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. Featuring Everest climbers, female rock climbers, and more, this list has it all.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.
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 attempt to make the first ascent of the world's highest mountain. The pair were last seen when they were about 800 vertical feet from the summit. Mallory's ultimate fate was unknown for 75 years, until his body was discovered on 1 May 1999 by an expedition that had set out to search for the climbers' remains. Whether Mallory and Irvine reached the summit of Everest before they died remains a ...more
Age: Died at 38 (1886-1924)
Birthplace: Mobberley, Englandsee more on George Mallory
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 every continent in addition to reaching the South Pole and North Pole. In 2000/2001, Bae crossed Antarctica with fellow explorer Eirik Sønneland, completing what was then the world's longest ski journey, 3800 km long, taking 105 days to complete; the record was beaten by Rune Gjeldnes in 2006. On December 27, 2005, he arrived at the South Pole, after skiing from the ice shelf, and on April 24, ...more
Age: Died at 33 (1975-2008)
Birthplace: Trondheim, Norwaysee more on Rolf Bae
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 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature was established in their memory. ...more
Age: Died at 32 (1950-1982)
Birthplace: Stockport, United Kingdomsee more on Peter Boardman
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 high on the mountain's northeast ridge. The pair were last sighted only a few hundred metres from the summit. Mallory's body was found in 1999, but Irvine's body has never been found. ...more
Age: Died at 22 (1902-1924)
Birthplace: Birkenhead, United Kingdomsee more on Andrew Irvine