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 The EverestNews.com list of the best of the best Mountaineers today. (12/2001- 1/2002)

In no specific order!

jclphoto_053_2.jpg (66613 bytes) Jean-Christophe Lafaille: He could end up with the best ever.
Krzysztof Wielicki still one of the best! Still attempting stuff today that others won't !!! Makalu Winter 2001, K2 Winter when the sponsors allow. 
Ivan Vallejo aka Edgar Ivan Vallejo Ricaurte from Ecuador; mostly unknown climber who climbs include Everest without oxygen and K2 with ease.
buhler.jpg (8593 bytes) Carlos Buhler, still doing the tough stuff, we would like to see him back on the 8000 meter peaks:)
www.carlosbuhler.com

Back in 1999 we did the best Mountaineers of the Century. So the question was who is the best active Mountaineers today?

Our criteria: One has to have Summits of 8000 meter peaks. You can't be the best of the best high altitude Mountaineer without climbing at least some of the 8000 meter peaks. Therefore, we eliminated those who did not have at least two Summits of 8000 meter peaks. It also seemed to us, that one should be climbing at least some of the time by "fair means" to be among the best of the best. On Everest, this is very difficult today in that the Sherpa climbers perform almost all the work. However, climbing without oxygen seems to us should be a requirement to be the best of the best. Everest has now been climbed over 100 times without oxygen, so it can be done. Completion (not just part) of routes with high degree of difficulty and/or off season attempts were considered as achievements. When comparing anyone to Kukuczka, recall there was only one Kukuczka! Many others climbers came close to making our best of the best list for 2001/2002, however our staff felt these 4 men were the best of the best, today.

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