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 Mountaineers of the Century

EverestNews.com Readers Picks

Greatest Climber: Reinhold Messner

Jerzy Kukuczka, Second.

Greatest Woman Climber: Wanda Rutkiewicz & Alison Hargreaves.

Greatest American Climber: No Clear pick: Hornbein & Lowe & Viesturs top in the votes. But many climbers receiving votes.

Greatest Sherpa climber: Appa Sherpa

Greatest climbing pair: Erhard Loretan and Jean Troillet

Greatest Guide: Rob Hall

This was fun ! Many gave us their comments with the votes. Overall, it seems our readers had a similar process that the staff at EverestNews.com did.

We first pulled out the great technical climbers and discussed that they should be the greatest. Then we discussed that others had done more and that many had died. It seems to us that if you died during a summit you really did not make it...

Therefore, we agreed that Overall Achievement (where the climber came home) was the highest basis to be used, in our opinion.

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These votes should also point out to you that many of these H.A. climbers die. If you are just getting into this sport, know that there is a real probability of losing your life out there. Every time you climb on these 8000 meter peaks, you put your life on the line. Look at Alex Lowe, Ginette Harrison and the many others we have lost this year. Be safe, careful and enjoy.

Mountaineers of the Century (Staff Picks)

A Tie for the Greatest:

Greatest Climber: Reinhold Messner & Jerzy Kukuczka

Jerzy, list of climbs are just too tough not to be first. No climbers today, are attempting Jerzy climbs in his style. Messner is Messner.

Greatest Woman Climber: Wanda Rutkiewicz with Ginette Harrison a close second because of her 98-May Kangchenjunga North face (28,208ft) - first female ascent of the mountain puts her on the list, along with her 5 other 8000 meter Summits in two years. A couple of Chinese women climbers are heading up the list. Alison Hargreaves did not make it down from K2.

Greatest American Climber: Tom Hornbein, toughest one to pick.

Greatest Sherpa: Apa Sherpa with Babu Sherpa a close second.

Greatest climbing pair: Erhard Loretan and Jean Troillet

Greatest Guide: Rob Hall 

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