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.

 1 Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley
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Famous As: Occultist
Birthdate: October 12, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: December 1, 1947

Aleister Crowley was an occultist, writer, and ceremonial magician. He is credited with founding a religion called Thelema and promised his followers with guiding them into the Aeon of Horus, a time of self-realization. More than seven decades after his death, Crowley remains influential among those who revere counterculture and Western esotericism and is considered a prophet in Thelema.

 2 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 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
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 5 Arne Naess, Jr.

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

 6 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
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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
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 8 Jon Krakauer

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

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

 10 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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 11 Jim Bridger

Jim Bridger
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: March 17, 1804
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 1881

 12 Reinhold Messner

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

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

 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 Bachendri Pal

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

 16 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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 17 Hannelore Schmatz

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

 18 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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 19 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

 20 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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 21 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

 22 Maurice Wilson

Maurice Wilson
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Famous As: Mountaineer
Birthdate: April 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: June 1, 1934
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 23 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

 24 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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 25 Jordan Romero

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

 26 Ed Viesturs

Ed Viesturs
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Famous As: mountaineer
Birthdate: June 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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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 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
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 29 Mark Inglis

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

 30 John Colter

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

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

 32 Jamling Tenzing Norgay

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

Dougal Haston
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: April 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: January 17, 1977

 34 Apa Sherpa

Apa Sherpa
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Famous As: mountaineer
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Nationality: Nepalese
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 35 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

 36 Jerzy Kukuczka

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

 37 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

 38 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

 39 Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner

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

 40 Jim Beckwourth

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

 41 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

 42 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

 43 Simone Moro

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

 44 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

 45 Pete Schoening

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

 46 Achille Compagnoni

Achille Compagnoni
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Famous As: Explorer, Biathlete, Ski mountaineer
Birthdate: September 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 13, 2009

 47 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

 48 Clarence King

Clarence King
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Famous As: Clarence Rivers King
Birthdate: January 6, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 24, 1901

 49 Richard Bass

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

 50 Hermann Buhl

Hermann Buhl
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Famous As: Mountaineer, Mountain guide
Birthdate: September 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: June 27, 1957
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