Famous People Who Died While Climbing Mountains

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Famous People Who Died While Climbing Mountains

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 Mallory
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    George Herbert Leigh Mallory (18 June 1886 – 8 or 9 June 1924) 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, 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 (245 m) 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 had reached the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 37 (1886-1924)
    • Birthplace: Mobberley, England
  • Rolf Bae
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    Rolf Bae (9 January 1975 – 1 August 2008) was a Norwegian Arctic adventurer and mountaineer. Bae operated an adventure company called Fram, specializing in Arctic and Antarctic travel and survival courses.
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1975-2008)
    • Birthplace: Trondheim, Norway
  • Peter Boardman (25 December 1950 – 17 May 1982) 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.
    • Age: Dec. at 31 (1950-1982)
    • Birthplace: Stockport, United Kingdom
  • Andrew Irvine
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    Andrew Comyn "Sandy" Irvine (8 April 1902 – 8 or 9 June 1924) was an English mountaineer who took part in the 1924 British Everest Expedition, the third British expedition to the world's highest (8,848 m) mountain, Mount Everest. While attempting the first ascent of Mount Everest, his climbing partner George Mallory and he disappeared somewhere high on the mountain's northeast ridge. The pair was last sighted only a few hundred metres from the summit, and if the pair reached the summit before they perished is unknown. Mallory's body was found in 1999, but Irvine's body has never been found.
    • Age: Dec. at 22 (1902-1924)
    • Birthplace: Birkenhead, United Kingdom