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List of famous mountain guides, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top mountain guides in the world? This includes the most prominent mountain guides, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable mountain guides is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic mountain guides 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 mountain guides.

These people, like Arnold Awerzger and John Cheney include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known mountain guides to the lesser known mountain guides of today, these are some of the best professionals in the mountain guide field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous mountain guides ever?" and "What are the names of famous mountain guides?" then you're in the right place. (24 items)
Barry Bishop is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Mountain Guides
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Barry Chapman Bishop (January 13, 1932 – September 24, 1994) 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 of his life, beginning as a picture editor in 1959 and serving as a photographer, writer, and scientist with the society until his retirement in 1994. He was killed in an automobile accident near Pocatello, Idaho later that year. ...more on Wikipedia

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Lionel Terray is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Mountain Guides
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Lionel Terray

Lionel Terray (25 July 1921 – 19 September 1965) was a French climber who made many first ascents, including Makalu in the Himalaya (with Jean Couzy on 15 May 1955) and Cerro Fitzroy in the Patagonian Andes (with Guido Magnone in 1952). A climbing guide and ski instructor, Terray was active in mountain combat against Germany during World War II. After the war, he became well known as one of the best Chamonix climbers and guides, noted for his speedy ascents of some of the most notorious climbs in the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps: the Walker Spur of the Grandes Jorasses, the south face of the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey, the north-east face of Piz Badile, and the north face of the Eiger. ...more on Wikipedia

Norman Clyde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Mountain Guides
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Norman Clyde (April 8, 1885 – December 23, 1972) was a mountaineer, mountain guide, freelance writer, nature photographer, and self trained naturalist. He is well known for achieving over 130 first ascents, many in California's Sierra Nevada and Montana's Glacier National Park. He also set a speed climbing record on California's Mount Shasta in 1923. The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley has 1467 articles written by Clyde in its archives. ...more on Wikipedia

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Gaston Rébuffat

Gaston Rébuffat (7 May 1921, Marseille – 31 May 1985, Paris) was a French alpinist, mountain guide, and author. He is well known as a member of the first expedition to summit Annapurna 1 in 1950 and the first man to climb all six of the great north faces of the Alps. In 1984, he was made an officer in the French Legion of Honour for his service as a mountaineering instructor for the French military. At the age of 64, Gaston Rébuffat died of cancer in Paris, France. The climbing technique Gaston was named after him. A photo of Rébuffat atop the Aiguille du Roc in the French Alps can be found on the Voyager Golden Records. ...more on Wikipedia