Top Ten Best Male Rock Climbers of 2015

Rock climbing has been listed as one of the most athletic sports in the world (number 2 according to ESPN Magazine). It takes a combination of mental ability, focus, physical strength and power, hand/eye coordination, nerves of steel, etc.

The climbers on this list are the best of the best in climbing in 2015. While not all the best climbers are men, this list is all about the boys. Often the first to push the sport to new limits, the men of climbing are pioneers and adventurers of the highest sort.
The Top Ten
1 Alex Honnold

It's one thing to project a difficult problem and succeed. It's entirely another to put your money where your mouth is and solo the routes Alex has. Alex begs the question, what makes you a better climber - Difficulty of a route/problem, or the mental aspect involved and all the obstacles you have to overcome? I believe the answer to be a combination of both, with more weight given to the mental aspect of climbing. Alex is that guy - He's the best.

This trad/sport/alpine/soloist climber has done it all. The hardest lines all over the world have fallen to Alex's hands. His nerves of steel soloing Yosemite walls have put him in the world news and provided some new boundaries for what can be done.

2 Chris Sharma

Pioneering in the sport, Chris Sharma is perhaps one of the most iconic climbers of the modern era. He has consistently put up the hardest routes in the most daring styles. From hard sport routes in Spain to incredible boulders all over the US, Sharma has put rock climbing in the mind of the mainstream.

He was the first ever person to climb a 5.15 route!

3 Adam Ondra

In terms of risk and adrenaline it's going to be Honnold but pure climbing alone it's Adam Ondra. He redpointed the Dawn Wall only in a week and he had climbed all the hardest routes there are. Indoor he's also stellar winning bouldering and lead title multiple times. Quite frankly, you can't find anyone as dominant as him be it indoor or outdoor.

This Czech native has climbed the hardest sport routes in the world and done so at the tender age of 22. Winner of World Championships in two different disciplines, Adam is only just beginning his reign at the top.

4 Dean Potter

Both infamous as well as revolutionary in the sports of climbing, BASE jumping, and highlining, Dean has redefined the sport and pushed the limits of what is possible. From climbing iconic Arches in Utah to free-sloing some of the highest and hardest peaks in the world, Dean has been in the spotlight for decades.

5 Tommy Caldwell

Known as the best Yosemite climber in history, his groundbreaking ascents of big walls have been the stories of legend. With an attitude of possibility, Caldwell has challenged himself beyond what was thought possible.

Completely awesome... for real... and a humble decent person. The best thing for climbing since Royal Robbins.

I did a report on this guy. He's really awesome.

6 Daniel Woods

This boulderer/sport climber has put up and sent some of the hardest problems and route anywhere. His cheerful attitude and impeccable style on the rock makes him an impressive athlete to watch.

He's a goofy, laid back guy who is also incredibly strong. Definitely the best or one of the best boulderers of all time. He won ABS nationals for bouldering multiple times in a row and has climbed first ascents up to V16

7 Sean McColl

I'm watching him right now on American ninga warrior and he just completed stage two on USA verses the world. So amazing!

Sean Mccoll is amazing rock climber with amazing strength.

Awesome grip skills and very adaptable!

8 Paul Robinson

Another boulderer, Paul has some amazing abilities to hold rocks nobody else can touch. While he is a specialist, he is an amazing specimen nonetheless.

9 Joe Kinder

This guy has been around for years lurking in the shadows. His ascents might not get the attention they deserve but are impressive by any accounts.

10 Alex Megos

He's so young and has so much potential - we've definitely not seen all Alexander Megos has to give!

One of the strongest climbers I've seen, amazing finger strength.

The Contenders
11 Isaac Caldiero

Caldiero is one of the best rock climbers in the whole world. He was also the first ever American Ninja Warrior.

Two words to describe this man, humble beast.

He's the first American ninja warrior he's officially the best

12 Sonnie Trotter

This Canadian hardman has set some new limits on trad climbing that will be hard to follow. His landmark ascents have been immortalized on film and made headlines in and outside of the climbing world.

13 Magnus Midtbø

Insanely strong, dexterous and has great approach to any problem

14 Ashima Shiraishi

She has the most potential out of anyone else on this list. Give it 5 years and she'll be the best female, and it wouldn't surprise me if she was also competing with the likes of Ondra and Megos and whoever comes after them.

A girl climbing a V15 boulderen at the age of 14? Ondra didn't do that. Chris Sharma dreamt about it...

She's on track to being one of the strongest climbers in the world.

15 Cedar Wright

Cedar is a climber who's personality almost rivals his climbing ability. Seen anywhere from Yosemite to Indian Creek, his ascents of hard climbs and boulders make him a great mentor to learn from.

16 Nalle Hukkataival
17 Jan Hojer

Won the 2014 bouldering world cup and came in second 2015. As far as I know currently the best German climber. Further bouldering achievements: 3rd place during the world championships 2014 and 1st at the European championships 2015. Definitely one of the best boulderers in the world.

18 Leo Houlding

He is brilliant and the way he moves is so smooth. The best!

He has such a smooth style.

19 Dmitri Sarafutdinov
20 Nikken Daniels
21 Christian Core

He has been climbing for years. This soft-spoken man let's his beast strength show who he really is. He has set the original path and has sent what many say to be the world's most difficult boulder problem, a V16 named Gioia, which many say to have microscopic crimp holds. It has only been repeated by 2 other legendary climbers, Adam Ondra, and Nalle Hukkataival.

22 Tomoa Narasaki
23 Jyothiraj

The Jyothiraj alias Kothiraj is known as Monky man. He is the Indian number one rock spider man. He can claimb big Rock, Fort Walls, Gokak and Jog Falls wall and Buildings without using precautionary instruments. He is living in Chitradurga, Kadnataka State, India. He is too human kind. He has been giving free education and training to poor people who has interested to learn climbing the rock. Really he is the finest and best claimber in the world. You can search him in web by putting his nams.

24 Janja Garnbret
25 Ben Harnden "Butters"
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