There are more insane true stories of mountain climbers out there than you can count. Unfortunately, more than a couple of these stories end with climbers losing their lives doing what they love. Everest, K2, Nanga Parbat, and many more of the world's tallest peaks are the settings for some of the most insane mountain climbing stories you'll ever hear.
Mountain climbing injuries of all kinds are incredibly frequent and you'll be amazed at some of the incredible things that these climbers have lived through. Of course, for every crazy mountain climbing story with a happy ending, there's another with a considerably less happy ending.
Perhaps the saddest parts of this list aren't the stories about death, but what happened after the stories about survival and heroism. Too many of the great men and women on this list went on to die at young ages - some from illness or circumstances unrelated to climbing, but most as a result of future mountain climbing accidents. From Hermann Buhl to Anatoli Boukreev, many of these climbers could only avoid death so many times.Fortunately, not all of these mountain climbing tales end in tragedy. Some of these men and women lived well into old age and others are still alive today. For some, it was the birth of their children that convinced them to come down the mountain; for others, they merely survived time and time again until they had had enough. No matter how these stories end, they all help to paint the picture of just what it means to be a mountain climber.