Best Mountaineers of All Time

(or alpinism) is the sport of mountain climbing.

The question here is: Who are the best mountaineers in history? Of course,
teamwork is essential in climbing and many would argue that because of this
there is no such thing as "the best" in this sport, but it is hard to
deny that there are some individuals that simply rise above the others, that
are brave enough to try new possibilities, that push the boundaries enough to
leave a permanent mark in the sport. This list is for them.

The Top Ten

1 Jerzy Kukuczka

Jerzy Kukuczka was a Polish alpine and high-altitude climber, widely considered among the climbing community to be one of the best high-altitude climbers in history. On 18 September 1987, he became the second man to climb all 14 eight-thousanders, 13 of them without the use of supplemental oxygen, a feat he achieved in just 7 years, 11 months and 14 days. He climbed 4
eight-thousanders in winter, including 3 for the first time, and 2 in only one season (the only person so far to do so).
Kukuczka established new routes in 10 eight-thousanders (a still unbeaten record), including one on K2 in alpine style (the so-called "Polish Line" or "Suicidal route") which no one has ever repeated. - felviper

9 new routes on 8000m peaks, 4 winter ascents with 3 being first winter ascents on 8000m peaks, 1 normal route being Lhotse, apline style and solo ascents, unrepeated K2 s face route regarded as suicidal no other climber can match this record and all done in 8 years. Fell to death at 8,200m on massive lhotse s face on very hard route. Greatest climber!

True warior

2 Reinhold Messner

Changed the history forever.

Born mountaineer

No word for him

-1970 Nanga Parbat traverse with the first ascent of Rupal face and descending from Diamir face from an unexplored route (Never repeated).
-1978 Nanga parbat solo ascent in alpine stile on new route. First full solo ascent of an 8000er. First full alpine style ascent.
-1978 Everest first ascent without O2.
-1980 Everest first solo ascent again without O2. Partially new route and during the monsoon season.
-1984 Gashembum I and II traverse. First traverse of 2 eight-thousander.
-1986 First man climbing all the 14 eight-thousander. All of them without O2
-Never died

Plus several extreme first ascents in the Alps in the 60's

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3 Alex Lowe
4 Hermann Buhl

Against all odds, all rules, a true legend!

Hermann Buhl was an Austrian mountaineer, considered one of the best climbers of all time. He was particularly innovative in applying alpine style to Himalayan climbing. He was the first person to ascend Nanga Parbat (solo and without bottled oxygen) and Broak Peak, both eight-thousanders. - felviper

5 Simone Moro
6 Ed Viesturs

Great climber for many reasons. I like his risk management best.

Edmund Viesturs is a high-altitude mountaineer and corporate speaker. He is the only American to have climbed all 14 eight-thousanders, and the fifth person to do so without using supplemental oxygen. He has summitted peaks of over 8,000 meters on 21 occasions, including Mount Everest seven times. - felviper

7 Kurt Diemberger
8 Juanito Oiarzabal

Juan Eusebio Oiarzabal Urteaga is a Spanish Basque mountaineer. He was the sixth man to reach all 14 eight-thousander summits, and the third one in reaching them without supplementary oxygen. He was the first person to conquer the top 3 summits twice, and has summited eight-thousanders 25 times. - felviper

9 Anatoli Boukreev

This man saved many lives... he deserved better treatment.

10 Wanda Rutkiewicz

The Contenders

11 Toma┼ż Humar

One of the best mountain climbers ever.
Not only in my country, in whole world.

His mind, his quotes, his climbing achivements, his love to climb and respect to mountains and life

12 Krzysztof Wielicki
13 Sir Edmund Hillary
14 Carlos Carsolio
15 Tenzing Norgay
16 Erhard Loretan


17 Jean Troillet
18 George Mallory

He is my Great-Great Grandfather, so my opinion is biased, but he was a great mountaineer

19 Denis Urubko
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