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List of Famous Mountaineers

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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. 
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  • William Shockley
    William Bradford Shockley Jr. (February 13, 1910 – August 12, 1989) was an American physicist...  more
  • Aleister Crowley
    Aleister Crowley (; born Edward Alexander Crowley; 12 October 1875 – 1 December 1947) was an...  more

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  • Joe Simpson
    Joe Simpson (born 1960) is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. While...  more
  • John Muir
    John Muir (; April 21, 1838 – December 24, 1914) also known as "John of the Mountains" and...  more
  • Aron Ralston
    Aron Lee Ralston (born October 27, 1975) is an American outdoorsman, mechanical engineer and...  more
  • Alexander von Humboldt
    Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (, also US: , UK: , German: [ʔalɛkˈsandɐ fɔn...  more

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  • Leslie Stephen
    Sir Leslie Stephen (28 November 1832 – 22 February 1904) was an English author, critic,...  more
  • Petrarch
    Francesco Petrarca (Italian: [franˈtʃesko peˈtrarka]; July 20, 1304 – July 18/19, 1374),...  more
  • George Mallory
    George Herbert Leigh Mallory (18 June 1886 – 8 or 9 June 1924) was an English mountaineer who...  more
  • Barry Bishop
    Barry Chapman Bishop (January 13, 1932 – September 24, 1994) was an American mountaineer,...  more
  • Alan Watts
    Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British philosopher who...  more
  • John Donne
    John Donne ( DUN; 22 January 1572 – 31 March 1631) was an English poet and cleric in the...  more

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  • George Bass
    George Bass (; 30 January 1771 – after 5 February 1803) was a British naval surgeon and...  more
  • Hassler Whitney
    Hassler Whitney (March 23, 1907 – May 10, 1989) was an American mathematician. He was one of...  more
  • Rolf Bae
    Rolf Bae (9 January 1975 – 1 August 2008) was a Norwegian Arctic adventurer and mountaineer....  more
  • Henry D. Washburn
    Henry Dana Washburn (March 28, 1832 – January 26, 1871) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana...  more
  • David Sharp

    David Sharp

    David Sharp (15 February 1972 – 15 May 2006) was an English mountaineer who died near the...  more
  • Peter Boardman (25 December 1950 – 17 May 1982) was a British mountaineer and author. He is...  more
  • Alison Jane Hargreaves (17 February 1962 – 13 August 1995) was a British mountain climber. ...  more
  • John Tyndall
    John Tyndall FRS (; 2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) was a prominent 19th-century Irish...  more
  • Louis Agassiz
    Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (; French: [aɡasi]; May 28, 1807 – December 14, 1873) was a...  more
  • Malcolm Slesser

    Malcolm Slesser was a Scottish energy analyst, scientist and mountaineer....  more
  • Galen Rowell
    Galen Avery Rowell (August 23, 1940 – August 11, 2002) was a wilderness photographer,...  more
  • José Antonio Delgado

    José Antonio Delgado

    José Antonio Delgado Sucre (13 May 1965 – 22 July 2006) was the first Venezuelan mountaineer...  more
  • Rob Hall
    Robert Edwin Hall (14 January 1961 – 11 May 1996) was a New Zealand mountaineer. He was the...  more