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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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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 listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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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: 55
    • Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Profession: Author, Athlete, Motivational speaker, Mountaineer
    • Credits: Touching the Void
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    John Muir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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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: 40
    • Birthplace: Marion, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Motivational speaker, Mountaineer, Engineer
    • Credits: 127 Hours
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    Alexander von Humboldt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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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: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Writer, Mountaineer
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    Petrarch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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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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