Lionel Terray

1921 - 1965

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Lionel Terray (25 July 1921 – 19 September 1965) was a French climber who made many first ascents, including on the 1955 French Makalu expedition in the Himalaya (with Jean Couzy on 15 May 1955) and Cerro Fitz Roy in the Patagonian Andes (with Guido Magnone in 1952). A climbing guide and ski instructor, Terray was active in mountain combat against Germany during World War II. After the war, he became well known as one of the best Chamonix climbers and guides, noted for his speedy ascents of some of the most notorious climbs in the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps: the Walker Spur of the Grandes Jorasses, the south face of the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey, the north-east face of Piz Badile, and the north face of the Eiger. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lionel Terray has received more than 76,196 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Lionel Terray is the 21st most popular mountaineer, the 2,509th most popular biography from France (down from 13th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French Mountaineer.

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Among mountaineers, Lionel Terray ranks 21 out of 44Before him are Achille Compagnoni, Wanda Rutkiewicz, Kurt Diemberger, Matthias Zurbriggen, John Muir, and Lino Lacedelli. After him are Andrew Irvine, Alain Robert, Jon Krakauer, Anatoli Boukreev, Ardito Desio, and Erhard Loretan.

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Among people born in 1921, Lionel Terray ranks 149Before him are Malcolm Arnold, Meir Amit, Eugenio Coșeriu, Francisco Morales Bermúdez, Luis García Berlanga, and Lidia Gueiler Tejada. After him are Kocheril R. Narayanan, Alain Mimoun, Jack Clayton, Daniel Gélin, Violette Szabo, and Louis Lachenal. Among people deceased in 1965, Lionel Terray ranks 71Before him are Humberto Delgado, Dorothy Dandridge, Bertil Lindblad, Ellen Church, Kōdō Sawaki, and Tito Schipa. After him are Frederick, Prince of Hohenzollern, Taimur bin Feisal, Odile Defraye, Roberto Cherro, Jesse Douglas, and Fred Quimby.

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Among people born in France, Lionel Terray ranks 2,509 out of 5,234Before him are Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux (1737), Charles du Fresne, sieur du Cange (1610), Charles-Eugène Delaunay (1816), Gabriel Matzneff (1936), Pierre Monteux (1875), and George Onslow (1784). After him are François-Paul Brueys d'Aigalliers (1753), Jean Eustache (1938), Pierre Rode (1774), Charles Pathé (1863), Antoine Forqueray (1671), and Gabriel Voisin (1880).


Among mountaineers born in France, Lionel Terray ranks 3Before him are Maurice Herzog (1919) and Jacques Balmat (1762). After him are Alain Robert (1962).