The 10 Greatest Beards in Outdoor History, and the Men Who Wore Them

There’s a lot of sub­jec­tiv­i­ty when it comes to great beards; many peo­ple today think that they belong into this cat­e­go­ry. Some may even include a father, fam­i­ly mem­ber, or spouse. But when it comes to the great­est beards in out­door his­to­ry, there is real­ly only one accu­rate list. And that is this one.


John “Griz­zly” Adams

Griz­zly Adams did have a beard. This famous fron­tiers­men and bear wran­gler is the sym­bol for a true out­doorsy beard. When you rock a beard like this, you instant­ly have author­i­ty over all bears in the area.

Photo Source: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/grizzly%20adams?before=20
Pho­to Source: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/grizzly%20adams?before=20

Rein­hold Mess­ner
Don’t let his boy­ish good looks and wavy hair fool you, Rein­hold is a man’s man and bows his beard to no one; includ­ing Ever­est. Upon being the first per­son to ascend the mon­u­men­tal moun­tain solo, with­out sup­ple­men­tal oxy­gen, his beard grew in further.

Photo Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/Reinhold_Messner_in_Koeln_2009.jpg
Pho­to Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/Reinhold_Messner_in_Koeln_2009.jpg

Ponce De Leon
If the foun­tain of youth did indeed work, then the world would still be blessed with this Span­ish explor­er’s adven­tur­ous facial hair. Add in the 15th cen­tu­ry garb and cape, and he would of been a 21st cen­tu­ry ladies man.

Pho­to Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ponce_de_Le%C3%B3n

Paul Bun­yan
Folk­lore leg­end Paul Bun­yan is best know for his epic beard as much as his blue ox. Also cred­it­ed for the cre­ation of the Grand Canyon, Mount Hood, and the last of the Great Lakes; don this beard and size 60 hik­ing boots and start cre­at­ing leg­ends of your own.

Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cybernezumi/486534245/sizes/o/in/photostream/
Pho­to Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cybernezumi/486534245/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Leif Eric­son
Before the time of pho­tographs, there is no way this Norse explor­er did­n’t have the stereo­typ­i­cal Norse explor­er beard and lum­ber­ing appear­ance. After all, that par­tic­u­lar stereo­type is fash­ioned after him.

Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpellgen/7816255722/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Pho­to Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpellgen/7816255722/sizes/l/in/photostream/

John Muir
Not­ed for his col­lec­tion of envi­ron­men­tal writ­ing as thick as his beard is long, John Muir gave a voice to the Nation­al Forests, and a face for a tru­ly man­ly beard. To repli­cate his work, sim­ply start writ­ing, and don’t stop until your beard grows down to the page your writ­ing on.

Photo Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/John_Muir_by_Taber_%26_Boyd%2C_c1880.jpg
Pho­to Source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/ff/John_Muir_by_Taber_%26_Boyd%2C_c1880.jpg

Gus McCrae
Chuck Nor­ris’s beard has lit­tle on fel­low Texas Ranger Gus McCrae’s mus­tache. (Lone­some Dove, Comanche Moon, & Dead Man’s Walk). This fic­tion­al cow­boy’s mus­tache still embod­ies every­thing the Wild West once was, and can only be pulled off by the man­li­est of men.

Photo Source: http://www.gonemovies.com/WWW/Hoofd/A/PhotoLarge.php?Keuze=DuvallLonesomeDove5&Age=&Sort=
Pho­to Source: http://www.gonemovies.com/WWW/Hoofd/A/PhotoLarge.php?Keuze=DuvallLonesomeDove5&Age=&Sort=

Ansel Adams
Best known for his pic­tures, and not for his pic­ture, Ansel Adams rocked the bald-head­ed beard almost as well as he cap­tured the most revered pic­tures of the Amer­i­can Wilderness.

Photo Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/05/Ansel_Adams_and_camera.jpg
Pho­to Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/05/Ansel_Adams_and_camera.jpg

Jere­mi­ah John­son
This clas­sic Robert Red­ford role would of stood no chance in the wilder­ness with­out his rugged looks. And it proves one thing, a man with this much beard can’t be left alone for too long.

Photo Source: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/jeremiah-johnson-v26037
Pho­to Source: http://www.allmovie.com/movie/jeremiah-johnson-v26037

John­ny Apple­seed
This nurs­ery pio­neer was best known for trav­el­ing the coun­try and shak­ing apple seeds out of his beard. Maybe not as well known, this eclec­tic char­ac­ter was a real life con­ser­va­tion­ist and can be con­tributed towards the pro­duc­tion of thou­sands of apple trees across Penn­syl­va­nia, Ohio, Indi­ana, and Illinois.

Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22280677@N07/3478092302/sizes/l/in/photostream/
Pho­to Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22280677@N07/3478092302/sizes/l/in/photostream/