Revised List of Nominees

Okay, we’re only days away now from naming the five greatest climbers of all time. For the last time, I revised the list of climbers up for consideration. I won’t post another group of revisions.

(As a total aside, this process has started to remind me of my day job when I am seeking stakeholder input and collecting public comments. Not that this is a bad thing in any way, because it isn’t. Actually, it has actually been a real pleasure.)

First, this final list of nominees removed the pure rock climbers from the list, like Tommy Caldwell and sport climber Chris Sharma. They simply don’t meet the mountaineering rubric, especially as we established that mountaineering is a higher standard of climbing.

Second, I’ve added on several climbers that you felt were left off. I have considered each one to the best of my knowledge and ability.

Third, I need you to correct me if the list is missing anyone that could be in the top five. If so, do so quickly. However, I believe that the five or so greatest climbers of all time are somewhere on this list below. I say “five or so” because while I will name five, I think that we could have one come in as atie or be given a single ranked spot as a dynamic duo, Batman.

  1. Amedeo, Luigi
  2. Anker, Conrad
  3. Beckey, Fred
  4. Bielecki, Adam
  5. Bonatti, Walter
  6. Bonington, Chris
  7. Boardman, Peter
  8. Boukreev, Anatoli
  9. Brown, Joe
  10. Buhl, Hermann
  11. Cassin, Riccardo
  12. Child, Greg
  13. Desio, Ardito
  14. Diemberger, Kurt
  15. Gervasutti, Giusto
  16. Hargreaves, Alison
  17. Haston, Dougal
  18. House, Steve
  19. Humar, Tomaz
  20. Kaltenbrunner, Gerlinde
  21. Katsutaka Yokoyama
  22. Kukuczka, Jerzy
  23. Kurtyka, Voytek
  24. Loretan, Erhard
  25. Lowe, Alex
  26. Messner, Reinhold
  27. Mummery, Alfred
  28. Munday, Phyllis
  29. Paradis, Marie
  30. Park Young-Seok
  31. Pasaban, Edurne
  32. Peck, Annie Smith
  33. Prezelj, Marko
  34. Rabuffat, Gaston
  35. Rutkiewicz, Wanda
  36. Naoe Sakashita
  37. Sabir, Nazir
  38. Scott, Doug
  39. Shipton, Eric
  40. Steck, Ueli
  41. Tasker, Joe
  42. Terray, Lionel
  43. Tilman, Bill
  44. Twight, Mark
  45. Urubko, Denis
  46. Vidal, Silvia
  47. Viesturs, Ed
  48. Whillans, Don
  49. Whymper, Edward
  50. Wielicki, Krystof
  51. Wiessner, Fritz
  52. Workman, Fanny Bullock
  53. Yan Dongdong

I’m posting the five greatest of all time on Monday. I have my picks, but please tell me, who would you pick?

1. _____________________
2. _____________________
3. _____________________
4. _____________________
5. _____________________

Thanks for following this long series of posts. If you’ve enjoyed it, please consider following The Suburban Mountaineer on Facebook and Twitter.

Climbing matters, even though we work nine to five.

Click here for the next post in this series.

Advertisements

Comments

  1. Robert McMurray says:

    Very hard, but:

    Walter Bonatti
    Herman Buhl
    Reinhold Messner
    Ricardo Cassin
    Jerzy Kukuczka

    But,

    Denis Urubko
    Ueli Steck

    make the ‘modern’ day list. But perhaps their achievements even more important, even with the historical context?

    RDM

  2. It is hard. Handicapping them across time is the toughest thing. I’m working on scoring everyone on the list now based on a rubric I posted earlier. It’s interesting how the contemporary climbers are scoring slightly higher, probably because of increased difficulty and those that lead the way. I might have to reassess a bit.

  3. I like your list, Robert, and we’re very much in synch over these names. One major change would be that Buhl doesn’t make the cut on mine; I’ve got Kurtyka there and some other order in the 1 to 5.

  4. It’s a bit late to answer, but I would say:
    5 – Alfred Mummery, for the deep impact he left on mountaineering; or Denis Urubko, in my opinion the best modern climber
    4 – Walter Bonatti
    3 – Herman Buhl
    2 – Reinhold Messner
    1- Jerzy Kukuczka
    Also, even if I am an italian and I consider greatly Luigi Amedeo Duca degli Abruzzi and Ardito Desio, I don’t think they can match the list you made above: they were more great organizers and explorers than great alpinists.
    Also I think you forgot one of the best modern climbers, the russian Valery Babanov.

  5. Not to late; it’s the process of the exercise that matters. And I agree with you assessment of the Duke.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: