For most us mountains might be the perfect lazy retreat from the hustle of cities where man can once again be one with the beauty and tranquility of nature but for mountaineers they are mere hurdles to be scaled. Mountaineers are people with exceptional bravery, courage with great intelligence and presence of mind who survive the harsh mountains in order to conquer them. Here are the Top 10 Best Mountaineers In History.
Top 10 Best Mountaineers In History
At number 10 in Top 10 Best Mountaineers is Alberto Inurrategi from Spain. He is the youngest to scale all the eight thousanders by the age of 33 and since he climbs in alpine style with few lines and no bottled oxygen, he is also the fourth to climb all the 14 eight thousanders without bottled oxygen.
At number 9 in Top 10 Best Mountaineers is Radek Jaros from Czech Republic. He is the only Czech to have conquered all 14 eight thousanders and thus has completed the “Crown of Himalaya” and is the thirty-third to do so. Also he ascended all these mountains without the use of bottled oxygen thus making him the 15th person in history to do so.
At number 8 is Andrew Lock from Australia. Andrew was the first Australian to climb all 14 of the eight thousanders and has even climbed some of them twice. He has conquered eight thousanders 18 times till now. He was awarded Australian Geographic Society’s Adventurer of the Year award for 2009 and the Medal of Order of Australia for service to mountaineering in 2011.
At number 7 in Top 10 Best Mountaineers is Juanito Oiarzabal from Spain. The sixth man to reach all the 14 eight thousanders and third to do so without supplementary oxygen, He is the first person to climb the top 3 summits twice (Everest + K2 + Kanchenjunga) and also second on the list of all time eight thousanders climbs with 25 climb.
At number 6 in Top 10 Best Mountaineers is Silvio Mondinelli from Italy. Silvio is the 13th person to climb all the 14 eight thousanders and the sixth to do it without supplementary oxygen. His achievements have earned him the gold cross of Order of Merit of the Guardia di Finanza and 5th class of Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
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At number 5 is Carlos Carsolio from Mexico. Carlos is the fourth man and the first non-european and also the second youngest to climb the world’s 14 eight thousanders and all of them without bottled oxygen though he required emergency oxygen during his descent from Makalu in 1988. Carlos is renowned for his strength and has been nickname “The Mexican Bull of the Himalayas”.
At number 4 in Top 10 Best Mountaineers is Lino Lacedelli from Italy. Lino was the first man to reach the summit of K2 along with Achille Compagnoni and is also notorious for leaving behind his teammates in a life threatening situation in order to ensure that he reached the summit first. He has been awarded Italy’s highest honor Knight of the Grand Cross in 2005. Apart from that he has also authored a couple of books called “The Mountains of my life” and “K2: The Price of Conquest”.
At number 3 is Reinhold Messner from Italy. Messner is often regarded as greatest mountaineer of all time and was the first climber to conquer all 14 peaks of eight thousanders. He has written over 63 books on the subject of mountaineering and his books have been translated into many languages.
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At number 2 in Top 10 Best Mountaineers is Tenzing Norgay from Nepal. One of the most accomplished mountaineers of all time, Tenzing was one of the first two individuals apart from Edmund Hillary to reach the peak of the Mt Everest on 29th May 1953. His feat has been of the greatest achieved by mankind for it showed the grit and determination of man. He was named in the Top Most 100 Influential People in the world of the 20th century by Time. His efforts earned him accolades all around the world including the George Medal from Queen Elizabeth II, Padma Bhushan by the government of India and the Order of Star by Nepal.
Sir Edmund Hillary
At number 1 in Top 10 Best Mountaineers is Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand. Sir Edmund Hillary who is a mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist is one of the greatest persons to have ever lived. He was a legendary explorer who was part of the expedition to both the North and South Poles and with Tenzing Norway became the first person ever to scale the immense height of the Mt Everest, thus making him the only person ever to reach both the poles and the summit of Mt Everest. He was also named as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People of the 20th century. These mountaineers are the pinnacle of human strength and determination who have fought all odds to reach the heights that only a select few have ever reached and walked that part of the earth that only a few have ever set their foot on. Top 10 Best Mountaineers In History.
Top 10 Best Mountaineers In History
1. Sir Edmund Hillary
2. Tenzing Norgay
3. Reinhold Messner
4. Lino Lacedelli
5. Carlos Carsolio
6. Silvio Mondinelli
7. Juanito Oiarzabal
8. Andrew Lock
9. Radek Jaros
10. Alberto Inurrategi