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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. (February 13, 1910 – August 12, 1989) was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group at Bell Labs that included John Bardeen ...more
Aleister Crowley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Aleister Crowley (; born Edward Alexander Crowley; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist, and mountaineer. He founded the ...more

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Joe Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Joe Simpson (born 1960) is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. While climbing in Peru in 1985, he suffered severe injuries and was thought lost after falling into a ...more
John Muir is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
John Muir (; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains" and "Father of the National Parks", was an influential Scottish-American naturalist, ...more
Aron Ralston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Aron Lee Ralston (born October 27, 1975) is an American outdoorsman, mechanical engineer and motivational speaker known for surviving a canyoneering accident by cutting off his own arm. During a ...more
Alexander von Humboldt ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (, also US: , UK: , German: [ʔalɛkˈsandɐ fɔn ˈhʊmbɔlt] (listen); 14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859) was a Prussian polymath, geographer, ...more

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Leslie Stephen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Sir Leslie Stephen (28 November 1832 – 22 February 1904) was an English author, critic, historian, biographer, and mountaineer, and father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell.
Petrarch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Francesco Petrarca (Italian: [franˈtʃesko peˈtrarka]; July 20, 1304 – July 18/19, 1374), commonly anglicized as Petrarca (), was an Italian scholar and poet during early Italian Renaissance who ...more

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George Mallory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Barry Bishop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Alan Watts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher who interpreted and popularised Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, England, he moved ...more
John Donne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
John Donne ( DUN; 22 January 1572 – 31 March 1631) was an English poet and cleric in the Church of England. He is considered the pre-eminent representative of the metaphysical poets. His works ...more

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George Bass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
George Bass (; 30 January 1771 – after 5 February 1803) 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 (March 23, 1907 – May 10, 1989) was an American mathematician. He was one of the founders of singularity theory, and did foundational work in manifolds, embeddings, immersions, ...more
Rolf Bae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Henry D. Washburn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Henry Dana Washburn (March 28, 1832 – January 26, 1871) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana and a colonel and brevet brigadier 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
David Sharp (15 February 1972 – 15 May 2006) was an English mountaineer who died near the summit of Mount Everest. His death caused controversy and debate, because he was passed by a number of ...more
Peter Boardman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
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 ...more
Alison Hargreaves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Alison Jane Hargreaves (17 February 1962 – 13 August 1995) was a British mountain climber. Her accomplishments included scaling Mount Everest alone, without supplementary oxygen or support from ...more
John Tyndall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
John Tyndall FRS (; 2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) was a prominent 19th-century Irish physicist. His initial scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he made ...more
Louis Agassiz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (; French: [aɡasi]; May 28, 1807 – December 14, 1873) was a Swiss-American biologist and geologist recognized as an innovative and prodigious scholar of Earth's ...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 (August 23, 1940 – August 11, 2002) was a wilderness photographer, adventure photojournalist and climber. Born in Oakland, California, he became a full-time photographer in
José Antonio Delg... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
José Antonio Delgado
José Antonio Delgado Sucre (13 May 1965 – 22 July 2006) was the first Venezuelan mountaineer to reach the summit of five eight-thousanders and one of the most experienced climbers in ...more
Rob Hall is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Robert Edwin Hall (14 January 1961 – 11 May 1996) was a New Zealand mountaineer. He was the head guide of a 1996 Mount Everest expedition in which he died, along with a fellow guide and two ...more