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