A profusely illustrated narrative by the world renowned climber Reinhold Messner that documents his most spectacular and unique mountaineering achievements.
He focusses on the most severe test of his abilities: Manaslu, both Gasherbrums, K2, Nanga Parbat, and what led him to climb Everest solo.
It’s easy to write or read a sentence that says Messner soloed Everest without oxygen,
but the reality is acutely astonishing. Many consider Messner’s solo climb of Everest in 1980 to be the still-point of success on Everest.
Later, Messner wrote, “Climbing Everest solo without bottled oxygen in 1980 was the hardest thing I’ve done.
I was alone up there, completely alone ... Mallory said he climbed Everest because it was there. I think we go up so we can come back down again.
This coming down is a very strong experience. You come back from an inhuman place. We are not made for it, this loneliness and cold.
When you come back you feel reborn, you have a new chance.
The experience is so strong you want to have it again and again, but you have to suffer for it.
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