The short story of 13 famous people who died Climbing Mount Everest, These notable Mount Everest deaths are loosely ordered by how famous each person was, meaning the most well-known people are at the top of the list.
1. George Mallory
Full Name : George Herbert Leigh Mallory
Born : 18 June 1886
Mobberley, Cheshire, EnglandUnited Kingdom
Died : 8–9 June 1924 (aged 37)
The North Face, Mount Everest, Tibet
Cause of death: Mountaineering accident
Body discovered 1 May 1999
Alma mater: Magdalene College, Cambridge
Occupation: Teacher, Mountaineer
Spouse(s): Ruth Turner (1914–1924)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch :British Army
Years of service : 1915–1918
Rank: Lieutenant – Battles/wars World War I
George Herbert Leigh Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest in the early 1920s. During the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition, Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew “Sandy” Irvine both disappeared on the North-East ridge during their attempt to make the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain.
The pair were last seen when they were about 800 vertical feet from the summit. Mallory’s ultimate fate was unknown for 75 years, until his body was discovered on 1 May 1999 by an expedition that had set out to search for the climbers’ remains. Whether Mallory and Irvine had reached the summit before they died remains a subject of speculation and continuing research.
2. Maurice Wilson
|Born||21 April 1898
|Died||c. 31 May 1934 (aged 36)
Mount Everest, Tibet
|Occupation||Mountaineer, Aviator and soldier|
|Known for||Attempted solo ascent of Everest|
Maurice Wilson MC was a British soldier, mystic, mountaineer and aviator who is known for his ill-fated attempt to climb Mount Everest alone in 1934. Often characterised as “eccentric”, he wished to climb Everest as a platform to promote his belief that the world’s ills could be solved by a combination of fasting and faith in God.
Despite his lack of mountaineering or flying experience, he succeeded in flying from Britain to India, surreptitiously entering Tibet and climbing as high as 6,920 metres on Mount Everest. However, he died in his attempt, and his body was found the following year by a British expedition.
3. Andrew Irvine
|Born||Andrew Comyn Irvine
8 April 1902
Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
|Died||8 June 1924 (aged 22)
North Face, Mount Everest, Tibet
|Cause of death||Mountaineering accident|
|Occupation||Student at Merton College, Oxford|
Andrew “Sandy” Comyn Irvine was an English mountaineer who took part in the 1924 British Everest Expedition, the third British expedition to the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. While attempting the first ascent of Mount Everest, he and his climbing partner George Mallory disappeared somewhere high on the mountain’s northeast ridge. The pair were last sighted only a few hundred metres from the summit. Mallory’s body was found in 1999, but Irvine’s body has never been found.
4. David Sharp
|Born||15 February 1972
|Died||15 May 2006 (aged 34)
Mount Everest, Nepal
|Cause of death||Hypothermia or cerebral oedema|
|Education||Prior Pursglove College
the University of Nottingham,
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||150 lb (68 kg)|
David Sharp, was an English mountaineer who died near the summit of Mount Everest. His death caused controversy and debate, because he was passed by a number of other climbers heading to and returning from the summit as he was dying although a number of others did try to help him.
Sharp had previously summitted Cho Oyu and was noted as being a talented rock climber, who seemed to acclimatize well, and was known for being in good humor around mountaineering camps. He had appeared briefly in season one of the television show Everest: Beyond the Limit, which was filmed the same season as his ill-fated expedition to Everest.
5. Peter Boardman
|Born||25 December 1950
Stockport, Cheshire, England, UK
|Died||17 May 1982 (aged 31)
North East Ridge, Mount Everest, Tibet
Peter Boardman was a British mountaineer and author. He is best known for a series of bold and lightweight expeditions to the Himalayas, often in partnership with Joe Tasker, and for his contribution to mountain literature. Boardman and Tasker died on the North East Ridge of Mount Everest in 1982. The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature was established in their memory.
6. Rob Hall
|Born||Robert Edwin Hall
14 January 1961
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Died||11 May 1996 (aged 35)
Mount Everest, Nepal
|Cause of death||Hypothermia Exposure|
|Resting place||South Summit of Everest|
|Known for||1996 Everest disaster|
Robert Edwin Hall, (14 January 1961 – 11 May 1996) was a New Zealand mountaineer best known for being the head guide of a 1996 Mount Everest expedition in which he died, along with a fellow guide and two clients. A best-selling account of the expedition was given in Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air, and the expedition has been dramatised in the 2015 film Everest.
At the time of his death, Hall had just completed his fifth summit of Everest, more at that time than any other non-Sherpa mountaineer.
Hall met his future wife, Jan Arnold, a New Zealand physician, during his Everest summit attempt in 1990. Hall and Arnold climbed Denali for their first date and later married. In 1993, Rob Hall summited Everest along with Arnold.
In the catastrophic 1996 season, Arnold would have accompanied Hall on his Everest expedition, but she was pregnant. Two months after Hall died on the descent from Everest, she gave birth to their daughter Sarah Arnold-Hall. In 2002, Jan Arnold married German cabinet-maker Andreas Niemann, had another daughter with him, and currently resides in Nelson, New Zealand.
7. Scott Fischer
|Born||December 24, 1955
Muskegon, Michigan, United States
|Died||May 11, 1996 (aged 40)
Mount Everest, Nepal
|Cause of death||Exposure, AMS|
|Known for||First American to summit Lhotse|
Katie Rose Fischer-Price
Scott Eugene Fischer (December 24, 1955 – May 11, 1996) was an American mountaineer and mountain guide. He was renowned for his ascents of the world’s highest mountains made without the use of supplemental oxygen.
Fischer and Wally Berg were the first Americans to summit Lhotse (27,940 feet / 8516 m), the world’s fourth highest peak.
Fischer and Ed Viesturs were the first Americans to summit K2 (28,251 feet/ 8611m) without supplemental oxygen. Fischer first climbed Mount Everest (29,029 feet / 8,848 m) in 1994 and later died during the 1996 blizzard on Everest while descending from the peak.
8. Joe Tasker
|Born||12 May 1948
Kingston upon Hull, England
|Died||17 May 1982 (aged 34)
The North-East Ridge, Mount Everest, Tibet
Joe Tasker was one of the most talented British climbers during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Born into a traditional Roman Catholic family, he was one of ten children and spent his early childhood in Port Clarence, Middlesbrough then attended Ushaw Seminary, County Durham between the ages of 13 and 20, in training to become a priest. Fascinated by a book recounting harrowing tales of tragic attempts to climb the North Face of the Eiger, he started climbing in a nearby quarry in 1966.
After leaving the seminary he first worked as a dustman before studying sociology at Manchester University, where he was an enthusiastic participant in the Student Union’s gypsy liaison and soup-run groups. He improved his climbing skills during this time, graduating from rock climbing in Britain to harder routes in the Alps.
9. Babu Chiri Sherpa
|Born||June 22, 1965
Taksindu, Solukhumbu District, Nepal
|Died||April 29, 2001 (aged 35)
|Occupation||Sherpa mountaineer and guide|
|Known for||Summited Mount Everest 10 times
Spend night on the Everest summit (21 hours)
Babu Chiri Sherpa was a Sherpa mountaineer from Nepal. He was a legendary guide who reached the summit of Mount Everest ten times. He held 2 world records on Everest. He spent 21 hours on the summit of Everest without auxiliary oxygen, and he made the fastest ascent of Everest in 16 hours and 56 minutes. Although an accomplished mountaineer, his life dream was to build schools in Nepal
10. Tomas Olsson
|Born||18 March 1976
|Died||16 May 2006 (aged 30)
11. Francys Arsentiev
January 18, 1958
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Died||May 24, 1998 (aged 40)
|Cause of death||Hypothermia and/or Cerebral Edema|
|Known for||First U.S. woman to climb Mount Everest without help of oxygen; died on the descent.|
|Parent(s)||John Yarbro and Marina Garrett|
Francys Arsentiev became the first woman from the United States to reach the summit of Mount Everest without the aid of bottled oxygen, on May 22, 1998. She then died during the descent.
Arsentiev attended Stephens College before ultimately graduating from the University of Louisville. She then received a Master’s degree from the International School of Business Management in Phoenix. Arsentiev worked as an accountant in Telluride, Colorado during the 1980s.
13. Karl Gordon Henize
|Born||17 October 1926
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||5 October 1993 (aged 66)
Mount Everest, Nepal
|Karl Gordon Henize|
|Astronomer, space scientist|
|UVA, B.A. 1947, M.A. 1948
UMich, Ph.D. 1954
|Rank||Lieutenant Commander, USNR|
Time in space
|7d 22h 45min|
|Selection||1967 NASA Group 6|
Karl Gordon Henize, Ph.D. was an American astronomer, space scientist, NASA astronaut, and professor at Northwestern University. He was stationed at several observatories around the world, including McCormick Observatory, Lamont-Hussey Observatory, Mount Wilson Observatory, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Mount Stromlo Observatory.
He was in the astronaut support crew for Apollo 15 and Skylab 2/3/4. As a mission specialist on the Spacelab-2 mission, he flew on Space Shuttle Challenger in July/August 1985. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1974. Nebula Henize 206 was first catalogued in the early 1950s by Dr. Henize.
He died in 1993, during a Mount Everest expedition. The purpose of this expedition was to test for NASA a meter called a Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter (TEPC): testing at different altitudes (17,000 ft, 19,000 ft and 21,000 ft) would reveal how people’s bodies would be affected, including the way bodily tissues behaved, when struck by radiation, and this was important for the planning of long duration space missions.
Having reached Advanced Base Camp at 21,300 feet (6,500 m), the expedition was cut short when Henize died from high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) on October 5, 1993.
13 Famous People Who Died Climbing Mount Everest—–Watch Video Of some of the Unrecovered Bodies Still On Mount Everest
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