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The Naked Mountain

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Reinhold Messner is famous for many firsts: First to climb all fourteen 8000-meter peaks; first to summit Everest (with Peter Habeler) without supplementary oxygen, first to solo Everest. Nine of these, however, equals the drama of his first summit: 8000-meter peak Nanga Parbat. Thirty-two years later, Messner is still haunted by the events of June, 1970. While others on t ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Mountaineers Books (first published 2002)
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skye
My mountain mentor Ben thought Reinhold Messner was the greatest mountaineer ever. I read his book "The Crystal Horizon" a while back, about his solo no-oxygen climb of the north face of Everest - impressive. This story goes back in time, to 1970, when he climbed the Rupal Face on Nanga Parbat. On the way down, his brother dies in an avalanche.

The book jacket tells you that, so I knew what to expect, but ... man. Heartbreaker. Incredible story of survival and loss. Especially powerful read sinc
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Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Il Nanga Pàrbat o Diamir è la nona montagna più alta della Terra (8125 metri s.l.m) situata in Pakistan. Nanga Parbàt significa "montagna nuda" in lingua urdu mentre gli sherpa, gli abitanti della regione himalayana, la chiamano "la mangiauomini" o la "montagna del diavolo". Il toponimo Diamir, utilizzato localmente, significa la regina delle montagne. È il secondo ottomila (dopo Annapurna) per indice di mortalità ovvero rapporto tra vittime ed ascensioni tentate, con un valore che si aggira int ...more
Mary
This was a very interesting account of the June 1970 climb of Nanga Parbat aka Naked Mountain. Reinhold Messener nearly doesmt make it off the mountain himself and his younger brother is killed. There is a lot of controversy after the disaster. This book shows the other side of the controversy combining papers and journal entries from members of the expedition.

While I myself am not into mountain climbing, I thought the account was interesting. There are a lot of very beautiful pictures throughou
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Nick
A fascinating account of an expedition on Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain in the world. Told through a mixture of diary entries, letters, comments from other members and of course Messner himself this sets his own climb in context with a history of other German attempts on the mountain, and then the tragic events surrounding the loss of his brother. I feel that perhaps some of the flow has been lost in translation, and the choice of words is not always the most stimulating but the heart ...more
Mihaela C.
Geniala cartea! Situatii la limita descrise cu pasiune si acuratete, multa informatie si te face sa intelegi de ce Messner e cel mai bun in alpinismul de altitudine. Respect!
Květuše Konvičková
The beginning of the book is fragmented a lot and I had to force myself to continue reading. The actual story of Messner (starting at cca 65th page) is very well written.
Jean-nicolas
Interesting as a documentary book, but not the most impressive mountain literature. I will have to read more Messner.
Philippe Noth
Le récit de l'ascension d'une des voies les plus difficiles au monde, sur le Nanga Parbat, 8125m, et du drame qui a suivi.

Plus que l'exploit en lui-même, c'est la confrontation des idéaux divergents parmi les membres de l'expédition qui est l'aspect le plus intéressant du livre. Elle a peut-être conduit à l'issue tragique de l'aventure. Messner ne le dit pas clairement - seul le chef d'expédition a le droit de rendre publique la version officielle - mais on sent son sentiment d'injustice devant
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Lovro
read the croatian translation
Carst van der Molen
Large type, and lots of pictures. Easy reading and a fascinating account of Nanga Parbat where Messner lost his brother at the end of an grueling descension.[return]Pity though the story feels like an unfinished one. Probably so we will buy the other book he has written about this adventure.
Meredith
a lot to look at on each page with, pictures, uotes and text it can be a bit overwhelming :)
William
I think Messner was the greatest athlete of the 20th century.
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Reinhold Messner (born September 17, 1944) is an Italian mountaineer and explorer from South Tyrol, often cited as the greatest mountain climber of all time. He is renowned for making the first solo ascents of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level). He is the author of at least 6 ...more
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