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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

Robert W. Craig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Robert W. Craig Bob Craig is a mountaineer.

Scott Fischer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Scott E. Fischer was an American climber and guide, and the first American to summit 27,940-foot Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.

Wanda Rutkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Wanda Rutkiewicz was a Polish mountain climber. She was the first woman to successfully summit K2.

Lionel Terray is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Lionel Terray Lionel Terray was a French climber who made many first ascents, including Makalu in the Himalaya and Cerro Fitzroy in the Patagonian Andes. A climbing guide and ski instructor, Terray was active ...more

Andrew Irvine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Andrew "Sandy" Comyn Irvine was an English mountaineer who took part in the 1924 British Everest Expedition, the third British expedition to the world's highest mountain, Mount ...more

Francys Arsentiev is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Francys Arsentiev became the first woman from the United States to reach the summit of Mount Everest without the aid of bottled oxygen, on May 22, 1998. She then died during the descent.

Vladislav Terzyul is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Vladyslav Terzyul, was an Ukrainian alpinist, one of the world's premier high-altitude climbers. He is said to be one of the few people to have climbed all eight-thousander peaks and the first ...more

Jean-Christophe Lafaille is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Jean-Christophe Lafaille was a French mountaineer noted for a number of difficult ascents in the Alps and Himalaya, and for what has been described as "perhaps the finest self-rescue ever ...more

Clarence King is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Clarence Rivers King was an American geologist, mountaineer, and author. He served as the first director of the United States Geological Survey from 1879 to 1881. King was noted for his ...more

Anatoli Boukreev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Anatoli Nikolaevich Boukreev Russian: Анато́лий Никола́евич Букре́ев was an ethnic-Russian Kazakhstani mountaineer who made ascents of ten of the fourteen eight-thousander peaks, i.e., peaks ...more

Harish Kapadia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Harish Kapadia Harish Kapadia is a distinguished Himalayan Mountaineer from India. He has been awarded the Patron's Medal of the Royal Geographic Society, UK and the Life Time Achievement Award for Adventure ...more

Albert F. Mummery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Albert Frederick Mummery, was an English mountaineer and author. Although most notable for his many and varied first ascents put up in the Alps, Mummery, along with J. Norman Collie, Hastings, ...more

Jerzy Kukuczka is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Jerzy Kukuczka - was a Polish alpine and high-altitude climber. Born in Katowice, his family origin is Goral. On 18 September 1987, he became the second man, after Reinhold Messner, to climb all ...more

John Long is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
John Long John Long is an American rock climber and author whose stories, ranging from adventure yarns to literary fiction, have been translated into many languages. He has more than forty titles and two ...more

Karl Unterkircher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Karl Unterkircher Karl Unterkircher was an Italian mountaineer. He is mostly known for opening new mountain routes. Unterkircher was born in Sëlva. In 2004, he was the first alpinist to climb the two highest ...more

Ginette Harrison is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Ginette Harrison was a professional climber of British origin. She also lived in Australia and the United States. She studied medicine at the University of Bristol and later specialized in high ...more

Joe Tasker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Joe Tasker was one of the most talented British climbers during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Born into a traditional Roman Catholic family, he was one of ten children and spent his early ...more

Edmund Hillary is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary KG ONZ KBE was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist. On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Indian Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first ...more

Chantal Mauduit is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Chantal Mauduit was a French alpinist.

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa Pasang Lhamu Sherpa was the first Nepalese woman to climb the summit of Mount Everest. She was born into a mountaineering family and was involved in climbing from her teens. She had successfully ...more

Sue Fear is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Susan Erica Fear was an Australian mountain climber, passionate supporter of the Fred Hollows Foundation and a 2005 recipient of the Order of Australia medal in the Queen's birthday honours. Her ...more

Hristo Prodanov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Hristo Prodanov was a Bulgarian mountaineer. He was the first Bulgarian to climb Mount Everest. He did this through the more difficult west side and without oxygen and alone. He is the first to ...more

Yasuko Namba is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Yasuko Namba was famous in her native Japan for becoming the second Japanese woman to reach all of the Seven Summits including Everest, where she died. Namba worked as a businesswoman for ...more

Ferdinand von Mueller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller, KCMG was a German-Australian physician, geographer, and most notably, a botanist. He was appointed Government Botanist for the then colony of ...more

Heinrich Harrer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Mountaineers
Heinrich Harrer was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author. He is best known for being on the four-man climbing team that made the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger ...more