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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. 
William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Joe Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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.
John Muir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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, ...more
Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Alexander von Humboldt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Leslie Stephen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Sir Leslie Stephen KCB was an English author, critic and mountaineer, and the father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.
Petrarch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
George Mallory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Barry Bishop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Barry Chapman Bishop 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 ...more
Alan Watts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Alan Wilson Watts was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he ...more
John Donne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
John Donne was an English poet and a cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works are noted for their strong, sensual ...more
George Bass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
George Bass was a British naval surgeon and explorer of Australia.
Hassler Whitney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Hassler Whitney was a mathematician and mountaineer.
Rolf Bae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Henry D. Washburn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Henry Dana Washburn was a U.S. Representative from Indiana and a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
David Sharp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
David Sharp was an English mountaineer and Cho Oyu summiter who died near the summit of Mount Everest. His death caused controversy and debate, because he was passed by a number of other ...more
Peter Boardman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Alison Hargreaves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Alison Jane Hargreaves was an English mountain climber from Derbyshire. Her accomplishments included scaling Mount Everest alone without supplementary oxygen in 1995. She soloed all the great ...more
John Tyndall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
John Tyndall FRS was a prominent 19th century physicist. His initial scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he made discoveries in the realms of infrared ...more
Louis Agassiz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, commonly known as Louis Agassiz, was a Swiss-born and European-trained biologist and geologist recognized as an innovative and prodigious scholar of Earth's natural ...more
Malcolm Slesser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Malcolm Slesser
Malcolm Slesser was a Scottish energy analyst, scientist and mountaineer.
Galen Rowell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Galen Avery Rowell was a wilderness photographer and climber. Born in Oakland, California, he became a full-time photographer in 1972.
José Antonio Delgado is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
José Antonio Delgado Sucre was the first Venezuelan mountaineer to reach the summit of five eight-thousanders and one of the most experienced climbers in Latin America. Known as el indio, ...more
Rob Hall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Robert Edwin Hall MBE was a New Zealand mountaineer best known for being head guide of a 1996 Mount Everest expedition in which he, a fellow guide, and two clients perished. A best-selling ...more