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Published August 27th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1973)
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Jean-charles
Feb 13, 2013 Jean-charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Reinhold Messner est une légende vivante, car comme on le sait, un alpiniste est quelqu'un qui redescend dans la vallée (Gaston Rebuffat), ce que Messner a toujours réussi à faire.

Ce livre publié en 1973 parle de la période avant l'accident de son frère Günther au Nanga Parbat en 1970. Il ne s'agit donc pas de Reinhold l'alpiniste qui a conquis les quatorze huit-mille sans oxygène, mais de Reinhold du temps où il avait encore tous ses orteils. Il définissait les règles du jeu en escalade libre
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Eugene Miya
Jun 04, 2012 Eugene Miya rated it it was amazing
This is the first of Messner's books translated into English. This is why the reading is so clunky. But it has to be rated 5-stars because of its historic significance to climbing. Messner is in a class by himself. He did Everest solo and no oxygen (causing a friend on K2 to try it without supplemental O2 which he regrets a little). Maybe Messner is a Superman? The English language ascent accounts of Everest overshadow Messner's Rupal Flank of Nanga Parbat.

Most English-only speaking readers/non-
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Wesley Blixt
Sep 28, 2009 Wesley Blixt rated it it was amazing
They simply do NOT get any heavier than Messner. You think you like climbing? You will find it harder to like but also find it far more compelling after reading The Seventh Grade. At 57, I have no business even fantisizing about climbing high and off the grid. But Messner gets under your skin with the heartbreak of it all. The light, the air, the contrast, the exhiliration, the lonliness. Even his stilted German diction doesn't distract. This book includes the account of Reinhold's brother's dea ...more
Dan
Jan 17, 2009 Dan rated it it was ok
In a genre full of self-important writing, I felt Messner's book was right at home.

For a book that is considered to be "classic" in mountaineering literature, I found The Seventh Grade to be on par with something that I would have written in the 7th grade....

"We climbed through a few difficulties and then were finished" seemed to be the theme.

I did like the quote:

"The mountains are just. They take no account of class or difficulty, size or fluency of speech. They give back to everyone as much as
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Shelley
Mar 09, 2011 Shelley rated it liked it
Reinhold Messner is one of the elite alpine climbers in the world who played a huge role in the foundation of alpine climbing. He took great risks and pushed himself physically to the limit, claiming numerous ascents and solo ascents of some of the greatest mountains in the world. Even as a climber, I often read a passage and thought that this guy was nuts! ....though I'm quite jealous of his athleticism, drive, and confidence when climbing.

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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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