Mountaineers

Throughout history mountaineers from all over the world have attempted to scale the lofty peaks of formidable mountains like Mount Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, and many others. While some like New Zealand mountaineer Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Indian Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were successful in creating history by becoming the first ever human beings to reach the summit of Mount Everest—the Earth's highest mountain—many others like Rob Hall and Sherpa mountaineer Babu Chiri Sherpa died on the very mountain they set out to conquer. Mountaineering is a risky profession, even though it is highly adventurous and exciting. In attempting to scale mighty mountain peaks, the mountaineers take a huge risk—they might even lose their lives in their ambitious endeavors! But then, it is the very risk it carries that makes mountaineering such a thrilling adventure. Though it is difficult to imagine mountaineering without the aid of modern equipment and communication facilities, daredevils like the prominent 19th century physicist, John Tyndall, ventured into the Alps in the 1850s and became associated with the golden age of alpinism. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous mountaineers from all over the world.

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 1 Rob Hall

Rob Hall
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: January 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: New Zealander
Died: May 11, 1996

Rob Hall was a New Zealand mountaineer and the head guide of a Mount Everest expedition in 1996, during which he died along with two clients and a fellow guide. The ill-fated expedition was dramatized in the film Everest where Rob Hall was played by actor Jason Clarke.

 2 Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary
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Famous As: First person to climb Mt. Everest
Birthdate: July 20, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: New Zealander
Died: January 11, 2008
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the top of Mount Everest, as part of the British expedition led by John Hunt. Hillary also reached both the poles. He later served as an ambassador to Nepal and founded the Himalayan Trust to help the people of Nepal.
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 3 Green Boots

Green Boots
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: May 11, 1996

 4 Scott Fischer

Scott Fischer
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Famous As: Explorer, Rock climber
Birthdate: December 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 11, 1996
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 5 Jon Krakauer

Jon Krakauer
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Famous As: Journalist, Explorer, Writer
Birthdate: April 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 6 George Mallory

George Mallory
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: June 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, Tibetan
Died: June 9, 1924
A leading member of early expeditions to Mount Everest, George Mallory disappeared on the mountain while trying to reach the summit, along with Sandy Irvine. Mallory succeeded or not, it still remains a subject of research and speculation, yet he left footprints on the sands of time. 
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 7 Tenzing Norgay

Tenzing Norgay
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: May 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nepalese
Died: May 9, 1986

Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay, was one of the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the other being Edmund Hillary. He was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine. In his later years, he became the first Director of Field Training of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

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 8 Jim Bridger

Jim Bridger
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: March 17, 1804
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 1881
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 9 Arne Naess, Jr.

Arne Naess, Jr.
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Birthdate: December 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Norwegian
Died: January 13, 2004

 10 Yasuko Namba

Yasuko Namba
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: February 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: May 11, 1996
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 11 Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner
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Famous As: Explorer, Politician, Writer, Mountaineer
Birthdate: September 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian

 12 Jimmy Chin

Jimmy Chin
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: October 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 13 Heinrich Harrer

Heinrich Harrer
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: July 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 7, 2006

Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author Heinrich Harrer was part of the climbing team that made the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger. He took part in expeditions to Alaska, the Andes, and the Mountains of the Moon in central Africa in his later years. As a writer, he published Seven Years in Tibet. 

 14 Francys Arsentiev

Francys Arsentiev
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: January 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 24, 1998

 15 Junko Tabei

Junko Tabei
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Famous As: Explorer, Mountaineer
Birthdate: September 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: October 20, 2016

 16 Conrad Anker

Conrad Anker
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Famous As: Explorer, Writer
Birthdate: November 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 17 Dean Potter

Dean Potter
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Famous As: Mountaineer, Rock climber
Birthdate: April 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 16, 2015

 18 Yvon Chouinard

Yvon Chouinard
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Famous As: Mountaineer, Rock climber
Birthdate: November 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 19 Bachendri Pal

Bachendri Pal
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: May 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 20 Hannelore Schmatz

Hannelore Schmatz
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: February 16, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: October 2, 1979
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 21 Jordan Romero

Jordan Romero
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Famous As: Explorer, Writer, Mountaineer
Birthdate: July 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 22 Alex Lowe

Alex Lowe
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 5, 1999
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 23 Lincoln Hall

Lincoln Hall
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Famous As: Mountain climber
Birthdate: December 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Australian
Died: March 20, 2012

 24 Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs
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Famous As: mountaineer
Birthdate: June 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 25 Dan Osman

Dan Osman
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Famous As: Rock climber
Birthdate: February 11, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 23, 1998

 26 Apa Sherpa

Apa Sherpa
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Famous As: mountaineer
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Nationality: Nepalese
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 27 Chris Sharma

Chris Sharma
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Famous As: Rock climber
Birthdate: April 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 28 Wanda Rutkiewicz

Wanda Rutkiewicz
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Famous As: Explorer, Sportsperson, Q20683322, Mountaineer
Birthdate: February 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish
Died: May 12, 1992
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 29 John Colter

John Colter
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Famous As: Military Person
Birthdate: 1774 AD
Nationality: American
Died: November 22, 1813

 30 Ang Rita

Ang Rita
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Famous As: mountaineer
Birthdate: 1948 AD
Nationality: Nepalese
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 31 Mark Inglis

Mark Inglis
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Famous As: Winegrower, Sport cyclist
Birthdate: September 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: New Zealander

 32 Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: New Zealander
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 33 Peter Aufschnaiter

Peter Aufschnaiter
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Famous As: Explorer, Cartographer, Geographer, Rock climber
Birthdate: November 2, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Nepalese
Died: October 12, 1973

 34 Jerzy Kukuczka

Jerzy Kukuczka
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: March 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Polish
Died: October 24, 1989
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 35 Jim Beckwourth

Jim Beckwourth
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 6, 1798
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: October 29, 1866

 36 Jamling Tenzing Norgay

Jamling Tenzing Norgay
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian

 37 Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Austrian

 38 Warren Harding

Warren Harding
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Famous As: Rock climber
Birthdate: June 18, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 27, 2002

 39 Richard Bass

Richard Bass
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Famous As: entrepreneur, mountaineer
Birthdate: December 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 40 Simone Moro

Simone Moro
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Famous As: Mountaineer, Helicopter pilot
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 41 David Breashears

David Breashears
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 42 Maurice Wilson

Maurice Wilson
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: April 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: June 1, 1934

 43 Babu Chiri Sherpa

Babu Chiri Sherpa
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: June 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Nepalese
Died: April 29, 2001

 44 Pasang Lhamu Sherpa

Pasang Lhamu Sherpa
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: December 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Nepalese
Died: April 22, 1993

 45 Sir Leslie Stephen

Sir Leslie Stephen
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 28, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: February 22, 1904

 46 Walter Bonatti

Walter Bonatti
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Famous As: Mountaineer, Explorer, Photographer, Mountain guide, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: September 13, 2011

 47 Galen Rowell

Galen Rowell
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Famous As: Photographer, Mountaineer, Rock climber
Birthdate: August 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: August 11, 2002

 48 John Hunt, Baron Hunt

John Hunt, Baron Hunt
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Famous As: Army Officer
Birthdate: June 22, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian, British
Died: November 7, 1998

 49 Pete Schoening

Pete Schoening
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: July 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 22, 2004

 50 Edward Whymper

Edward Whymper
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: April 27, 1840
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: September 16, 1911
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