List of Famous Mountaineers People

List of Famous Mountaineers

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List of famous mountaineers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top mountaineers in the world? This includes the most prominent mountaineers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable mountaineers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic mountaineers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned mountaineers.

List people include Aron Ralston, George Bass and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known mountaineers to the lesser known mountaineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the mountaineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous mountaineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous mountaineers?" then you're in the right place. (514 items)


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    William Shockley
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    William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group that included John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, the duo who invented the transistor. The three were jointly awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Shockley's attempts to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1910-1989)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Mountaineer
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    Aleister Crowley
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    Aleister Crowley, born Edward Alexander Crowley was a British occultist, writer and mystic. He is perhaps best known today for his occult writings, especially The Book of the Law, the central sacred text of Thelema. Crowley was also an influential member in several occult organizations, including the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1875-1947)
    • Birthplace: Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Astrologer, Writer, Mountaineer
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    Joe Simpson is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. He is best known for his book Touching the Void and the 2003 film adaptation of his book.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Profession: Author, Athlete, Motivational speaker, Mountaineer
    • Credits: Touching the Void
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    John Muir
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    John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, author, and early advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States. His letters, essays, and books telling of his adventures in nature, especially in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, have been read by millions. His activism helped to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1838-1914)
    • Birthplace: Dunbar, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Inventor, Scientist, Geologist, Writer, + more
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    Aron Lee Ralston is an American outdoorsman, engineer and motivational speaker. He survived a canyoneering accident in south-eastern Utah in 2003, during which he amputated his own right forearm with a dull pocketknife in order to extricate himself from a dislodged boulder, which had him trapped for ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Marion, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Motivational speaker, Mountaineer, Engineer
    • Credits: 127 Hours
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    Alexander von Humboldt
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    Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, and explorer, and the younger brother of the Prussian minister, philosopher and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt. Humboldt's quantitative work on botanical geography laid the foundation for the field of biogeography.more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1769-1859)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Scientist, Naturalist, Mountaineer, Explorer
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    Leslie Stephen
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    Sir Leslie Stephen KCB was an English author, critic and mountaineer, and the father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1832-1904)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Writer, Mountaineer
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    Petrarch
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    Francesco Petrarca, commonly anglicized as Petrarch, was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy, and one of the earliest humanists. Petrarch's rediscovery of Cicero's letters is often credited for initiating the 14th-century Renaissance. Petrarch is often called the "Father of Humanism". In ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1304-1374)
    • Birthplace: Arezzo, Italy
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Mountaineer
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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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    Barry Chapman Bishop was an American mountaineer, scientist, photographer and scholar. With teammates Jim Whittaker, Lute Jerstad, Willi Unsoeld and Tom Hornbein, he was a member of the first American team to summit Mount Everest, on May 22, 1963. He worked for the National Geographic Society for most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1932-1994)
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Climatologist, Scholar, Physiologist, Diplomat, Climber, + more
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    Alan Watts
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    Alan Wilson Watts was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved to the United States in 1938 and began Zen training in New York. Pursuing a career, he attended ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1915-1973)
    • Birthplace: Chislehurst, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Physician, Mountaineer, Philosopher
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    John Donne
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    John Donne was an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual style and include sonnets, love poems, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1572-1631)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Poet, Writer, Mountaineer, Lawyer
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    George Bass
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    George Bass was a British naval surgeon and explorer of Australia.more

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    • Birthplace: Aswarby, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Surgeon, Mountaineer
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    Hassler Whitney was a mathematician and mountaineer.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1907-1989)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Mountaineer
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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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    Henry D. Washburn
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    Henry Dana Washburn was a U.S. Representative from Indiana and a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1832-1871)
    • Birthplace: Windsor, Vermont, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Mountaineer, Lawyer
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    David Sharp
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    David Sharp was an English mountaineer and Cho Oyu summiter who died near the summit of Mount Everest. His death caused controversy and debate, because he was passed by a number of other climbers heading to and returning from the summit during his own solo attempt with no support or team.more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1972-2006)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Mathematician, Mountaineer, Teacher
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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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    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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    John Tyndall
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    John Tyndall FRS was a prominent 19th century physicist. His initial scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he made discoveries in the realms of infrared radiation and the physical properties of air. Tyndall also published more than a dozen science books which brought ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1820-1893)
    • Birthplace: Leighlinbridge, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Physicist, Scientist, Mountaineer
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