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Climbing celebrities – Famous people who climb

Climbing is becoming more and more popular as it is now an Olympic sport as well. We compiled a list of some of the celebrities who have found this great sport. 

PewDiePie - Felix Kjellberg

Felix Kjellberg who is a famous Youtuber also know as PewDiePie has started climbing. Felix got the idea for climbing from a reddit post where climbing was suggested for him and after trying out the sport he was instantly hooked. In april 2024 he did a collaboration with Magnus Midtbö where they went both indoor and outdoor climbing in Japan. 

Pewdiepie Felix bouldering

Jared Leto

Jared began climbing in 2016 when he was filming his climbing documentary series ‘great wide open’. Since then he has climbed around the world and with famous climbers like Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell. 

Leto has been climbing sport and trad climbs in Yosemite, Red rock canyon and Sardinia. In 2020 he has a near death experience when climbing with Honnold in Red rock as his rope was frayed by the rock. 

Leto is collaborating with The North Face and plays Paolo Gucci in the House of Gucci movie. The partnership between these two companies has been mocked by the climbing community for creating ‘expensive disposable clothing’ and for its promo pictures featuring people hiking in the expensive and impractical clothes. Leto has been one of the faces of the companies and has received some criticism for this. 

Leto is known for his roles as Joker in the suicide squad and Michael Morbius in the Morbius movie . He is also the vocalist in 30 Seconds to Mars. Leto also plays guitar, keyboards and bass.

You can watch the great wide open show for free on youtube: 

Jared Leto climbing indoors with Honnold

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise who is known for his roles in blockbuster movies like “Mission: Impossible” and “Top Gun,” is not just an action star on screen but also a real climber. His passion for climbing was famously showcased in “Mission: Impossible 2,” where he performed a nail-biting free solo climb at Dead Horse Point in Utah. This scene obviously has been enhanced in the studio and doesn’t always show the best technique (the kneebar in the photo is pretty good though!), but did a lot for making climbing well known in its time.

Cruise’s climbing journey is marked by his commitment to performing his own stunts, often incorporating his climbing skills. He has trained extensively to improve his technique, working with professional climbers and stunt coordinators.

 

famous climbing celebrities Tom Cruise kneebar

Jason Momoa

Jason started rock climbing in Needles, South Dakota as a teenager and later met with Chris Sharma in Hueco tanks. The problem solving in bouldering and being outdoors are what really intrigues Momoa in climbing.  Also the culture and society around climbing and skating are important for him.

Momoa enjoys climbing and the outdoors with his kids, but he also travels and climbs with some of the most famous climbers in the world. Jason has often been climbing with Chris Sharma, Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin. 

Jason is one of the owners of On the Roam production company and they are in partnership with So Ill to make climbing and outdoors gear. Momoa is well known for his acting roles in Game of thrones series and the Aquaman and Dune movies.  He is also a writer and a producer.

Jason Momoa bouldering indoors

Brie Larson

Brie Larson, the Academy Award-winning actress known for her role as Captain Marvel, is not just a superhero on screen but also a climbing enthusiast in real life. Larson’s journey into the world of climbing started as part of her intense training for her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where she needed to build incredible strength and agility.

But it turns out, climbing wasn’t just a one-off thing for Larson. She really got hooked! Post her superhero debut, Brie continued to hit the climbing gym, showing off her progress on social media. From tackling bouldering problems to conquering challenging routes.

famous climbing celebrities Brie Larson at indoor climbing gym

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood, the legendary actor and director known for his roles in Westerns and action films, is also a bit of a climbing enthusiast. While he might not be scaling sheer cliff faces like some younger celebs, Eastwood’s love for the outdoors and climbing has been a part of his life for decades.

Did you know that Eastwood was actually involved in climbing long before it became mainstream? Back in the day, during the filming of “The Eiger Sanction” in 1975, Eastwood did much of his own climbing stunts. The film, where he played a retired assassin turned mountain climber, had him scaling the Eiger, a notorious peak in the Swiss Alps. Talk about dedication to the role!


famous climbing celebrities Clint Eastwood chimney climb

David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth started climbing in the sixties at the age of 11. He was a member of the boy scouts and was introduced to climbing through them. 

Diamond Dave is famous for his musical career in Van Halen and his solo albums. One of his most famous albums the skyscraper has a photo of him aid climbing on the wall of Half Dome in Yosemite. There is also video material of this trip on the music video of  ‘just like paradise’.

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