The Most Famous Climber: Ranking the Legendary Legends

Choose the climber you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Mar 3, 2024 07:03
Welcome to StrawPoll's ultimate quest to crown the most famous climber of all time! As the summit of greatness beckons, we've handpicked a daring selection of world-renowned, gravity-defying legends who've scaled the highest peaks and the steepest walls, capturing our collective imagination. But who do you believe truly stands atop this mountain of fame? It's time for you to decide! Cast your vote for your favorite daredevil or suggest a missing climbing icon who has etched their name in the annals of mountaineering history. Join us on this exhilarating adventure as we ascend to new heights and uncover the ultimate climbing hero, one vote at a time. The peak awaits - let the thrilling climb begin!

Who Is the Most Famous Climber?

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    He was the first person to successfully climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, in 1953. He is widely considered one of the greatest climbers of all time.
    Sir Edmund Hillary in other rankings
  2. 2
    Reinhold Messner
    Ptolusque · CC BY-SA 4.0
    He is widely regarded as one of the greatest mountaineers of all time. He was the first person to climb all 14 mountains over 8,000 meters, and has made numerous other significant climbs.
    Reinhold Messner in other rankings
  3. 3
    Alex Honnold
    Niccolò Caranti · CC BY-SA 3.0
    He is a free solo climber, meaning he climbs without any ropes or other protective gear. He is known for his daring climbs, including the first free solo ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
    Alex Honnold in other rankings
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    Lynn Hill
    Jarle Vines · CC BY 3.0
    She is a pioneering female climber who made history by completing the first free ascent of The Nose on El Capitan, one of the most difficult climbs in the world.
  5. 5
    He is a professional climber who is known for his successful ascents of some of the most difficult routes in the world. He is also known for his perseverance, having lost a finger in a saw accident but continuing to climb at a high level.
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    Ueli Steck
    Ludovic Péron · CC BY-SA 3.0
    He was a Swiss climber who was known for his speed climbing, making record-breaking ascents of some of the world's most difficult peaks. He died in a climbing accident in 2017.
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    Tenzing Norgay
    SAS Scandinavian Airlines · Public domain
    He was a Sherpa mountaineer who, along with Edmund Hillary, made the first successful ascent of Mount Everest. He is considered a hero in Nepal and is widely respected in the climbing community.
    Tenzing Norgay in other rankings
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    Chris Sharma
    Mocco2 (talk) (Uploads) · Public domain
    He is a professional climber who is known for his difficult climbs and for pushing the limits of what is possible in the sport. He has made numerous first ascents and has won multiple world championships.
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    He is a veteran climber who has made significant ascents of some of the world's most difficult peaks. He is also known for his work as a conservationist, helping to protect the environment in mountainous regions.
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    She is a French climber who is known for her solo ascents of some of the most difficult routes in the world. She has also made significant contributions to the sport as a writer and filmmaker.

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About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous climber. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or climber is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each climber once every 24 hours. The rank of each climber is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous climber

Mountaineering is one of the most challenging and thrilling sports in the world. It requires a tremendous amount of skill, endurance, and courage. Over the years, many climbers have gained worldwide fame for their incredible achievements on some of the most treacherous peaks on the planet. From Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to summit Mount Everest, to Alex Honnold, the free solo climber who conquered El Capitan, there have been numerous legendary climbers who have inspired awe and admiration in people around the world. In this article, we will explore the question of who is the most famous climber of all time, taking into account their accomplishments, their impact on the sport, and their overall popularity among the general public.

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