Charles Evans, Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Tom Bourdillion and George Band after the 1953 Mt Everest ascent in Nepal.

Charles Evans, Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Tom Bourdillion and George Band after the 1953 Mt Everest ascent in Nepal.

Alex Honnold soloing on the Regular Route on Half Dome. What a place to contemplate life, death, the universe and everything.

alex honnold half dome yosemite free soloing no rope - If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.

George Mallory and Andrew Irvine left their camp just 800 feet from the summit of Mount Everest on a mission to be the first mountaineers to ascend the world's highest peak (29,035 feet). They were never heard from again.

George Mallory and Andrew Irvine left their camp just 800 feet from the summit of Mount Everest on a mission to be the first mountaineers to ascend the world's highest peak feet). They were never heard from again.

Walter Bonatti. Died 13 September, 2011.

Walter Bonatti - ascent of when he was just 24 years old and for the first solo winter climb of the Matterhorn north face.

The man who started it all. The greatest free-climber who ever lived and an inspiration to generations of climbers who followed. 'Hot' Henry Barber.

A Gunkie, and an inspiration to generations of climbers: 'Hot' Henry Barber.

John Bacher, 1957 - 2009. When I first visited Yosemite Valley in 1979, I remember John playing his saxaphone in the Camp 4 carpark. His solo exploits were already legendary.

John Bacher, 1957 - When I first visited Yosemite Valley in I remember John playing his saxaphone in the Camp 4 carpark. His solo exploits were already legendary.

This is how I knew Jim. I climbed with him for a full week in Yosemite in 1979, just after he did his ascent of Cerro Torre in Argentina. He was suffering from jaundice but he still sailed up grade 25s. I was just 21 and I learned a lot from Jim.

This is how I knew Jim. I climbed with him for a full week in Yosemite in just after he did his ascent of Cerro Torre in Argentina. He was suffering from jaundice but he still sailed up grade I was just 21 and I learned a lot from Jim.

Fred Beckey is 88 years old. He started climbing at 13 and never stopped. He's the most prolific first ascensionist in the sport's history.

The Old Man, His Mountains

Fred Beckey 90 years old. Started climbing at age Photo by Nordique. Wrote: Fred Beckey's 100 Favorite Climbs in North America (Patagonia Books)

Walter Bonatti (on the right) is one of climbing's great legends. He died on September 13, 2011, aged 81. RIP.

Leading Italian mountaineer whose career was dogged by controversy

John Bachar soloing Crack-a-go-go (5.11c), Cookie Cliff, Yosemite, California. Photo by Phil Bard,

John Bachar soloing Crack-a-go-go Cookie Cliff, Yosemite, California. Photo by Phil Bard,

John Syrett really was an inspiration to me when I started climbing in 1974. His best years were already behind him but his reputation was enormous. In 1985 he was found dead at the bottom of Malham Cove in Yorkshire. Photo Gordon Stainforth©

John Syrett really was an inspiration to me when I started climbing in His best years were already behind him but his reputation was enormous. In 1985 he was found dead at the bottom of Malham Cove in Yorkshire.

The Ox. Slim Sorrell gives his neck muscles a work out balancing Joe Brown and Pete Cargill. The Lake District, UK. 1951.

The Ox. Slim Sorrell gives his neck muscles a work out balancing Joe Brown and Pete Cargill. The Lake District, UK.

Mark Moorhead, Mt Arapiles 1980. One of the most talented climbers of his generation.

Mark Moorhead, Mt Arapiles One of the most talented climbers of his generation.

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