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Reinhold Messner Free Spirit: A Climber's Life

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Known as one of history's greatest Himalayan mountaineers, Reinhold Messner was the first person to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks, many of them solo. In this definitive work, he recalls his early climbs in the Alps, expeditions to the Himalaya, the first solo ascents, a trek across Antarctica, and numerous other adventures. 70 photos .
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 7th 1991 by Mountaineers Books (first published January 1st 1991)
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Miglen Evlogiev
Jul 12, 2016 Miglen Evlogiev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Четох я бавно, много много бавно като се опитвах да вниквам във всеки един детайл и момент, защото въображението ми е богато и успявах да си пресъздавам всичко, което Меснер е преживял. Успях да преживея толкова много благодарение на тази книга. Това беше едно много вълнуващо пътуване из върховете по света и след нея още повече уважавам този иначе доказал се инатлив тиролец, който вярвам нищо не може да му се опре. След нея съм още повече вдъхновен за високи изкачвания и истински приключения и я ...more
Mihai Giurgiulescu
In the sport of mountaineering, Reinhold Messner is widely regarded as the greatest ever. Not just because he succeeded in accomplishing a number of firsts (first Everest summit without oxygen, first Everest solo ascent, first to complete the 8000ers, etc), but also because his whole approach to climbing, from technical to ethical considerations, resulted in a paradigm shift. It is difficult and perhaps unfair to ascribe a community-wide change to a single individual; Messner certainly wasn't th ...more
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Reinhold Messner is the king of the world's mountains. Now half-retired to his Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano in the South Tyrol, he is most famous for having made the first successful summit of Mount Everest, minus additional oxygen supply. He is the author of numerous books about mountain climbing, biographies about other famous mountaineers, and a book about his quest for the yeti or abominable snowman. Messner has been a businessman, an elected MEP (Member of the European Parliament) for t ...more
Reinhold Messner made the first successful summit of Mt Everest without supplemental oxygen. He also climbed the highest points on every continent, all mountains over 8000 meters, and had many first ascents on new routes. He spent decades climbing, beginning as a child in South Tyrol (Italy). He has also written numerous books and guides, restored a farmhouse in Tyrol, and opened several museums about mountain people, climbing, etc.

He also claims to not be foolhardy when it comes to climbing. I
Garth Dickerman
Oct 01, 2007 Garth Dickerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Climbers
Messner has had an incredible career of climbing hard. I was just a bit disappointed with this memoir, but it wasn't necessarily his fault.

The book was translated from German, and I think it lost A LOT of its potency. Climbs that would scare the bejesus out of many people sound like cake walks. I don't think he's trying to be overly strong, but his words just don't sound quite the same in English. Oh well.
Aug 19, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! He's a pretty intense individual. This book really got into the mind of a true mountaineer. If you're into mountaineering and gritty mountain speak then this would be a good book for you!
April Sanders
I had to read this to try and understand Messner. I don't think I accomplished that. He is an icon among those who care anything about climbers but not an individual that is easy to relate to. I guess that I need to read more...
Apr 11, 2009 Giulio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic of climbing literature. Messner is both an incredible climber and an incredible writer. This book will in inspire anyone one to go out and climb mountains.
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Really amazing stories, just told in seemingly broken english.
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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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