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List of Climbers

This list of climbers and mountaineers is a list of people notable for the activities of mountaineering, rock climbing (including bouldering) and ice climbing.


Christian Almer
Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi


Jacques Balmat
Adam Bielecki
Arlene Blum
David Breashears
Alexander Burgener


Yvon Chouinard
Johann Coaz
Emilio Comici
Michel Croz


Clinton Thomas Dent
Kurt Diemberger



Douglas Freshfield
Tom Frost


Conrad Gessner
Stefan Glowacz
Paul Güssfeldt


Heinrich Harrer
Edmund Hillary


Andrew Irvine
  • Marcel Ichac (1906-1994) France, filmed first French expedition in Himalaya Karakoram (1936) and the second Annapurna (1950)
  • Dimitar Ilievski (1953-1989) Macedonia, first Macedonian to climb Everest, died on the way back
  • Ulrich Inderbinen (1900-2004) Switzerland, guide, 371 Matterhorn ascents, the last at 90 years old
  • Alberto Iñurrategi (born 1968) Spain, youngest person to climb all eight-thousanders (33 years old) (4th without supplemental oxygen)
  • Andrew Irvine (1902-1924) UK, died on Everest with George Mallory (1924)
  • R. L. G. Irving (1877-1969) UK, Alpine pedagogue and author


Margaret Jackson
  • John Jackson (1921-2005) UK, first ascent of Jackson's Route
  • Margaret Jackson (1843-1906) UK, pioneer female mountaineer in the Alps
  • Nicolas Jaeger (1946-1980) France, first French ascent of Mount Everest
  • Tim Jarvis (born 1966) climbed the 25 equatorial mountains for Project 25Zero and re-created Shackleton's traverse over the mountains and glaciers of South Georgia.
  • Zbigniew Jaworowski
  • Narendra Dhar Jayal a.k.a. 'Nandu' Jayal (died 1958) India, first Director of Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering
  • Ganesh Jena (born 1972) India, first male from Odisha, India to climb Mount Everest
  • Jimmy Jewell (1953-1987) UK, prolific rock-climbing soloist
  • Konstanty Jodko-Narkiewicz
  • Raghav Joneja (born 1997) India, youngest Indian to climb Mount Everest
  • Kevin Jorgeson (born 1984) US, first free climb of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, US




Reinhold Messner
Thomas Middlemore
Albert F. Mummery


Tenzing Norgay


Juanito Oiarzabal
Adam Ondra
  • Vanessa O'Brien (born 1964) First British & American woman to summit K2[12], first female to complete the Explorers Grand Slam in a single calendar year, fastest woman to climb the Seven Summits[13][14]
  • Cathy O'Dowd (born 1968) South Africa, first female ascent of Everest from both north and south (1999), fourth female ascent Lhotse (2000)
  • Oh Eun-Sun (born 1966) South Korea, first Korean woman to climb Seven Summits, controversy over eight-thousanders claim[15]
  • Juanito Oiarzabal (born 1956) Basque (Spain), all eight-thousanders without supplementary oxygen, record 24 ascents of eight-thousanders
  • Clare O'Leary (born 1972) Ireland, first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest (2004)
  • Adam Ondra (born 1993) Czech Republic, youngest climber to redpoint 5.14d/9a, first climber to redpoint 5.15c/9b+ (Change), and by February 2015 the only climber in the world to redpoint two 5.15c/9b+ (Change and La Dura Dura)
  • Janusz Onyszkiewicz
  • Stanis?aw Osiecki
  • Dan Osman (1963-1998) US, rock climber, soloist, killed whilst attempting his new sport of rope jumping
  • James Outram (1864-1925) Canada, first ascent of Mount Assiniboine


Michel-Gabriel Paccard
Paul Preuss



John Salathé
Horace-Bénédict de Saussure
Ueli Steck
Gottlieb Samuel Studer


Bill Tilman
Francis Fox Tuckett


Karl Unterkircher


  • Arjun Vajpai (born 1993) India, climbed Everest 2010, Lhotse 2011 and Manaslu 2011
  • Ivan Vallejo (born 1959) Ecuador, 14th person to climb all eight-thousanders (7th without supplemental oxygen)
  • Patrick Vallençant (1946-1989) France, alpinist/skier and ski mountaineering pioneer
  • Anak Verhoeven (born 1996) Belgium, first woman to claim a first ascent of a 5.15a
  • Ed Viesturs (born 1959) US, first US climber to climb all eight-thousander (6th without supplemental oxygen)
  • Ludwig Vörg (1911-1941) Germany, first ascent Eiger north face (1938)


Edward Whymper




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