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 V 1 Comment
2 Reinhold Messner

Reinhold Messner is an Italian mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, and author.
He made the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen (along with Peter Habeler) and was the first climber to ascend all 14 eight-thousanders. - felviper

3 Alex Lowe
4 Hermann Buhl

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 Kurt Diemberger
7 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

8 Ed Viesturs

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

9 Sir Edmund Hillary
10 Tenzing Norgay

The Contenders

11 Wanda Rutkiewicz
12 Erhard Loretan
13 Jean Troillet
14 Krzysztof Wielicki
15 Denis Urubko
16 Carlos Carsolio
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