Who is the best mountain climber in the world at the moment?

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I think that's a question of personal preference. Certainly Ed Viesturs is one of the best, but being a sponsored American he gets a lot of media attention that others simply don't get. Climbing the 8,000ers does not qualify one as a better climber than those who haven't - climbing them is often for commercial reasons not personal ones. There are much harder climbs on mountains of lesser height. The link below gives a link to the seventeen climbers who have completed the 8,000ers, as well as three whose claim is disputed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight-thous… Other great climbers at the moment include: - Kenton Cool, a British guide who has recently done a lot of guiding work on Everest and also guided Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the North Face of the Eiger. - Veikka Gustafsson, a Finnish bloke who has done a lot of high altitude climbing with Ed Viesturs. This year he completed the 14 8,000ers - Pemba Dorjie, a more
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