The Most Hated Climbers Ever? Who and Why

Like anyone who spends considerable time together, climbers get into spats. Claims of first ascents, ethical disputes, stretching the truth, and more have made and broken reputations throughout the sport’s history.

The world of rock climbing is no utopia. Disputes, controversies, and factional feuds have raged throughout the sport’s existence. From its renegade roots to its increasingly codified present, opinions, methods, and personalities have consistently clashed.

Who are the most hated climbers of all time? Get Climbers Crag’s take. From our POV, there’s little point in vilifying historical explorer athletes participating in a wholly subjective activity — but we’ll acknowledge the creators of this clip indeed identified some suspects.

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Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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