Reinhold Messner Free Spirit: A Climber's Life
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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 June 1991)
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Garth Dickerman
Oct 01, 2007 Garth Dickerman rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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!
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.
Philip Burnett
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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