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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.