READ Famous Male Rock Climbers

Reference
7.5k views 7 items

List of famous male rock climbers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male rock climbers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being rock climbers. There are thousand of males working as rock climbers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic rock climbers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a rock climber then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing contains people like John Salathe and Wayne Merry.

While this isn't a list of all male rock climbers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male rock climbers?" and "Who are the best male rock climbers?"
John Salathé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Rock Climbers
Photo: Freebase/CC-BY

John Salathé was a pioneering rock climber, blacksmith and the inventor of the modern piton. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 93 (1899-1992)

Birthplace: Switzerland

see more on John Salathé
Chris Sharma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Rock Climbers
Photo: Freebase/GNU Free Documentation License

Chris Omprakash Sharma is an American rock climber. In 2007, NPR wrote that Sharma had been described as the world's best rock climber. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 36

Birthplace: Santa Cruz, California, USA

see more on Chris Sharma
Warren Harding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Rock Climbers
Photo: Freebase/CC-BY-SA
3

Warren Harding


Warren Harding was one of the most accomplished and influential American rock climbers of the 1950s to 1970s. He was the leader of the first team to climb El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, in 1958. The route they climbed, known as The Nose, ascends 2,900 feet up the central buttress of what is one of the largest granite monoliths in the world. Harding climbed many other first ascents in Yosemite, some 28 in all, as well as making the first true big-wall ascents in the Sierra Nevada range of California. He was nicknamed "Batso", a reference to his remarkable penchant for spending days living on vertical cliffs and his exuberant and iconoclastic character. Harding developed specialized equipment ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 78 (1924-2002)

Birthplace: United States of America

Also Ranked

#35 on Every President's Most Controversial Pardon, Ranked

4

J. M. Archer Thomson


James Merriman Archer Thomson was a British rock-climber and mountaineer. Thomson climbed extensively in North Wales with others such as Oscar Eckenstein. He was a believer in leading on sight, and was not keen on O. G. Jones's practice of surveying a route with a top-rope. He extensively explored the cliffs of Lliwedd, and in 1909 with A. W. Andrews, produced the first official climbing guide to the cliff. He authored the second, to the Ogwen District, the following year. From 1896 until his death in 1912 he was Headmaster of Llandudno County School. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 49 (1863-1912)